Following years of legal wrangling — the Catawba Indian Nation’s plans to reopen a Bingo hall in Rock Hill will move forward this weekend.
The tribe plans to open a new hall on the former site of a Bi-Lo grocery store in the Northeast Plaza shopping center July 19.
The site will hold up to 1,300 people at a time, tribe spokeswoman Elizabeth Harris said, and will be managed by Catawba Management, LLC.
“This project has been part of our economic development plans for a number of years and Saturday July 19th we are able to officially open our doors for business”, stated Chief Bill Harris. “I think our patrons will find the new bingo complex to be a modern, state of the art facility that allows for hours of entertainment opportunities. It is our goal to ensure our customers as well as the citizens of Rock Hill that the people of the Catawba Nation are good corporate partners with our surrounding communities.”
The Rock Hill hall will run Tuesday-Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., closed Monday.
The tribe operated a bingo hall across Cherry Road in the former Rock Hill mall until 2006.
“The new Rock Hill facility is part of the long-term business plan developed by the Nation in order to help improve the economic challenges facing the Tribe,” Elisabeth Harris said. “Other business opportunities currently being conducted by the Tribe will not impact the long-term business plan for the Rock Hill Complex.”