CASPER (WNE) — The Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel in Lander is making a number of changes — including employee layoffs — amid financial problems, Eastern Shoshone officials …
CASPER (WNE) — The Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel in Lander is making a number of changes — including employee layoffs — amid financial problems, Eastern Shoshone officials announced Friday afternoon.
Tribal officials said the casino will lay off 15 to 20 casino employees, end table games, discontinue shuttle bus operations, dissolve the banquet department and close the casino during the overnight hours Sunday through Thursday. The cutbacks are needed to reduce costs and ensure the casino’s survival, officials said.
The changes were made after the casino hired a gaming consultant amid struggles to meet its financial obligations, according to Eastern Shoshone officials.
“This has been a difficult process for the [Eastern Shoshone Business Council] but we will do everything we can to bring back these jobs once the casino stabilizes,” business council Chairman Vernon Hill said in the Friday afternoon news release.
After reviewing the casino and hotel’s operations and meeting with employees, the consultant prepared an “operational assessment” that included recommendations to boost revenues, reduce costs and help ease short-term expenses.
In an email, Eastern Shoshone spokeswoman Alejandra Silva said some changes have already been made while others will happen in the coming weeks. She didn’t specify which changes had already been made.
Other changes, including additional “reductions” could also follow as the consultant continues to review operations, according to tribal officials.
The casino opened in 2007 and started a $30 million expansion in 2015 to lure more customers from out of town.