Today, Jim Justice, chairman/owner of The Greenbrier, announced key plans for the new casino as the momentum at the resort continues to grow. Justice introduced the vice president of casino operations and unveiled the location for an interim casino. In addition, he shared preliminary schematics of the casinos design, as prepared by Shope Reno Wharton of South Norwalk, CT.
“We are so excited about the plans for the new casino. It will be a truly spectacular facility, very elegant, and unlike anything anyone has seen before,” said Justice.
Todd Fishon, a gaming industry leader with 23 years of experience, was introduced as vice president of casino operations for The Greenbrier. Fishon began his career at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City , New Jersey and opened Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut . Later, he joined Sol Casinos in Tucson , Arizona as director of operations.
“We will integrate five-star service throughout the casino and resort, something that is very rare within the industry. Our guests are going to have an incredible experience, one that will set a new standard for luxury gaming destinations,” said Fishon.
The award-winning architectural firm of Shope Reno Wharton, known for designing high-end homes and commercial projects such as libraries, museums and golf clubhouses, presented Justice and Fishon with initial drawings on Tuesday. One of the key architects on the project is Michael Oliver McClung, a native of Lewisburg.
The interior of the casino will be designed by Craig J. Smith and Christina H. Romann of C2 Limited Design Associates, who captured the rustic beauty of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Lodge and the classic elegance of The Greenbriers theatre corridor and North Entrance foyer. As recognized leaders in the luxury design market, they are known for their signature style of creating classic designs for the modern lifestyle.
Justice plans to break ground on the casino in the near future, with an opening slated for April 1, 2010. In the meantime, Greenbrier guests and members will be able to enjoy this new amenity, including slot and table games, in a temporary venue, 38*80, a lounge in the resorts Virginia Wing. The facility’s projected opening date is September 15.