The Greenbrier’s new owner, Jim Justice, said he plans to open a small casino at the four-star White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. resort by fall, and he wants the dice rolling and cards being dealt at a full-scale gambling operation by April 1.
Justice unveiled architectural drawings for a casino, shops and restaurants featuring sushi and steaks that would be built under the resort’s front lawn earlier this month. Gambling guests would reach the operation via staircases and elevators near the hotel’s front entrance. The approach “won’t take away from anything,” including Greenbrier’s architecture, Justice said in an article in USA Today.
Justice, a businessman with interest in coal and agriculture, bought The Greenbrier out of bankruptcy for $20.1 million in May. He contends that adding a tasteful casino will help restore profitability and the coveted five-star Mobil Travel Guide rating it lost in 2000.
The drawings should be finished shortly, followed quickly by groundbreaking, Justice said. Before the casino is finished next spring, the plan is to add a few table games and slot machines within 10 weeks.
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