Mohegan Sun’s future in Palmer

Mohegan Sun’s future in Palmer


A BUSINESS NEXT DOOR TO
ANTHONY’S. LIVE IN SOUTH HADLEY,
ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ, 22NEWS.
MOHEGAN SUN IN CONNECTICUT IS
LAYING OFF MORE THAN 300 WORKERS
AND BRINGING IN A NEW C-E-O.
22NEWS REPORTER RYAN WALSH WENT
TO MOHEGAN SUN TO FIND OUT WHAT
THIS MEANS THEIR PROPOSAL HERE.
THE BIG QUESTION AROUND WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS IS WHAT IF ANY
IMPACT WILL THESE LAYOFFS HAVE
ON MOHEGAN SUN’S PLANS IN
PALMER. I ASKED THOSE QUESTIONS
TO MOHEGAN TRIBAL GAMING
AUTHORITY CEO MITCHELL ETESS.
WHAT DOES THIS NOW MEAN FOR
MOHEGAN SUN IN PALMER?
THIS HAS NO IMPACT ON OUR PLANS
IN PALMER. WE STILL BELIEVE WE
HAVE THE BEST SITE IN WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS RIGHT OFF THE
TURNPIKE. WE’RE THRILLED WITH A
COMMUNITY THAT WANTS US AND WE
ARE STILL ACTIVELY IN THE
THRILLED WITH A COMMUNITY THAT
WANTS US AND WE ARE STILL
ACTIVELY IN THE PROCESS OF
GETTING THAT LICENSE. MOHEGAN
SUN HAS BEEN EYEING A CASINO IN
PALMER FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS. IT
IS BATTLING FOR THE WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS CASINO LICENSE,
BUT FACES STIFF COMPETITION FROM
MGM, AMERISTAR AND POSSIBLY PENN
NATIONAL AND HARD ROCK CASINOS.
THE CONNECTICUT BASED MOHEGAN
SUN IS NOW LAYING OFF MORE THAN
300 WORKERS BECAUSE THEY AREN’T
BRINGING IN ENOUGH MONEY.
AS WE’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING
DECREASES HERE AT MOHEGAN SUN
AND THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT HAVE
HAPPENED, WE REALLY HAVE NO
CHOICE BUT TO DO THIS TO REMAIN
A SOLID OPERATION.
IN THIS WEAK ECONOMY IS THERE
ANY 2ND THOUGHTS NOW ABOUT THE
PALMER MOHEGAN SUN?
NO WE THINK THE PALMER MARKET IS
STILL VERY STRONG. GAMING IS
STILL A GREAT FORM OF
ENTERTAINMENT. WE THINK IT’S A
GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
REPORTING AT MOHEGAN SUN IN
CONNECTICUT, RYAN WALSH 22NEWS.

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