South Carolina tribe to open new casino

The tribe says the new casino will create 2,600 jobs.
The tribe says the new casino will create 2,600 jobs.

The Catawa Nation tribe from South Carolina has begun constructing a new casino outside Charlotte in North Carolina.

US.- The Catawba Nation tribe of South Carolina has announced it has begun construction of a new casino west of Charlotte, in North Carolina.

The resort off Interstate 85 in Kings Mountain will cost US$273 million and is expected to house 54 table games, 1,800 electronic games, a hotel, retail outlets and several restaurants over 195,000 square feet. A temporary casino could be completed by early summer 2021, but the full resort will take another 18 months.

The Catawba Nation estimates that the casino will create 2,600 direct jobs, and another 1,400 through construction and other services.

The venue, which will be named Kings Mountain Catawba Casino, will be the third casino resort in the state to be operated by tribes. There are no commercial casinos.

The move comes after the South Carolina tribe won federal approval from the Department of the Interior in March. However, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina has launched a legal challenge against the project, arguing that the Rock Hill-based Catawbas are infringing on Cherokee land.

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