In Canada, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited has announced that it will be spending around $14 million in order to renovate its casino in the small southern Ontario town of Hanover before rebranding the property in December as Playtime Casino Hanover.

New jobs to be created:

Vancouver-based Gateway Casinos And Entertainment Limited is responsible for some 27 gaming properties spread across British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta and it used an official Thursday press release to declare that its plan for the Gateway Casinos Hanover facility is set to create up to 70 new jobs in the Grey County community of some 7,650 residents.

Expansion follows 2016 award:

The Canadian casino operator was awarded 20-year gaming licenses for the casinos in the Ontario communities of Woodstock, Clinton, Dresden and Hanover in late-2016 as part of the state-run Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s ‘southwest gaming bundle’. It has since initiated an around $20 million project that will see Sarnia’s Gateway Casinos Point Edward venue transformed into the Starlight Casino Point Edward while promising to spend approximately $27 million in order to build the province’s Cascades Casino Chatham.

Facility to welcome pair of restaurants:

Gateway stated that the Hanover renovation is to involve the venue’s footprint being expanded to cover 32,672 sq ft with the addition of a 3,283 sq ft mezzanine level. It explained that this area is subsequently to be filled with its signature Match Eatery and Public House and The Buffet restaurant brands alongside an expanded gaming floor featuring 300 slots as well as eight gaming tables.

Cooperative effort:

Linda McColl, General Manager for the soon-to-be-rebranded Hanover casino, described the coming renovation as ‘the beginning of a whole new gaming and entertainment experience.’ She subsequently thanked the operator behind the adjacent Hanover Raceway, Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, for ‘making space available to us’ alongside Hanover Mayor Sue Paterson and local Chief Administration Officer Brian Tocheri for ‘allowing us to proceed so quickly.’