Massive renovation results in new jobs at Southland Park - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Massive renovation results in new jobs at Southland Park

A massive renovation, and the addition of gaming, will mean big changes at Southland Park in West Memphis. As the park's fastest greyhounds made their Monday afternoon runs, Southland Park President Barry Baldwin was in an upstairs meeting room talking jobs to the local Rotary Club.

"We've already had some probably four to five hundred resumes turned in," Baldwin said.  "There will be cage managers, assistant cage managers.  We have count room people and we will have a drop crew."

Food service workers, bartenders, and construction workers are also needed, as the park completes the massive renovation and gets ready to add video poker and other games of skill.

Rosie Sisk said she'll be there when Southland Parks tries to fill the new positions created by the expansion at an upcoming job fair.  "I'm definitely going to go over and apply," she said.

Sisk is not alone.  A 30,000 square foot gaming area and nightclub will create up to 250 new jobs.  Baldwin said the revenue generated will double the track's current $7 million payroll and result in millions of tax dollars.

"If our projections are correct, each month we will be giving the City of West Memphis a check for $50,000 or better," Baldwin said.

Southland officials said annual wages for the new positions will average $30,000 per year.

The upcoming job fair will be held at Southland Park on August 29 from 10:00am - 7:00pm, and August 30 from 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

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