Shippensburg casino gets go-ahead

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HARRISBURG—It’s official: A casino is coming to the Shippensburg area.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today voted unanimously to award a license to GW Cumberland Op. Co., (Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc, operator of Parx Casino) to construct a Category 4 casino in Shippensburg Township, Cumberland County.

The casino will be located in the former Lowe’s home improvement store off Walnut Bottom Road and Interstate 81 at exit 27 in Shippensburg Township.

The award concludes a process the Board began in 2018 when Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc. secured the right to locate a casino with a winning bid of $8,111,000 at the fourth Category 4 auction held by the Board. 

A Category 4 Slot Machine License permits the entity to operate between 300 and 750 slot machines. The entity could also petition for permission to initially operate up to 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5 million with the capability of adding an additional 10 tables games after its first year of operation. That table games certificate was also approved by the Board at its public meeting.

According to information presented today to the Board, Parx Casino Shippensburg will offer at opening within its 73,000 square foot facility: 500 slot machines; electronic tables games; a restaurant and sports bar facility.

The facility, which will be non-smoking, expects to create 175 construction jobs and is targeting a late 2022 opening. When that occurs, Parx Casino Shippensburg would expect to have more than 125 full time equivalent permanent jobs. The casino also plans to offer sports wagering in the future.