Re-opens Mississippi Casino
VEGAS -- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET) today
announced that the Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel and Spa has re-opened
to the public.
Biloxi's opening marks the first phase of our exciting master
plan on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Anthony Sanfilippo,
president of Harrah's Central Division. "The Grand is back
with the kind of high-quality casino entertainment experience
our customers have come to expect. We look forward to contributing
to the restoration of the Gulf Coast's tourism industry, and
are excited to see our employees back at work."
a year-long renovation, the new land-based casino features more
than 800 slot machines and 28 table games; a 500-room hotel;
a 300-seat Grand Buffet, an Asian Cafe, L.B.'s Steakhouse and
Starbucks coffee shop; and the full-service Bellissimo Spa.
has hired about 1,500 employees. About 95 percent of the property's
employees previously worked for the former Grand properties
in Biloxi and Gulfport as well as the Harrah's Entertainment
Mid-South Service Center.
formerly assistant general manager of Grand Gulfport, now serves
as the senior vice president and general manager of Grand Biloxi.
Sock, with more than 20 years of experience in the gaming and
hospitality industries, served as vice president of human resources
at Harrah's New Orleans before joining Grand Gulfport in June
Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded
casino entertainment through operating subsidiaries. Since its
beginning in Reno, Nevada 68 years ago, Harrah's has grown through
development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions.
Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value
with its customers through a unique combination of great service,
excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence
and technology leadership.
are committed to the Gulf Coast, and look forward to expanding
our presence in New Orleans and Biloxi in the years to come,"