- By Tribal Business News Staff
HOCHATOWN, Okla. — The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to break ground this spring on a new four-story, 202,000-square-foot casino and resort development in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma.
The new facility in Hochatown, Okla., located about 180 miles northeast of Dallas, Texas, will feature 100 hotel rooms, 600 slot machines and eight table games, along with amenities including restaurants, bars, a pool and outdoor amphitheater, according to a statement.
The tribe expects the new development to create 400 hospitality jobs when the facility is up and running in the fall of 2023. As well, the project is anticipated to support up to 2,000 construction jobs and have a $211 million effect on the state economy, according to the tribe.
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“We are proud to be a part of this project and look forward to providing more opportunities and financial success for our tribal members, our state, and all Oklahomans,” Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton said in a statement.
Additionally, the tribe is building a 12,000-square-foot mercantile store adjacent to the new resort. The property is expected to include a convenience store and fuel station that will also sell authentic Choctaw art.
The design of the mercantile and the resort will reflect the tribe’s culture, according to the announcement.
Architecture for the project is being handled by Hartford, Conn.-based JCJ Architecture, while Tulsa, Okla.-based Manhattan Construction Co. will serve as the general contractor. Both firms have worked with the tribe in the past, including on the Choctaw Cultural Center and Choctaw Wellness Center.
“We are thrilled to add a new entertainment venue to the region that is unlike any other in the state,” Janie Dillard, senior executive officer for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, said in a statement. “This modern entertainment venue will encompass the rich heritage of the Choctaw people and offer elevated dining, outdoor and indoor activities, plus gaming and a beautiful new hotel. I am excited for our neighbors and friends to see all that this has to offer when it opens in 2023.”