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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, November 4, 2007

Town Square grand opening set

By Anthony Curtis

The $750 million, 1.5-million-square-foot "lifestyle center," built on the far south end of the Strip where a casino called Vacation Village used to stand, will celebrate its grand opening this month. Town Square's anchor tenants include Whole Foods Market, Borders Books, H&M (a fashion retailer) and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Out of 150 stores in all, 90 percent of the spaces are filled. Town Square also features an 18-plex all-digital movie theater, a dozen restaurants, a large children's park adjacent to an outdoor picnic and entertainment area, nearly 400,000 square feet of office space, and 5,500 parking-garage spaces. A flyover from Las Vegas Boulevard (to the south of the center) should make access easy.

FIESTA UPGRADE: Station Casinos completed its $75 million expansion of Fiesta Henderson, including a 12-plex theater, a new race and sports book, and a 1,500-space parking garage.

OLD FASHIONED: The Pasta Palace restaurant at Palace Station is offering classic Las Vegas dinner shows on Monday evenings for just $19.99. Seatings are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. and dinner includes soup or salad, choice of entree, and dessert.

EYECANDY: A new club called eyecandy has opened at Mandalay Bay in the center of the casino and is open seven nights a week. The club looks like a high end "ultra-lounge" and charges high-end prices for drinks, but there's currently no cover or minimum to get in.

Q. Which casino is the biggest employer in Nevada?

A. Nevada's largest employer is MGM Mirage with 52,572 employees, followed by Harrah's Entertainment (29,000), Boyd Gaming (17,000) and Station Casinos (15,000). Surprisingly, the second-biggest employer is the Clark County School District, with 38,244 employees.

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