News for the Hospitality Executive
WETUMPKA, Ala., July 13, 2012 -- Plans were unveiled today to turn Wetumpka's Creek Casino into a deluxe resort that will attract tourists from around the country to the picturesque river town outside of Montgomery.
PCI Gaming Authority (PCIGA), the gaming enterprise owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, announced the project at a press conference on the building site today where construction has already begun on Wind Creek Wetumpka. It is slated to open in May of next year.
"We have set very high standards for our Wind Creek Casino and Hotel brand," noted Jay Dorris, President of PCIGA. "This is one of the most beautiful settings imaginable for this kind of first-class resort, and we want it to offer the same kind of quality experience that people have come to expect from Wind Creek in Atmore, which is one of the few hotels in our state with a Four Diamond rating."
The new resort will include a 20-story hotel tower with 285 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites, all of which will overlook the Coosa River. The property will feature a 90,000 square foot gaming floor with more than 2,500 electronic gaming machines, a resort pool, and entertainment rooms suitable for large parties and corporate events.
Wind Creek Wetumpka will also feature a number of dining choices including a grill, a coffee shop, a snack bar, a fine dining restaurant, and a buffet that overlooks the Coosa River.
Like its predecessor, Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore, the property is expected to be an economic engine in the surrounding area. It is estimated that 1,200 workers will be hired over the course of construction. Currently, Wetumpka's Creek Casino employs 400 full-time employees with benefits. Once completed, the new resort will generate another 600 jobs with benefits bringing the total to 1,000 full-time employees.
"This project will provide much needed jobs to Tribal Members and our neighbors in Wetumpka," said Poarch Tribal Chairman Buford L. Rolin. "We have seen Wind Creek in Atmore have a very positive ripple effect on the economy, and we look forward to seeing other businesses in the Wetumpka community grow and prosper because of this development."
This Wind Creek project overlooks Alabama's Coosa River. It is located on Highway 231 just 9 miles northeast of Montgomery. The architect for the project is Hnedak Bobo Group and Flintco Construction is the general contractor.
About Wind Creek Casino & Hotel
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel is a massive 240,000 square foot facility, with 57,000 square feet of gaming floor and over 1,600 electronic gaming machines. The 160,000 square foot, 17-story, 236-room luxury hotel offers the finest in resort amenities, with spacious rooms and 24-hour-a-day room service.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. The tribe owns gaming properties in Alabama including Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, AL, Creek Casino Montgomery in Montgomery, AL and Creek Casino Wetumpka in Wetumpka, AL as well as multiple racetracks in Alabama and Florida.