Hard Rock Offers Employment Opportunities on the Edge of a Temporary Casino | Appalachian Highlands

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BRISTOL – There are signs that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol is on the way. Construction crews have been on site for months. Hard Rock International has hosted numerous employee events over the past year and now the largest literal sign now overlooks the Gate City Highway with large yellow letters reading “Bristol Casino, Hard Rock’s Future Home Coming Soon”.

“Construction activity at the mall has really picked up over the past few weeks,” said Allie Evalngelista, the president of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol, in an emailed statement. “We installed our new pylon sign and added signage to guide new employees and applicants into the facility. We are still working on the opening schedules for the project.”







The former mall will eventually be converted into a two-story, 80,000 to 100,000 square foot casino with 2,700 slot machines, 100 table games and more. The resort will also include two hotel towers, indoor and outdoor music venues, restaurants, shops and more – all in Bristol, Virginia – just a short drive from the Tennessee border. The final project is scheduled for completion in mid-2023 to 2024.

But first, the region can prepare for the temporary casino, which is set to open sometime between May and June this year.

The temporary casino will offer 30,000 square meters of casino space with approximately 900 slot machines and 20 tables with gaming options. It will also include a new restaurant, take away and sports bar and lounge with entertainment and an adjacent smoking sports lounge. According to those responsible for the project, the temporary casino will also provide the region with 600 new jobs.

“It’s not just a vehicle to generate revenue for the city, the state and for ourselves,” Martin Kent, president of The United Company, which helped initiate the casino project, told the Times News in October. “It will also be a training ground for those in our area who have never worked in this industry. There will be opportunities for people to train at the facility to be trained in trades unique to the casino and resort area that they have never participated in.”

To date, Hard Rock has named Evangelista president of the upcoming hotel and casino and has also filled various executive positions, including vice presidents of marketing, human resources, casino operations, and food and beverages, as well as director of facilities, director of security, and executive chef. According to project officials, a security manager and 12 security officers have started at the property while the interview and hiring process for other positions continues.

“Regarding upcoming events, we are setting dates for future hiring events that will focus on all positions and careers in the food and beverage industry,” a spokesperson for the project told the Times News in an emailed statement. “These dates will be released very soon.”

The resort is also expected to provide approximately 2,000 direct, permanent jobs and several thousand indirect and induced jobs. Officials said the project will also provide over 1,000 construction jobs.

These additional jobs, in addition to an economic boost for the Twin Cities and the region, are all goals casino officials are keeping an eye on as construction continues and the project moves forward.

“I’m really excited because I think that not only will it be good for people to have a great place to work,” Evangelista recently told the Times News, “but also for the community from the financial rewards that come with it discourage them from having a business like this in their backyard.”

For more information on Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol visit https://www.hardrockhotelcasinobristol.com/.

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