Parx Casino’s gaming operations in Bensalem, PA, have been doing really well. The casino constantly sees a flurry of traffic and, as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly recedes, better days are still to come. The only downside to the casino is that it doesn’t offer any type of on-site accommodations. That could soon change, as Parx plans on adding a hotel to the property.
If You Build It, They Will Come
Parx Casino plans to open a 300-room hotel adjacent to the Bensalem casino, according to PlayPennsylvania. The casino is the most successful casino in Pennsylvania, which makes the inclusion of a hotel common sense.
PlayPennsylvania indicates that it obtained details from Parx employees regarding plans to build a hotel. They mentioned that they were planning to build a hotel on Parx Casino’s property in Bensalem and had solicited proposals from national and local architects.
The email reads, “Right now, we are contemplating a 300 room hotel with a bar, restaurant, night club, pool/spa complex, and some modular meeting space. This should take about 18-24 months.”
The project will likely come sooner than that. PlayPennsylvania was given additional information that indicated the email was from a couple of months ago. This means that the timeframe is likely 16-18 months for the hotel.
PGCB Signs off on Mini-Casino in Shippensburg
Cumberland County will soon get its first casino. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved licenses that will allow a Parx Casino subsidiary to be established in Shippensburg Township.
Wednesday’s vote by the gaming regulator granted final approvals to the satellite casino at 25 Conestoga Drive. It will occupy slightly more than half of the existing 139,410-square-foot building. It will feature 500 slots machines, 48 electronic game tables and, if approval is given, a sports bar.
The license holder, GW Cumberland Op Co., is a company owned by the parent company of Parx Casino. This LLC does business under the names Greenwood Racing and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment.
According to John Dixon, Greenwood’s chief operational officer, who spoke to the PGCB Wednesday, retrofitting could begin as soon as next month. He also stated that the casino would open in November.
Parx plans to apply for a certificate that will allow the addition of sports betting to the site in the future. Dixon stated that the electronic table games, which include blackjack, poker and other games, would use live dealers.