GRANT – The community of Grant may have started as a railroad stop in the late 1800s, but today it is a big getaway and gaming destination in southern Oklahoma and north Texas – and it’s about to get bigger.
The Choctaw Nation officially broke ground Thursday for a significant expansion of the Choctaw Casino Resort in Grant, Oklahoma. The 10:00 a.m. ceremony was at the existing Choctaw Casino Resort, located eight miles south of Hugo at 1516 U.S. Highway 271.
Tents were set up and umbrellas at the ready, but a balmy breeze won out during the ceremony. Overcast skies did not dampen the excitement of the state and area government officials, tribal leaders and members, and supporters in attendance at the event.
Chief Gary Batton, said, “”We’re creating 80 new jobs, and we want all of those to be tribal members because we want to empower our tribal members to succeed.”
District 8 Tribal Councilman Perry Thompson and other who addressed the crowd noted the progress in Choctaw County.
David Rawls, City Manager and Economic Development Director of Hugo, said, “This is going to impact the city of Grant tremendously, as well as, the city of Hugo and the county. I know how hard the Choctaw Nation works and the efforts they put in, and I am very proud of them.”
Grant, established on the Frisco Railroad in Indian Territory became home to the Choctaw Casino Resort in this century. The facility has proven so successful that expansion is needed. Open daily 24 hours, the casino’s current 68,235 square foot gaming space features 1,272 gaming machines and ten table games, poker included. The property also has favorite restaurants, including The River Bar & Grill and the Firehouse Buffet. The hotel has 60 rooms, and the complex includes a Travel Plaza and Smoke Shop.
The Grant expansion will add a new 96-room hotel tower that features 23 luxury suites, and an expanded swimming pool and outdoor bar nestled in a tropical garden. Also added are an exclusive new poker room, 125 additional slot machines, and delicious new food and beverage options, including a new 155-seat bar and grill readily available from both the casino floor and from an outside entrance. An addition of 48 seats to the renowned Firehouse Buffet; a convenient new “Grab & Go” coffee shop; and a new lobby and check-in that will create a real arrival experience for hotel guests.
Completion of the project is expected to be in July 2017. In the meantime, it’s business as usual, and that’s good, at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Grant. Entertainment in the month ahead includes Xtreme Fight Night: Live MMA, a Dodge truck giveaway, and the summer wrap on $250,000 in prizes.