Work begins on $275 million expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel has broken ground on a $275 million expansion.
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel has broken ground on a $275 million expansion.

MURPHY, N.C. – Ground has broken on a $275 million expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel.

The expansion is expected to take two years, with the featured highlight being a new hotel tower with 296 rooms, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.

As reported by casino.org, the investment includes expanding the casino floor by 25,000 square feet to add 400 slot machines, 12 table games, a 10-table World Series of Poker room, and a 22-seat bar with 14 tabletop gaming units.

Also planned are a new restaurant, a 10,000-square-foot full-service spa and salon, 1,700 additional parking spaces, and six electric vehicle charging stations.

Originally opened in 2015, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is located just minutes north of the Georgia state line and east of the Tennessee border.

“Since opening day, we have continued to exceed all expectations set for us,” says Tommy Lambert, chair of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian’s Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise. “We are grateful for the continued support we have.”

As the article states, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel’s first expansion was completed in 2017 at a cost of $13 million, adding 41,000 square feet of non-gaming entertainment, including a bowling alley, arcade, and sports bar.

According to casino operator Caesars, the expansion project will create more than 2,500 construction jobs, and 100 new employees in the new facilities. The casino expanded its gaming operations earlier this year with sports betting.

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