Texas Station

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Texas Station
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Texas Station in 2008
Location North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Address 2101 Texas Star Lane
Opening date July 1995; 23 years ago (1995-07)
Theme State of Texas
No. of rooms 200
Total gaming space 123,045 sq ft (11,431.3 m2)
Notable restaurants Austins Steakhouse
Casino type Land-based
Owner Station Casinos
Renovated in 1998–1999
Coordinates 36°11′52″N 115°11′27″W / 36.19778°N 115.19083°W / 36.19778; -115.19083Coordinates: 36°11′52″N 115°11′27″W / 36.19778°N 115.19083°W / 36.19778; -115.19083
Website texasstation.sclv.com

Texas Station is a hotel and casino located on Rancho Drive in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Station Casinos.[1]

History[edit]

The Texas Station, located on 47 acres (19 ha),[2] was designed and built by Marnell Corrao Associates at a cost of $62.8 million. The hotel included 200 rooms in a six-story building.[3] Station Casinos founder Frank Fertitta Jr. owned the hotel-casino but sold it to his company for $95 million, two months prior to the resort's July 1995 opening. However, Fertitta kept ownership of the land. Fertitta had wanted the resort to appeal to customers from his home state of Texas, and he included various subtle references to Texas-Mexican history in the project's design.[2]

In 1996, Texas Station adopted C.P. Squires Elementary, one of Clark's County oldest elementary schools, as its community partner. Texas Station has set up many fund raising events for at-risk students including a "wishing well sweep" that takes all the coins from its fountains, the initial sweep netted $1,000 in coins and Texas Station has committed to donating all future proceeds to the school to help fund a computer lab for the school that lacks adequate funding.[4][5]

A nightclub, Texas Late Nite, opened in October 1996, between the casino's bingo hall and poker room.[6] A parking garage was under construction at that time,[7] and was finished in early 1997.[8] The Texas Station had initially been a poor financial performer for Station Casinos because of limited customers and casino play. However, revenues later increased following an extensive marketing campaign and the addition of the 600-space parking garage.[9]

In January 1997, the Las Vegas Advisor ranked the Texas Station's buffet among the top buffets in Las Vegas,[10] at that time, the Texas Station had several other restaurants as well, including Laredo Cantina and Cafe,[11] Stockyard Steak & Seafood House,[12] Yellow Rose Cafe, and the Italian restaurant San Lorenzo,[11] the resort also included a movie theater, operated by Act III Theatres.[13]

Expansion[edit]

A potential $40 million expansion was under consideration in December 1997, and was contingent on Station Casinos' success in transforming its corporate structure into a real estate investment trust, at the time, the casino consisted of 73,000 sq ft (6,800 m2).[14] In May 1998, plans were announced for a $51 million expansion that would include the addition of 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) in casino space, for a new total of 94,000 sq ft (8,700 m2). Other additions would include six movie screens to the 12-screen movie theater; a 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) Kids Quest child-care facility; a food court and expanded video game arcade; a bar and lounge; and a 2,000-space parking garage.[9] The expansion was planned to help the resort better compete against the Fiesta hotel-casino across the street, as well as the nearby Santa Fe hotel-casino.[15]

The expansion project began in July 1998, and it ultimately cost $55 million,[2] the Texas Station remained open during the expansion, which nearly doubled the resort's size with the addition of nearly 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2), for a new total of 270,000 sq ft (25,000 m2).[15] Tri Star Team Builders was contracted for $38 million to handle the new construction work. PCL Construction also worked on the expansion,[2] the movie theater, then operated by Regal Cinemas,[2] closed temporarily in January 1999 because of the expansion. Construction operated on a continuous 24-hour schedule in the days leading up to the expansion's planned opening.[15]

The new areas opened on February 9, 1999,[2][15][16] along with the reopening of the movie theater, while the six new movie screens were scheduled to open later in the month.[15] The expansion added 58,000 sq ft (5,400 m2) of casino space and 850 new slot, video poker and keno machines. The 4,400 sq ft (410 m2) race and sportsbook was also redesigned.[2] Also added was the Martini Ranch, a 24-hour southwestern-themed cocktail lounge located in the center of the casino, with seating for 70 people,[2][17] the expansion also featured an 8,200 sq ft (760 m2) food court with seven eateries that included Krispy Kreme.[2][15][17][18] Also built was the Kids Quest child-care facility.[2] A 126,000 sq ft (11,700 m2) parking garage with 2,900 spaces was built on the property's north side, at the southeast corner of West Lake Mead Boulevard and North Rancho Drive. The garage was added to deal with common customer complaints about inadequate parking, and the garage's location was chosen because of its proximity to a busy intersection.[2]

On April 27, 2000, The Venetian and Texas Station were the first casinos to announce child care centers specifically aimed at employees of Las Vegas casinos.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listing of Financial Statements Square Footage". Nevada Gaming Control Board. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Smith, Hubble (February 8, 1999). "The Tex Files: Texas Station grows with $55 million expansion". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 29, 2000. 
  3. ^ "Architecture Studies Library". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ Dutton, Elizabeth (November 25, 1997). "Casino partnership helps school". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 
  5. ^ Gurzinkski, John (September 25, 1997). "Fountain of change". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on November 5, 1999. 
  6. ^ Collier, Lynn (October 16, 1996). "Texas adds nightclub to casino". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Berns, Dave (October 22, 1996). "Station Casinos posts record revenue for quarter". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Berns, Dave (February 5, 1997). "Station Casinos reports pleasing third quarter". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2018. (Subscription required (help)). A new parking garage at Texas Station and increased casino winnings at Boulder Station contributed to improved third-quarter revenue for Station Casinos Inc., according to figures released Tuesday. 
  9. ^ a b Berns, Dave (May 6, 1998). "Texas Station to expand". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on May 6, 2001. 
  10. ^ Paskevich, Michael (January 22, 1997). "Buffet lovers speak out on favorite spots". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2018. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ a b Patterson, Joan (January 22, 1997). "Trained in French cooking, Texas Station chef goes Italian". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on July 19, 1997. 
  12. ^ White, Ken (July 24, 1998). "Southern Comfort: Stockyard dishes out traditional tastes of Texas". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on August 23, 2000. 
  13. ^ Cling, Carol (May 7, 1997). "Act III plans 18-screen theater". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on July 19, 1997. 
  14. ^ Berns, Dave (December 29, 1997). "Station REIT would improve three newest properties". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 12, 1999. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Wilen, John (February 4, 1999). "Station invests $55 million to boost competition in NLV". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  16. ^ Karlsen, Clint (February 10, 1999). "A Texas Welcome". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on October 14, 2001. 
  17. ^ a b White, Ken (January 22, 1999). "Texas Station revamps its food district". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on January 29, 2001. 
  18. ^ "Brief: Texas Station lands a Krispy Kreme". Las Vegas Sun. December 7, 1998. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ Straw, David (April 27, 2000). "Venetian, Station Casinos tout employee child-care centers". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 25, 2008. 

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