Tiverton, RI – Executives from Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. were joined by Governor Raimondo, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, Tiverton Town Council Vice President Jay Edwards and other state and local elected officials at today’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Tiverton Casino Hotel.
The casino, located at 777 Tiverton Casino Boulevard, off of Stafford Road, officially opens to the public on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10 am.
The 85,000 square foot casino and adjoining 84-room hotel represents an investment of $140 million in the local economy. It features 1,000 slot machines, 32 table games, a sit-down restaurant, Trattoria Romana, which is both an Italian restaurant and Tuscan Chop House, a vibrant food court which includes Jacky’s Galaxie Restaurant, Mooyah Burgers, Pie Five Pizza Company and Dunkin Donuts, a center bar area, parking for 900 cars and valet parking on weekends. The existing gaming license from Newport Grand Casino was transferred to the new Tiverton location, and Newport Grand effectively closed on Tuesday, August 28th. In welcoming guests to the ceremony, Executive Chairman John E. Taylor, Jr., noted,
“Clearly, no celebration would ever have occurred without the support of the residents of Tiverton, so I begin by thanking all of the residents of Tiverton. Thank you for inviting us into your home and backyard, for having an honest, open dialogue about what might be possible and for supporting the idea that a more convenient, easily accessible casino just might prove more successful for the State if it existed right off of Route 24, much closer to our patrons and potential patrons. We hope what you see this morning is reflective of the input you provided us – a right-sized casino with a tasteful exterior, little road visibility and no neon signs or flashing lights, and finally an attached hotel for your guests who previously had no place in Tiverton to stay.”
The casino and hotel will employ approximately 550 workers, including 141 Newport Grand employees. During the 18-month construction project, an average of 300 union workers per day were on site, and 50 union subcontractors were hired. Gilbane Building Company served as the construction manager.
“Any day we can celebrate the addition of good paying jobs in our state is a good day for Rhode Islanders,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “Today’s celebration is an important reminder that we must keep going to protect the investments we’ve made to revitalize our state. Our economy is stronger today than it’s been in decades, and I’ll keep working to create jobs and opportunity so every Rhode Islander is included.”
Providing greetings from the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello said, “We have a lot to celebrate here today. The investment of $140
million into the local economy. The completion of a construction project that had an average of 300 union workers per day and 50 union subcontractors. The creation of more than 400 new, good paying jobs, given first and foremost to Rhode Islanders whenever possible, and the preservation of existing jobs at Newport Grand. And last, the completion of a roadway enhancement – the roundabout all of us accessed to arrive here – designed to solve a troubling high traffic area.”
“On behalf of the RI Senate, I wish to congratulate Twin River on charting a course that will allow for the greatest return on investment for the state’s taxpayers,” said Senate President Dominic Ruggerio. “We’ve worked hard to champion job creation and retention through so many Senate initiatives, and today’s celebration is an excellent example of a Rhode Island company committed to doing both.” George Nee, president of the AFL-CIO was on hand to represent the union workforce and building trades. “It’s with a tremendous amount of awe and respect for this union workforce that I congratulate Twin River on what it has accomplished here in 16 short months. I know what a challenging work site this was from the very beginning – constrained by size, hampered by an unforeseen amounts of ledge – but this union construction crew once again turned out an exceptional product for which all of Rhode Island can be proud.”
Mr. Taylor concluded, “As pleased as we are with the finished product, we recognize that our neighbors have borne the brunt of construction noise and traffic. We thank them for their patience, and sincerely hope we can be as good a neighbor to them as they have been to us.”