Southland Casino expansion offers economic growth and opportunity

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — More jobs are coming to Southland Casino in West Memphis, Ark., as part of a $250 million expansion.

Southland Casino’s new complex will include thousands of slot machines, entertainment venues, and multiple dining options, but the main goal before the complex opens is to get people hired.

“We’re trying to fill some roles that are opening,” said Southland Marketing Director Jeff Strang.

Strang said there is more to the expansion than just a new coat of paint.

In addition to the $250 million expansion, it’s a chance to give more than 400 people a job they can advance in.

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon told FOX13 it will impact the area for the better.

“I think it’s going to be great for the city of West Memphis,” said McClendon, “They grow, we grow.”

Strang said the complex is expected to open around late March or early April.

He said there would be 2,400 slot games, up to 60 table games, brand new restaurants, a new steakhouse, and a new buffet.

Southland is holding hiring events around the region, including Thursday in Southaven, Miss.

Strang said he interacted with people who said they were excited to hear about this opportunity because they had been out of work for some time due to COVID.

Mayor McClendon said the casino’s partnership with local businesses and organizations gives more reason to expand in the area.

He said he believes the casino won’t stop at 400 new hires.

“I think it’s going to give over a thousand additional jobs to families right here, Tennessee, Mississippi as well. It’s an opportunity,” said McClendon.

“We’re hoping it inspires people to want to come and join a great company that we have.”

To get workers in place for the spring opening, Southland has other hiring events planned:

  • FedExForum lobby on Beale Street — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Wednesday, Jan. 26;
  • Southland Kennel Club (located on the second-floor racing mezzanine) — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Wednesday, Feb. 2

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