MGM Springfield’s early opening a concern for nearby businesses

Hampshire County

The economic impact of MGM’s earlier opening remains unknown, concerning surrounding communities.

Businesses told 22News with something that big coming to the area there are always concerns. 

MGM Springfield’s earlier opening on August 24 comes as welcome news for players, who are ready to roll the dice. But some Hampshire County business owners aren’t so sure it works for them. 

A 2013 fiscal impact study determined the City of Northampton could lose up to $8-million a year, once the casino opens. So, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the city’s application for $100,000 in mitigation funds, so the city could create a committee of local business owners to create a marketing plan to attract casino visitors. 

“Towns like Northampton going to compete with other attractions in the valley? Absolutely,” Ceder Chest business manager Dror Schmerling told 22News.

MGM’s plan is to bring gaming, shopping, and fine dining to the Pioneer Valley.  

The iconic Paul and Elizabeth’s restaurant in downtown Northampton has been a neighborhood staple for 40 years. 

“Something that big coming in always raising questions,” said Nate Sustick of Paul and Elizabeth’s. “So, yes, we’re worried, but we’re just going to keep doing what we do and hope that it doesn’t affect us too much and try to stay consistent.”

The casino is expected to attract thousands of visitors from around New England. 

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