2015-04-16 / Front Page

Newport Grand on the move to Tiverton?

Twin River officials announce plans today
Barry Bridges

Twin River Management Group has announced plans to move Newport Grand to Tiverton. Twin River, which reached an agreement to purchase Newport Grand in March, hopes to relocate the facility to a 45-acre site off Route 81, along the border with Fall River, Mass. John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of Twin River, said that moving the current slot machines and adding 30 to 40 table games in Tiverton would make the Rhode Island operation more competitive with casinos slated for Massachusetts. He also estimates that the number of jobs at Newport Grand would increase from 160 to around 350. Taylor is hoping to get the matter on the November 2016 ballot for the necessary local and statewide voter approvals, and says that operations will continue in Newport in the meantime.

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