Out with the old, in with the new at Golden Nugget

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - We've all heard the old saying, "out with the old and in with the new." That standard is being taken to a whole new level at Pt. Cadet in Biloxi. That's where the Golden Nugget Casino is spending $120 million, completely transforming what was once the Isle Casino. It's a reflection of the company's commitment to impress its customers with a dazzling display of new amenities.

Despite ongoing construction everywhere the customers turn, it will be worth it. Brad Rhines is the marketing Vice-President for the Golden Nugget.

"Seeing it on paper, seeing it on film doesn't quite do it justice," Rhines explained.  "When you see it in person, it makes all the difference in the world and I think a little disruption goes a far way in the future to see what exactly this property is going to be. They get to see the changes first hand."

The customers like what they see.

"I think it's nice. We drove up and I looked at the place and it was like, wow, this is really nice," said Inette Perry, customer at the Golden Nugget.

"The room, the new carpeting, we had a great view, a room with a view of the beach, it was awesome," said Troy Sharpe of Tennessee.

All the hotel rooms are being renovated. Two new restaurants have opened, and a new gaming floor is under construction. A shopping plaza is also coming, along with a pool and bar area.

"When we first drove up, the landscaping was fabulous, and then when we came inside; it's changed quite a bit. It's real nice," said Gene Anderson, another customer who was impressed with the changes.

While almost every customer was impressed by the transformation going on at the casino, they weren't the only ones. Many of the long time employees were just as excited.

Cherronda McCord started working at the casino 21 years ago when it was called the Isle of Capri.

"The place is beautiful. I love it. I'm so proud to walk through whenever I get a chance to come upstairs and look around and see what's been changed and what's new," McCord said.

All the renovations at the Golden Nugget will be completed by late spring of next year.

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