As the Pennsylvania gaming market expands, PA casinos looking to get creative and cut down on their operation costs have turned to malls to house their new locations. Companies such as Bally’s, Live! Casino, and Hollywood Casino have recently utilized abandoned superstores in the state’s malls to place their new Category 4 mini-casinos.
The recent rush of convenience casinos are a win-win for operators and customers because of the considerable construction savings and proximity to other stores and services that bring adults to the mall.
The abandoned superstores provide the square footage needed to house a mini-casino and a significant reduction in start-up costs helping companies significantly reduce their overhead. The newest mini-casino heading to a mall comes courtesy of Bally’s. Located at a former Macy’s in the Nittany Mall in College Township, Bally’s spent $35 million to revamp the 94,000 square feet space to accommodate new customers.
With the other two new mini-casinos, the Hollywood Casino in York took the place of an old Sears store, while the Parx Casino in Shippensburg replaced a Lowe’s home improvement superstore to house their new casino.