Located in the Tri-State district where the Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas state borders meet, Downstream Casino Resort is expanding further into the Missouri side of its property with a RV park, and a 24-hour gas station, convenience and liquor store. Downstream Development Authority, on behalf of the Quapaw Tribe, opened Phase I of the resort in July 2008. The casino employs about 1,050 team members.
The new complex, slated to open in March, is expected to boost the Joplin, Missouri regional economy with construction work and about 20 new permanent jobs. Downstream added 40 new jobs earlier this year when it opened its childcare and learning center on the Oklahoma side of the resort.
“One of these days we would like to expand on the Kansas side too,” said John Berrey, chairman of the Downstream Development Authority. “We have always planned that Downstream would be a hub for economic development and creating good jobs in the Tri-State region.”
The C-store complex will occupy about 10 acres across from Downstream’s main entrance. Plans also call for 40 RV/camper parking spaces with utility hook-ups and a shower and laundry building; at least 22 parking spaces for semi tractor-trailer trucks; four diesel fuel pumps and six gasoline pumps; and an 8,000-square-foot convenience and liquor store with an outdoor dining area and drive-through window. The gas station will likely be branded under one of the popular national brand names, said Downstream General Manager Steven Drewes in a press release.
“We are finalizing many of the details this week while the land is being cleared and prepared, and construction should begin next month,” Drewes said. “We should be ready to open in March.”