Gateway reopens Starlight after $43-million renovation
By Bob Garcia
The casino formerly known as the Palace Casino is now the Starlight Casino Edmonton. The Canadian casino is owned by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, who just completed a US$57-million renovation project designed to give the venue a completely new look. The project resulted in 300 employees being added to the floor and an expansion of the gaming and entertainment space by 120,000 square feet.
Gateway CEO Tony Santo said at the grand opening yesterday, “Today marks the start of the next chapter at the iconic West Edmonton Mall. For many decades, Canadians have flocked here to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience. We believe Starlight Casino Edmonton is the perfect compliment to this Canadian landmark.”
The grand opening was attended by a number of community leaders and project partners, all celebrating Gateway’s community support commitments. Gateway has announced that it will donate a portion of all food and beverages sales from September 26 to October 31 to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
According to Deron Bilous, minister of economic development and trade, “The opening of Starlight Casino adds to the many world-class entertainment options available to Albertans and our visitors. With more than 300 new jobs – and $57 [Canadian] million dollars of investment – it is another sign of investor confidence in our growing economy.”
Gateway has already invested heavily in Canada’s casino infrastructure. It recently spent around $25 million to upgrade its the Grand Villa Edmonton and created a number of new jobs.
The VP of Gaming & Cannabis for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Niaz Nejad, said, “On behalf of AGLC, I would like to congratulate Starlight Casino on their grand opening. We are delighted to be a part of the launch of the innovative Replay gaming area – the first of its kind in Alberta. While the AGLC is committed to the responsible growth of Alberta’s gaming industry, we are also invested in developing modernised gaming options for Albertans.”