Developers unveil design of new casino in Nashua


Developers have unveiled the new design and name for the casino planned for the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. Las Vegas-based gaming company ECL Entertainment announced this week that the new facility will be called The Nash Casino. The two-story, 180,000-square-foot space will take over the vacant anchor store last occupied by Sears. Plans for the casino were approved by the Nashua Planning Board last year. Like all New Hampshire casinos, the Nash must give 35% of its profits to registered nonprofits. ECL expects the new Nashua facility to generate about $24 million annually for more than 100 charities. Developers plan to begin recruiting workers to work at the casino later this summer, bringing an employment information center to the mall next month. The company expects the Nash to create 500 to 600 new jobs. Gate City neighbors are divided over plans for the casino, which is set to become the largest in New Hampshire. Mags Patentius, a longtime Nashua resident, said she worries the casino could attract negative behavior to the city. “I think the casino, while it may help bring in revenue and help nonprofits, it may not be the direction I want to see Nashua move in,” Patentius said. Others, like Nashua neighbor Jesse Delia, said that while they don't plan on moving there themselves, they are pleased to see a new employer set up shop and finally fill the long-vacant Sears facility. “I've never been a gambler,” Delia said. “But, I think consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want with their money, and if that brings jobs to the area, that's great.” Developers are aiming to open the new casino this winter.

Developers have unveiled a new design and name for the casino to be built at Nashua's Pheasant Lane Mall.

Las Vegas-based gaming company ECL Entertainment announced this week that the new facility will be named The Nash Casino.

The two-story, 180,000-square-foot space will replace the vacant anchor store last occupied by Sears. Plans for the casino were approved by the Nashua Planning Board last year.

Nash Casino

ECL Entertainment

A rendering of Nash Casino provided by ECL Entertainment

Like all casinos in New Hampshire, the Nashua must donate 35% of its profits to registered nonprofits. ECL expects the new Nashua facility to raise approximately $24 million annually for more than 100 charities.

The developers plan to begin recruiting employees to work at the casino later this summer, bringing an employment information center to the mall next month. The company expects the Nash to create 500 to 600 new jobs.

Gate City neighbors are divided over plans for the casino, which is set to become New Hampshire's largest.

Mags Patentious, a longtime Nashua resident, said she worries the casino could lead to negative behavior in the city.

“I think a casino, while it can help bring in revenue and help nonprofits, it’s not the direction I want to see Nashua go,” Patentius said.

Others, like Nashua neighbor Jesse Delia, said while they don't plan on moving in themselves, they're happy to see a new employer working there and happy to see the long-vacant Sears facility finally filled.

“I've never been a gambler,” Delia said. “But, I think consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want with their money, and if that brings jobs to the area, that's a great thing.”

The developers aim to open the new casino this winter.

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