Fresh off the success of a $105-million renovation and expansion project at its Kansas City casino, Argosy Gaming
In December, Argosy completed the initial expansion project, replacing a claustrophobic, multi-level riverboat with a 60,000-square-foot, single-level barge and Mediterranean-themed casino. The result is one of the most attractive interiors of any casino I've ever seen.
The latest plan calls for the addition of a 250-room hotel, as well as a brand new 1,400-space parking garage. The hotel, expected to open in the second quarter of 2007, will better position Argosy to hit the high end of the market. The new parking garage is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2005, and will hopefully improve on the cramped and accident-provoking design of the existing garage.
This is not the only good news. Through the first five months since the new barge opened, the Argosy Riverside has cornered its side of the Kansas City market, stealing market share from Harrah's Entertainment
Kansas City Gaming
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* Through first five months
In April, I paid my second visit to the Argosy Riverside, on the way up to Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway
The blackjack offerings were reasonable and un-insulting (see Casinos Get Greedy), with plenty of double-deck games. The casino could probably use a few more penny slots from the likes of International Game Technology
But in all, the new product looks very impressive, and the continued expansion at Argosy Riverside will help solidify its position as a leader among the riverboat pureplays.
Fool contributor Jeff Hwang owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Ameristar Casinos, and International Game Technology.