BETTING ON BRISTOL: Plans for resort casino, sports betting, children’s area at Bristol Mall


THAT COULD BRING A CASINO TO THE TRI-CITIES REGION… THEY ARE BETTING IF THEY BUILD A RESORT AND CASINO ON THE FORMER BRISTOL MALL PROPERTY…IT WOULD GENERATE NEARLY 2 THOUSAND JOBS AND GIVE A MUCH NEEDED BOOST TO SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA’S ECONOMY.. JORDAN MOORE REVEALS PROJECT DETAILS…AND WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO MAKE THE CASINO A REALITY. JOSH SARA THIS PROJECT, IF APPROVED WOULD BE MONUMENTAL FOR THE CITY OF BRISTOL, VIRGINIA—THOUSA NDS OF JOBS…NEW STORES, RESTAURANTS A RESORT AND CASINO—- BUT THIS IS A VISION THAT NEEDS MUCH MORE THAN JUST LOCAL APPROVAL—- IF YOU’VE DRIVEN BY THE BRISTOL MALL RECENTLY AND SEEN THE SIGN THAT READS “WE’RE BETTING ON BRISTOL” AND WEREN’T REALLY SURE WHAT THAT MEANT? —-FRIDAY MORNING’S NEWS CONFERENCE INSIDE THE NOW VACANT BUILDING GAVE US A BETTER EXPLANATION…. “WE WOULD HAVE 90,000 SQUARE FEET FOR A CASINO…WHICH WOULD BE SLOT MACHINES AND TABLE GAMING, AND WE WOULD HAVE 25,000 APPROXIMATELY OF SPORTS BET” BACKING THE DEAL – ONE OF THE REGION’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS…SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COAL EXECUTIVE…. JIM MCGLOTHLIN. HE ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TO TURN THIS SITE…INTO A RESORT AND CASINO WITH AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE AREA FOR CHILDREN… “SKATING, BUMPER CARS, JUMP JUMP, SWIMMING..” BUT THAT’S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBURG… “ALL THE PARKING LOTS WILL BE RE- PAVED, I EVEN WANT TO PUT A ROLLER COASTER THAT GOES FROM THE CHILDRENS AREA ALL OVER THIS PROPERTY.” IDEAS THAT ARE ALL LAID OUT ON THEIR BRAND NEW WEBSITE—- TO PROMOTE THE RESORT AND CASINO, SHOW PEOPLE WHAT AMENITIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE.AND WHY THIS CITY NEEDS A PROJECT LIKE THIS…. BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT WILL TAKE MORE THAN JUST CONVINCING PEOPLE LIKE BRISTOL, VIRGINIA CITY LEADERS “HE HAS MY 110 PERCENT SUPPORT, I KNOW HE HAS THE COUNCIL’S SUPPORT…” BECAUSE AS OF NOW, CASINO- STYLE GAMBLING ISN’T LEGAL IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA “AND WE NEED THE VIRGINIA STATE LEGISLATURES HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND THEN WE NEED THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO APPROVE IT.” BUT BACK TO THAT EARLIER QUESTION….WHY DOES BRISTOL, VIRGINIA NEED THIS… MAYOR KEVIN MUMPOWER’S ANSWER…IS THAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS A BOOST… “THIS IS EMOTIONAL, THE REASON IS THIS COMMUNITY HAS STRUGGLED FOR HOW LONG, YEARS…THIS WOULD BE BIG FOR THIS COMMUNITY, OUR KIDS WOULD BENEFIT, OUR GRANDKIDS ARE GOING TO BENEFIT.” MCGLOTHLIN ADDING THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE THAT BOOST BY MCGLOTHLIN ADDING THAT THEY WILL MCGLOTHLIN TOLD US FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT WILL COME FROM PRIVATE DOLLARS. HE SAID THEY’RE PREPARING TO GO BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN MARCH. IF THEY GET APPROVAL TO LEGALIZE CASINO-STYLE GAMBLING IN VIRGINIA…HE WANT’S TO OPEN 18 MONTHS FROM THAT APPROVAL DATE, WHICH HE SAID WOULD PUT THEM OPENING SOMETIME IN LATE 20-20 REPORTING LIVE IN BRISTOL, VIRGINIA JORDAN MOORE NEWSCHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER. MCGLOTHLIN DID MAKE IT CLEAR – HIS CASINO PLAN DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PROPOSED MEDICAL CANNABIS PROJECT ON SITE. HE SAID HE’S HOPEFUL IT COMES TO BRISTOL… BUT NOT AT THE MALL.

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