THE PAS, MB – Another economic blow has been dealt to The Pas after it was announced the Asenekak Casino was closing up shop.
CEO Suzanne Barbeau Bracegirdle tells 680 CJOB, the community can no longer support the growth needs.
“We have 600 gaming machines, 32 table games and right now we’re only utilizing 132 gaming machines and six table games at the present location,” said Bracegirdle who added they are looking at a larger market, possibly closer to Winnipeg.
Nearly 150 people work there and staff are invited with the company to relocate, according Bracegirdle.
“I know that a number of staff have shown interest and it’s something that will come when we know the exact date for relocation and that’s when the staff will let us know what they plan on doing,” she said.
This comes on the heals of an announcement from Tolko Industries that they were closing the paper mill, putting over 300 people out of work.
Heather Stefanson, Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Authority e-mailed the following statement to 680 CJOB late Friday afternoon.
“Aseneskak Casino has a Gaming Agreement with the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Authority. The number, size and location of casinos are negotiated between First Nations and the Provincial government. While the gaming agreement allows for the casino to request relocation, written approval by the province is required.”
“Our government is currently conducting a broader review of the implications of relocated or expanded gaming in Manitoba. The 2016 Manitoba Gaming Market Study indicates that the gaming market is oversupplied throughout the province, including in Winnipeg. Any change in capacity must therefore be supported by a solid market analysis and business plan.”