The Cherokee Nation, which owns the hotel, is the fourth largest employer in the area.

“We are proud of the growth and prosperity of the Cherokee Nation,” said Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker. “With that prosperity comes the responsibility to serve the Cherokee people and our communities well. This project helps us do that by creating jobs, funding vital services for our citizens and creating economic development opportunities.”

Even with part of its gaming floor out of commission during construction, the Hard Rock just had its two highest-grossing months in a row. The gaming area will be open again in August and there will also be a new two-story sports-themed bar.

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