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Casinos reveal growth plans

Nov 4, 2003 6:51 AM

As the economy continues to improve, Las Vegas gaming operators are turning their attention to expansion and renovation.

In addition to the opening of the new Westin Casuarina this month (see story "Westin set to Open"), several companies are revealing renovation plans of their own.

The Hard Rock Hotel, for instance, will alleviate many of the problems associated with the lack of parking with a parking garage expansion that will add 400 spaces, raising the total to about 1,600.

The parking garage, which will be raised from six to eight levels, will be ready in January.

Other recent Hard Rock additions include a 5,000-square-foot high-roller suite and lingerie store. A new nightclub has been earmarked to replace Baby’s nightclub next year.

The Suncoast in Summerlin has announced plans to spend $65 million to add a new casino wing, double the size of the sports book, open three new restaurants and erect a new parking garage.

The expansion is expected to begin early next year.

Another property that has announced an expansion is the Palms, which plans to add a new hotel tower with about 300 rooms, bringing the total number to nearly 800.

In Summerlin, Station Casinos has revealed plans for Red Rock Station, a 23-story, 1,000-room hotel-casino to be built near the boundary of Red Rock Canyon and Summerlin.

Red Rock Station would occupy about 67 acres and include a 90,000-square-foot casino, restaurants, retail shops, health club, movie theaters, outdoor amphitheater, 500 timeshare units and commercial office space.

So far the project has been met with resistance from some Summerlin residents, the Sierra Club and Conservation Fund.

Commercial developers are also becoming active. Ground was recently broken for the $1 billion World Furniture Market at the corner of Bonneville and Grand Central Parkway.

The 1.3 million square foot phase of the sprawling furniture and home store is scheduled for completion in January 2005.

The Fashion Show mall is set to open the second phase of its massive expansion, which includes the "Cloud" canopy and its LED screens and sound system.

Overall, the Fashion Show has added a 117,000-square-foot east wing, 72,000-square-foot outdoor plaza and 11 new stores. Scheduled to open by the end of the year are five new eateries in a third-floor food court and eight more retail outlets.