Casino Businesses Not Seeing Increase in Revenue
Updated: Friday, February 8 2013, 02:02 AM EST
COLUMBUS -- Some small business owners near the new Hollywood Casino Columbus say they're still waiting for sales to pick up.
They had hoped to cash in once their new neighbor moved in.
At George's All American Grill, owner Dawn Mavromatis hoped gamblers and casino workers would fill up her dining room.
"We're all being patient, all the small business owners in the area, but we've seen a dramatic drop in our lunch business and our dinner business since they opened in October," Mavromatis said.
Managers at a nearby gas station and Jiffy Lube echoed her frustration.
Mavromatis said she's glad the casino is there even though people don't seem to venture off casino grounds.
A casino spokesman said the venue is averaging 10,000 visitors a day.
A report released Thursday by the Ohio Casino Commission shows Hollywood Casino Columbus brought in $18.2 million in revenue in January, which was a 2 percent increase over December.
The commission reports that statewide revenue in January was more than $52 million, down from almost $57 million in December.
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