Courtesy Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Representatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation dig shovels into the ground at the site of the future Harrah's Casino in Cherokee County, North Carolina, just outside the town of Murphy.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Breaks Ground on New $110M Harrah's Casino

ICTMN Staff
10/18/13

Roughly an hour drive from Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, located in the town of Cherokee, North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is building a new $110 million casino.

On October 16, the tribe held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harrah's Murphy Casino & Hotel, based in Cherokee County just outside the town of Murphy. The gaming facility, which will feature 60,000 square feet of gaming space with slots and traditional table games, will be owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and managed by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. The new Harrah's will include a 300-room, full-service hotel, and a variety of dining options.

The casino will be located approximately two hours away from Knoxville and Chattanooga, both in Tennessee, and downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and is anticipated to serve the large and growing adult population residing within that radius. In 2011, 7.4 million people age 21 or older lived within 2.5 hours of the casino site. Now, more than 7.6 million people adults live in that same area.

"Our winning partnership with Caesars Entertainment gives us a proven track record in the gaming industry," said Principal Chief Michell Hicks. "This is an ambitious project, but we are confident that it will be a success—for our customers, our tribe and for the surrounding community."

An artist rendering of the planned Harrah's Murphy Casino & Hotel (Courtesy Whiting Turner Contracting Company; Owle Construction, LLC; and Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.)

The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise announced at the October 16 groundbreaking ceremony that Whiting Turner Contracting Company, in collaboration with contractor Owle Construction LLC, which is a tribal-member and woman-owned business, and Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., will design and build the $110 million casino and hotel, reported Cherokee One Feather.

"The Cherokee County casino will certainly bear the high standards of the Caesar's name and brand," said Gary Loveman, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. "We are an industry leader, and we implement the full expectations of that status into every facility we manage. Hopefully, that will translate into continued success for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the residents and other businesses of Cherokee County."

The casino will create an estimated 900 jobs on-site and inject up to $39 million in wages into the surrounding area.

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Faye's picture
Faye
Submitted by Faye on
If this is successful, I wonder if other parts of NC will follow suit and Virginia!

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Jerry Williams
Submitted by Jerry Williams on
Great News and good luck on your new casino. It would be nice to see a casino be built on the NC & SC state line. SC want let a casino be built in the state. If a Casino was built on the NC & SC state line. It would get a ton of business from the SC state people for sure.

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Submitted by Craps 101 on
Why would you put a Harrah's casino an hour away from another Harrah's casino?? Isn't there one in Cherokee NC already? Why not migrate to the Raleigh Area or the coastal areas of NC? Why keep stacking them in the same area? dumb move in my opinion

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Submitted by Enlightened on
Sorry to disappoint y'all, but there will not be a casino on that property.

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Submitted by manning on
Is there any chance a casino can be built in the Chattanooga area. Meigs county would also be a good place, that area needs jobs and would be easy acess to a lot of people.

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dw
Submitted by dw on
I DONT KNOW WHY WE CAN BUILD CASINOS IN NC ,AND NOT HAVE INTERNET SWEEPSTAKES ROOMS AROUND.SINCE IT LOOKS LIKE THIS NEW CASINO IS NOT ON THE RESVERTION.I GUESS IT IS ABOUT WHO IS GETTING PAID OFF.NOT FAIR ,IF EVER PARTY IN THE GAMING BUSINESS WOULD WORK TOGETHER THEN WE ALL COULD MAKE MONEY.I WONDER IF THE CASINO WOULD HIRE ALL THE PEOPLE FROM THE INTERNET SWEEPSTAKES ROOM THAT WILL LOSE THERE JOBS.

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JobSeeker
Submitted by JobSeeker on
We need more opportunity in the area and more reason for tourism to find us. I would be interested in a maintenance job. Also looking for some better restaurants.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
well i am happy the casino is coming in a our area cause we are so in need of jobs an maybe a small town will build up also in the andrews area so i hope it is up an going very soon !!!
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