Gun Lake Casino has announced a $100 million expansion plan to double its size by summer 2021.
“We have undergone a careful and detailed process to understand how to best serve the needs of our current guests — and enhanced dining, entertainment and gaming amenities are a high priority,” said Sal Semola, president and COO, Gun Lake Casino.
The project is slated to add 72,000 square feet and substantially grow the size of the gaming floor, featuring an additional 400 slot machines and a larger non-smoking area.
The casino’s entertainment venue, Stage 131, will get a facelift and see two new, upscale restaurants with patio space.
“These great new amenities will provide new experiences for our guests as part of our continued effort to make Gun Lake Casino the premier entertainment destination in western Michigan,” Semola said.
The expansion is expected to create 125 new permanent jobs.
Since Gun Lake Casino opened in 2011, it has expanded several times, including a $76 million, 73,000-square-feet expansion completed in 2017. The newest $100 million expansion takes the Tribes total investment in assets to $415 million.
In other news at Gun Lake Casino, the enterprise is hosting a BlackJack Dealer Academy in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Offered through the college’s Workforce Training program, the program will train students to become blackjack dealers and prepare them for jobs at the casino that would pay an average of $18-$20 per hour. This is the first college-Tribal casino partnership of its kind in Michigan to create this type of academy.
In addition to gaining experience as a dealer, “the casino offers all kinds of career paths and there are GRCC graduates working there today,” Julie Parks, Executive Director of GRCC Workforce Training said.