Good evening I’m Stan Boney. And I’m Mandy Noell. Economic Development officials in Mercer County are tonight confident they will get one of the new casino licenses in Pennsylvania. The first one was auctioned today. There are nine more left – and the have the perfect spot for one of them – near the Grove City Premium Outlets. The potential of slots and black jack in Mercer County is our Top Story at 10. [A8]27VR2 MORE DETAILS-SG [A9]20180110 PA MINI CASINO 27-PK STAN BONEY: Cory Kelly owns TimberCreek STAN BONEY: Cory Kelly owns TimberCreek restaurant not far from the Grove City Premium Outlets. Cory Kelly: THIS IS WHERE WE MAKE THE MAJIC HAPPEN RIGHT DOWN STAIRS.” STAN BONEY: You can watch them brew beer through the glass floor — but today the talk was of a casino possibly being built nearby. One potential location being the vacant lot across from TimberCreek. Cory Kelly “I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE AREA. ANYTHING THAT DRIVES THAT AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC TO THE AREA I THINK IS GOOD FOR ALL BUSINESSES.” “WE ARE GOING TO BE CONDUCTING THE FIRST AUCTION.” STAN BONEY: This morning – Penn National was the highest bidder for the first of Pennsylvania’s 10 new casino licenses. It’ll go in York County south of Harrisburg. The bid was 50-million dollars. Peggy Mazyck:”I WAS STUNNED. I DID NOT EXPECT IT TO BE THAT HIGH. STAN BONEY: Peggy Mazyck runs the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Randy Seitz Penn-Northwest Development. Together they’ve been working to bring a casino to Mercer County — with the preferred location being near the Grove City Outlets — where there are already shops, hotels, restaurants, and freeway access . Peggy Mazyck:”SO WE FELT THAT A CASINO WOULD BE AN ENHANCEMENT, A STRONG ENHANCEMENT, TO THE ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS THAT WE ALREADY HAVE THERE.” Randy Seitz: “BUT WE HAD A VISIT FROM ONE, AND THE TOURIST PROMOTION AGENCY HAS BEEN VERY PROACTIVE IN REACHING OUT TO SEVERAL OF THEM TO LET THEM KNOW THAT AS A COUNTY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE HAPPEN HERE.” STAN BONEY: Cory Kelly has a “believe it when he sees it attitude” toward a possible casino — and if he’ll benefit depend on the casino itself. Cory Kelly:”HOW MUCH THEY MAKE INTO FOOD AND BEVERAGE INTERALLY, WHAT THEIR COMP STRUCTURE IS LIKE FOR THEM ENTICING PEOPLE TO STAY THERE AND EAT AS OPPOSED TO LETTING THEIR CUSTOMERS SPREAD OUT.” Another Mercer County option for a casino is somewhere through the Shenango Valley. Neither Hermitage or Sharon has said no to a casino. There will be nine more auctions — every other Wednesday through May 16th.