LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Golden Nugget Casino has been open just over a year and it's already expanding.
It's been a lucrative first year for the Lake Charles casino, with nearly four million people visiting the facility.
Casino executives made an announcement about the expansion Thursday.
Construction is already underway for the new, $85 million, 300-room hotel tower to be located on an acre of land on the south side of the Golden Nugget's pool area. The additional rooms will bring the hotel's total room count to 1,040.
"It's going to be adjacent to our current tower. They're connected with the main lobby so right behind our pool here. It's really supply and demand so there's more demand than we have supply so we're going to start construction here this month and hopefully complete it by the end of the year," said Gerry Del Prete, Golden Nugget Lake Charles' senior vice president/general manager.
The new hotel tower will provide 300 additional hotel rooms, bringing up Golden Nugget's total room count to 1,040.
The groundbreaking for the tower will take place later this month and the facility should be open by the end of 2016.
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