White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP) -- Construction has started on a new casino at the Greenbrier.
New owner Jim Justice broke ground on the gambling hall Monday afternoon at the resort in White Sulphur Springs.
The resort plans to open a scaled-down version of the casino on Oct. 1.
The larger version will offer about 320 slot machines and 38 table games and justice has said he wants that ready by April 1.
He's also planning to build shops and restaurants under the resort's front lawn.
Justice bought the Greenbrier out of bankruptcy for $20.1 million in May.
He says a casino will help the resort restore profitability and regain the coveted five-star Mobil Travel Guide rating it lost in 2000.
Greenbrier County voters narrowly approved the idea of a gambling hall last fall.
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