Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has pledged to invest approximately $18m into its Hanover Casino property, creating up to 70 new jobs in the municipality in the process.
The expanded casino is to be re-branded as Playtime Casino Hanover, built around the “design inspiration of play” and aiming to deliver “a high energy and fun experience” to all patrons.
As part of the plans, the property’s footprint is to extend to 32,672 square feet with an additional 3,283 square foot mezzanine, and will feature 300 slots and eight live table games, pending the necessary required approvals.
Furthermore, Playtime Casino Hanover is to also serve as a showcase for Gateway’s signature restaurant brands, Match Eatery and Public House and The Buffet.
Linda McColl, general manager at Gateway Casinos, Playtime Hanover, explained: “This is the beginning of a whole new gaming and entertainment experience for Hanover.
“The Hanover, Bentinick & Brant Agricultural Society have been great partners in this venture making space available to us in in the former proposed Carriage Hall banquet facility.
“I want to thank Randy Rier from the agricultural society and Rhonda Waechter from the raceway for their help in making this happen.
“I also want to thank Hanover Mayor Sue Paterson and CAO Brian Tocheri for their help and support as well for allowing us to proceed so quickly.”
Renovations are expected to be completed by December of this year, with the plans building upon previous announcements of a new $36m Cascades Casino to be built in Chatham-Kent, and $26m renovation currently underway to transform Gateway Point Edward to Starlight Casino Point Edward.
Sue Paterson, Hanover Mayor, added: “On behalf of council, we are equally excited about Gateway’s growth plans for Hanover. We believe Gateway couldn’t have picked a better community in which to invest $18 million.
“We are particularly pleased to see that construction of the agricultural society’s Carriage Hall project will be completed, and that the partnership with the agricultural society remains strong. I also want to thank CAO Brian Tocheri, and chief building official and director of development Don Tedford for their help and support.”