Southland Casino expansion offers economic growth and opportunity – FOX13 News Memphis

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — More jobs are coming to Southland Casino in West Memphis, Ark., as part of a $250 million expansion.

The new Southland Casino complex will feature thousands of slot machines, entertainment venues and multiple dining options, but the main focus before the complex opens is to hire people.

“We’re trying to fill some positions that are opening up,” Southland chief marketing officer Jeff Strang said.

Strang said the expansion isn’t just about a fresh coat of paint.

Along with the $250 million expansion, it’s a chance to give more than 400 people jobs they can grow into.

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon told FOX13 it would have a positive impact on the area.

“I think it will be great for the city of West Memphis,” McClendon said, “They’re growing, we’re growing.”

Strang said the resort is expected to open around late March or early April.

He said there would be 2,400 slot games, up to 60 table games, brand new restaurants, a new steakhouse and a new buffet.

Southland hosts hiring events across the region, including Thursday in Southaven, Miss.

Strang said he interacted with people who said they were excited to hear about the opportunity because they had been out of work for some time due to COVID.

Mayor McClendon said the casino’s partnership with local businesses and organizations gives more reason to expand into the area.

He said he believed the casino wouldn’t stop at 400 new hires.

“I think it’s going to create over a thousand more jobs for families here in Tennessee and Mississippi as well. It’s an opportunity,” McClendon said.

“We hope this will inspire people to come and join a great company that we have.”

To get workers in place for the spring opening, Southland has planned other hiring events:

  • FedExForum Lobby on Beale Street – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, Jan. 26;
  • Southland Kennel Club (located on the second floor racing mezzanine) – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Wednesday, February 2

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