$4.4M Fuel and Convenience Store Coming to Gun Lake Casino

ICTMN Staff
10/31/16

A new 24/7 fuel, convenience and dining station is being built on tribal trust land in Wayland, Michigan.

Located at the entrance to Gun Lake Casino, the $4.4 million, 6,700-square-foot facility is funded through an economic development partnership between Gun Lake Investments, owned by the Gun Lake Tribe, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a recipient of state revenue sharing funds from tribal casinos. 

Staffed by 22 employees, the “modern-design” convenience store will include a SUBWAY Restaurant.  

In July, the Tribe and State of Michigan announced a Partial Settlement Agreement to resolve an interpretation of the tribal-state gaming compact. The agreement directed a portion of Gun Lake Casino state revenue sharing funds to GLIMI; a newly formed entity with oversight by both the tribe and the state.  The convenience store project is the first development funded by GLIMI. The new development is projected to generate $1 million annually in local and state taxes.   

“This exciting first project accomplishes our objective of creating economic development opportunities for the Tribe and Michigan-based companies, while also providing more employment opportunities in West Michigan,” said Kurt Trevan, GLI Chief Executive Officer.  “We designed the fuel and dining facility for visual appeal and convenience to enhance the experience of the customer.”

The fuel and convenience store will provide economic benefits to the tribe, local community and the state. GLIMI hired West Michigan-based Rockford Construction, R.W. Mercer, Seven Generations A&E and J&H Oil to build the project with all subcontractors being Michigan-based companies. The project is being built by Michigan construction workers skilled in concrete, electrical, mechanical, stone masonry, ironworkers, plumbers, pipefitters, roofing and carpenters.    

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