By Rosalie Tirella
Amazing! Rush Gaming regrouped so quickly – to pull this – proposing a slots parlor in Millbury, the town right next door to Worcester! If you don’t think a slots parlor will impact Woo, think again. Several years ago, I had a conversation with the owner of a pub/bar on Millbury Street. It was struggling. I asked why … The person said since the Blackstone Shoppes, with their Apple Bees and other free standing restaurants opened in Millbury, people have been driving by their exit on the highway to get to the Apple Bees, etc in Millbury. They sorta shared the same types of customers. Apple Bees “ate” into (excuse the bad pun) their customer base.
Example #2 I live in Quinsig Village, home to eateries and other businesses. One biz person recently told me his morning crowd has diminished since the Rt 146 connector was constructed and drivers – his morning crowd – stopped traveling down Greenwood Street like they used to. An entire group of customers – poof! Traveling down a different road.
If slots come to Millbury, these Worcester businesses, many fragile, will take another huge hit of competition. I believe that the damage will go as far as the Canal District.
And the social ills will be with us, too. The same Worcester gamblers will be heading a few miles down the road to Millbury – not the Wyman Gordon site. Big problems for families and individuals – from Woo, Millbury and beyond.
We need to make Millbury’s business our business and educate their selectmen, small biz folks, church groups, etc. STOP the Millbury Slots Parlor!
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
Doubling Down on Gambling in Atlantic City
By KATE ZERNIKE
July 6, 2013
ATLANTIC CITY — Known simply as Revel, the newest addition to this gambling city was going to be different.
The emphasis was on luxury, with the Himalayan salt grotto in the spa, the botanic garden winding toward a rooftop pool, the Michelin chefs instead of all-you-can-eat buffets. There was no smoking in its 47 stories, and with floor-to-ceiling windows offering vistas onto the Atlantic Ocean, you could almost forget the seedier streets at its back. There was a casino, but it was self-contained on one floor, as if it were an aside. This was a resort, its promoters said, that happened to have gambling.
Little more than a year after opening, Revel is sorry. Deeply, dearly sorry.
And it is an expensive apology. As it fights its way back from bankruptcy, Revel announced that it would refund all slot losses and match all other casinos’ promotions for the month of July. Revel cost $2.4 billion to open and has spent millions more in recent months to install diner-fare restaurants, more slot machines and air filtration systems — because it now allows smoking, too. Buttons worn by employees and billboards along the Atlantic City Expressway declare its new slogan: “Gamblers Wanted.” And its new official name: Revel Casino Hotel. …
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