New Harrah's casino hotel opens in Murphy, N.C.

A new Harrah’s casino and resort opened in Murphy, N.C.

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and Caesars Entertainment partnered to build Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel. The resort has 50,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines and 70 table games; a food court; and a 300-room, full-service hotel.

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Construction of the $110 million complex took nearly two years and created 500 construction jobs. The casino will employ approximately 900 people.

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The joint-venture partners have given a name to the upper-midscale brand they introduced in February.

Seven of the new hotels fall under the Budgetel Inn & Suites brand, three under the AmeriVu Inns & Suites brand and two under the Haven Hotel brand.

Sri Krishna Enterprises owns the 115-suite hotel, which took 16 months to construct, and Southern Hospitality Services manages it.