Archive for May, 2012

Toronto Casino Interest Increases In Las Vegas

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

It looks like everyone wants to put a casino in Toronto, especially the big boys of Las Vegas. The latest development is that Onex Corporation, which has four casinos in Canada already, as well as owns and operates the Tropicana hotel and casino in Las Vegas has thrown their bid into the hat to build a casino in Toronto.

Gerald Schwartz, the head of Onex and also one of Canada’s most wealthiest people has spoken to The Globe and Mail. Schwartz is known as one of Canada’s most most prolific deal-makers, so it’s interesting to see what he has to say.

Speaking to The Globe and Mail, Schwartz said that Onex Corporation is familiar with casino operations, and the important of customer service alongside that. Speaking in regards to Ontario’s lottery corporation plans for a new GTA casino, Schwartz said Onex Corporation would “definitely be interested in one or more locations. It’s a growth market.”

Schwartz has said it is too early for Onex to discuss the potential proposal, as the proposed locations are not known, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) have not revealed any details yet.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, after all, it’s not just Onex Corporation that wants to build a casino in the GTA, it’s also Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International.

New Goodwill Store Opening June 1st!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Here’s something you don’t hear about everyday. A Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Centre will be opening soon in Las Vegas! The Goodwill of Southern Nevada will open a full-scale store at 9385 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 89147, on the corner of South Fort Apache and West Flamingo.

The new store will open it’s doors to shoppers at 9a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 after a quick ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate it’s grand opening. The media and public are invited to attend.  This location will offer a drive thru donation center on the south side of the building, and be has been opened since May 19th to collect donations.

CEO of Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Steve Chartrand said “We are thrilled to provide shoppers and donors a Goodwill store location in the Southwest part of the Valley. The opening of this store marks the ninth full-scale Goodwill Retail Store in Southern Nevada and will further our mission of helping put people back to work in our community, no matter their barrier to employment or disability.”

So far, thirty people have been hired to work at the new Goodwill Fort Apache Retail Store. Revenue from the store will be used to fund Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s job placement and training programs. More than 8,000 people were provided with services last year, and Goodwill of Southern Nevada helped 1,255 local individuals find employment as well, all from the sale of gently used clothing.

Swing by and donate, or come check out the store when it opens!


Construction Of Wayne Newton’s Museum Halted

Friday, May 18th, 2012

On November 17, 2010, Clark County Commissioners approved an application from Wayne Newton to open up his Las Vegas ranch to the public. Since then, it’s been under construction up until now.

According to a new lawsuit, work on Wayne Newton’s museum has come to a halt, due to disputes between Newton and his partner. The partner is company CSD LLC, whom teamed up with Newton on the attraction. Two related firms also filed suit this week in Clark County District Court against Newton and some of his family members.

The plaintiffs said that after the development companies invested more than $50 million in Wayne Newton’s museum, and acquired Newton’s 39.5-acre estate for $19.5 million, the project was derailed. Apparently, the project was derailed by none other than Newton, himself,  and his family also interfered with the project, frustrating the developers.

According to J. Stephen Peek, Newton’s attorney from the law firm Holland & Hart LLP in Las Vegas, the alleged delays with the project are not Newton’s fault, and are in fact the fault of CSD.

The museum would include things like memorabilia from Newton’s entertainment career, as well as a theatre, a car museum, and even a Newton-themed car wash. With the way things are going though, we might not see this museum open up any time soon.