Mohegan Sun Palmer Shopping Area Plans Dwarf CT Casino Retail Space

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Mohegan Sun’s plans for a $775 million resort casino in Palmer, Mass. include shopping, dining and entertainment space that would be more than twice the size of its Connecticut venue, the casino operator said today.

The plans include 300,000 square feet of retail space compared with 130,000 square feet at The Shops at Mohegan Sun, according to spokeswoman Cathy Soper.

Mohegan also said today it will partner with Boston-based Finard Properties to develop the retail portion of the resort casino. Mohegan said it hopes the partnership will bolster its efforts to obtain a casino license for western Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to issue one license for the region, and there are competing proposals for Springfield and West Springfield.

A rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, Mass. Courtesy of Mohegan Sun.

A rendering of Mohegan Sun’s proposed resort casino in Palmer, Mass. Courtesy of Mohegan Sun.

Finard, a commercial real estate firm, specializes in retail development.

“The portfolio of hugely success of hugely successful Finard Properties’ development is spread literally throughout every corner of New England and beyond,” said Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “Their creativity and expertise will be a huge asset to our application for the western Massachusetts gaming license.”

A spokeswoman said design of the shopping area and securing of tenants won’t begin unless Mohegan secures the license.

The retail plans for the resort are separate from ones announced earlier this month by Northeast Realty Associates for land adjoining the 152-acre casino site. Those plans include retail space, a hotel, a lifestyle center and office space, according to a report in The Day of New London.

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6 thoughts on “Mohegan Sun Palmer Shopping Area Plans Dwarf CT Casino Retail Space

  1. Smoke Fire

    OK, let me get this straight. The Mohegan Sun has not been taking in the money it had been, same for Foxwoods, but now they intend to build a massive casino, in central MA., that will take away more money from it’s business in Montville. Is there something I am missing here?

    1. Patrick

      Yes. We have no idea what their break even point is, or what kind of profits they are still making. I would assume they do, and have studied the numbers of people coming from western mass and eastern NY. On the outside Mohegan does not appear to be driven by the frenzied greed that Foxwoods initially did. They seem to have a more scientific approach. They appear to have found that retail drives people in to their casino.

    2. Gman

      They are trying to maintain action that they will lose if they aren’t part of the MA Scene.

  2. mc

    They should cater to the winter months when skiers are heading in that direction. Would make for a nice stop on the way to Stratton or Killington, etc. Spend a night in beautiful Springfield, Ma. I think Springfield just signed a deal with the devil. It will work against the city. A few blocks will be a nice reststop, the rest will be a wasteland. The few companies there will eventually leave. Maybe Hartford can pick up some business!

  3. DR

    The Mass decision will come down to this – does the state want Springfield to be a viable city or just kill any hope it has?

    Putting the casino in downtown springfield would be a boon for the city and a great example of smarth growth. Putting it in Palmer would lead to more sprawl and be the final death knell for Springfield.

    1. h-town is my home-town

      Why would it be a boon? Casinos in cities, almost by definition, suck more money out than they put into them. Have you been to the MGM Grand in Detroit? That is Springfield’s future with a casino.

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