PALACE CASINO RESORT ANNOUNCES LARGE-SCALE EXPANSION

The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss. has announced a 110,000- square-foot project, of which 64,000 square feet is an expansion of its facilities and amenities. This is the largest casino expansion on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 7, 2009

For more information:
Keith Crosby, General Manager
Palace Casino Resort
228-386-2272
800-725-2239 Ext. 2272


PALACE CASINO RESORT ANNOUNCES LARGE-SCALE EXPANSION


Biloxi, Miss. - July 7, 2009 - The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Miss. has announced a 110,000- square-foot project, of which 64,000 square feet is an expansion of its facilities and amenities. This is the largest casino expansion on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina.

Upon completion of the new construction, the property will include 38,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines and 26 new table games. Also included will be an eight-table poker room and high limit salon. A strong focus is being placed on the improvement of air quality throughout the casino. Non-smoking areas, including the poker room, will beavailable to guests.

The new 300-seat buffet will feature live cooking stations and a display bakery, where guests can purchase a variety of freshly baked goods. A café and grill will offer 24-hour service with seating for 50 guests. And, a new upscale lounge/sports bar will include a stage for live entertainment. Mignon’s Steaks and Seafood will remain; and its lounge, which was popular before the storm, will return.

Keith Crosby, general manager of the Palace Casino Resort, says that upgrades to the hotel will focus on providing guests an intimate, service-based experience. A new front desk, concierge area and VIP check-in will be added. The lobby and atrium areas will also be remodeled. Other added amenities will include a new gift shop, spa and fitness center, business center and meeting facilities.

Crosby says, “Prior to the storm, we were a four-diamond resort. We are bringing back many of the amenities we lost to again provide our guests the complete package. We will also maintain many of our current amenities that have become popular, like our signature golf course, The Preserve; our first-class marina; and our award-winning fine dining restaurant, Mignon’s.”

Cuningham Group, an award-winning international design firm with multiple offices including Biloxi, Las Vegas and Minneapolis, is leading the architecture and interior design work of the expansion. The firm, which designed many of the gaming, nightclub and restaurant environments within the pre-Katrina casino, has over 40 years of experience and has consistently been recognized as a leader in the resort gaming market.

Robert Low, owner of the casino with his wife, Lawana, says, “We are very excited to have this opportunity to further invest in the city of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” He continues, “The key to our success over the past 12 years has never been based on the bricks and mortar, but rather the hard work of our dedicated associates and the high quality of personal service they provide to our guests.”

The estimated date of completion for the expansion is Spring 2011. At that time, additional associates will be added to the current staff of 625.

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway says, “This project, especially in the current economic climate, shows the confidence and vitality of the Biloxi market. The Palace has been an important part of our community for over 12 years, and this new investment should generate new jobs and revenue for many more years to come.”

About Palace Casino Resort
Palace Casino Resort, located at 158 Howard Avenue in Biloxi, Mississippi, originally opened in January 1997. The Palace grew to become a four-diamond resort with numerous amenities and careful attention to service. In August 2005, the resort’s dockside casino was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The majority of the resort’s hotel withstood the storm, and on December 30, 2005, Palace Casino Resort reopened its casino, along with a buffet and the resort’s fine dining restaurant, within the first two floors of the hotel. Among its current amenities are The Preserve Golf Club, Palace Marina and Mignon’s Steaks & Seafood. For more information, visit www.PalaceCasinoResort.com or call 800-Palace9 (800-725-2239).

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