The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is making great progress with its redevelopment of the View Royal Casino near Victoria, British Columbia. The project is on scheduled, and it is expected to be completed by December 2017.

Work began in February this year, when crews started demolishing part of the casino. The area containing its restaurant, lounge and slots area had been bulldozed to make room for a new entertainment venue with 600 seats, an expanded gaming floor and high limit table games.

The development will also include a 150-seat buffet and a quick-service restaurant.

“Everybody’s excited about the end result,” says Chris Lynn, Executive Director for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. “Sometimes the inconvenience of not having all of the amenities that they are used comes to the forefront but I think everybody has been pretty understanding and is super-excited about what we’re going to become.”

The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation aims to make the View Royal Casino the best live and local entertainment in Victoria. The project will cost a total of $15 million, and the operator is optimistic about meeting its December 2017 deadline.

The existing facility will be expanded by 42 000 square feet, and the goal is to turn it into a full-service entertainment destination that will attract all types of visitors from across BC. While 12 new table games and 350 slots will be added, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation wants the View Royal to be more than a gambling venue.

“In the entertainment business we need to refresh and redevelop our properties to continue to delight our customers,” says Jim Lightbody, President and CEO of the BCLC. “We look forward to working with our service provider, Great Canadian Gaming Corp., in recreating the View Royal Casino and adding more entertainment for adults to enjoy”.

Operating 20 venues across the United States and Canada, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced its plans to renovate the View Royal Casino back in 2007. However, the recession put the project on hold and it wasn’t until July 2016 that the renovation was back on the table.

The redevelopment will certainly help to benefit the economy by creating new jobs and hosting local government payments.