Arkansas-based Nabholz Corp. and AnderCorp of Mississippi have formed a joint venture to oversee construction of Gulfside Casino Partnership’s proposed $254 million River Valley Casino Resort in Pope County.
The Arkansas Supreme Court is reviewing a controversial case over the awarding of the casino contract in Pope County. Gulfside and Cherokee National Businesses are at odds in the dispute.
If all moves forward, Gulfside’s River Valley Casino Resort will include 500 hotel rooms, 80,000 square feet of gaming space, dining options and outdoor spaces, according to previously released plans. Gulfside said the Pope County casino and facilities will support 1,500 new jobs, a $60.5 million payroll and $29.5 million in annual gaming tax revenue.
“The Nabholz team is looking forward to working with AnderCorp, as well as local subcontractors and vendors, to help build this economic engine for our state,” said incoming CEO Jake Nabholz. “Our firm has fostered a strong relationship with AnderCorp’s president and CEO, Roy Anderson III, over the past two decades, and we anticipate a successful project because of our similar attributes and cultures.”
Founded in 1949, Conway-based Nabholz is a multi-service contractor with locations across Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Connecticut.
AnderCorp has experience with more than 20 major gaming and hospitality projects, including Gulfside’s Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi, it said.
“I’ve known the co-owners of Gulfside Casino Partnership, Rick Carter and Terry Green, for more than 40 years,” said Anderson. “This facility will be a testament to their commitment to being a strong community partner to Russellville and the entire River Valley.”
Gulfside currently operates Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Miss.