Southland completes $320 million casino and hotel expansion

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Southland Casino Hotel in West Memphis announced Thursday (Dec. 15) it has completed its $320 million expansion.

The renovation includes a new 300-room, 20-story hotel with 12 penthouse suites, and a 113,000-square-foot gaming floor that features 2,400 slot machines, 50 live table games and a variety of bars and dining options.

The three-year project completes the transformation of the one-time dog racetrack, which began with the addition of 750 gaming machines 16 years ago, into a full-fledged Las Vegas-style casino destination with a luxury hotel.

Delaware North owns and operates Southland as one of its dozen gaming operations in the U.S. and Australia.

“The Southland expansion is the culmination of a legacy project for Delaware North,” said Delaware North CEO Lou Jacobs. “The completion puts Southland on the map as a true casino destination that will draw patrons from both near and far.”

The casino aims to draw visitors from Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, northern Alabama and St. Louis, it said.

Southland Casino Hotel is led by a new president and general manager, Osi Imomoh, who early in his career served as Southland’s food and beverage director before rising to successive casino general manager positions with Delaware North.

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