The Jackpot Casino located on Ross Street in Red Deer has applied for relocation to the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre located on 3310 50th Avenue.

Jackpot Casino made note of the change in a recent social media post by Chief Executive Officer of O’Chiese Business and Investment Centre, Georges Yammine.

“Jackpot Casino has been a major contributor to Red Deer’s charitable casino and business community for the past 25 years. Since then, its presence in downtown Red Deer has evolved in various stages offering unique entertainment to the community. However, the current location has its challenges in sustaining the required level of entertainment, including the scarcity in amenities, such as a parking lot, access to the Casino, etc,” Yammine said in the post.

He also says that the owners of the Casino O’Chiese Limited Partnership have been assessing the feasibility of to relocate to the Casino since they acquired the Sheraton Hotel in 2017.

“O’Chiese Gaming Limited Partnership has identified the need to relocate Jackpot Casino from its current downtown location to a better location in the city with a great potential to attract more visitors. Furthermore, they will have the ability to target the travelers who regularly attend the business conferences, and to capture a fair market share in the city of Red Deer.

The organization believes the move will provide new opportunities for the City of Red Deer including the $11,000,000 investment in construction, new jobs, and by attracting new visitors.

"A recent negative campaign of Jackpot Casino’s relocation, placed by an Edmonton law firm regarding creating an urban reserve is groundless conspiracy," he added. 

Strategically, having a complete entertainment amenity on the premises, will have a positive impact on local community with respect to new development, construction, job creations, more taxation, etc,” it also said in the post.

The City of Red Deer Council has said it will not be sharing support or non-support of the move. The formal public comment period has passed but those who wish to provide their perspective are asked to contact the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission or Red Deer MLA’s Adrianna LaGrange or Jason Stephan.

You can read the full statement from Yammine here.