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Santa Ana Star Casino Announces Hotel Addition
The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – July 16, 2016

The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – July 16, 2016 – Santa Ana Star Casino, New Mexico’s Best Bet, is proud to announce the beginning of a property expansion. The expansion’s centerpiece will be the construction of an attached hotel, casual dining steakhouse and espresso bar.

“The significance of this project cannot be understated. It is an essential step forward for the Pueblo of Santa Ana and the local community,” said Santa Ana Star Casino General Manager John Cirrincione. “This project will synergize the Pueblo’s businesses and create jobs. Most importantly, it enhances our ability to meet the fundamental mission of our company—providing economic sustainability for the Pueblo of Santa Ana, which supports essential tribal programs and services for its people.”

JCJ Architecture will be the architect of record with Jaynes Construction performing as General Contractor. The project is expected to inject more than $50 million into the local economy and create approximately 120 permanent positions along with several hundred temporary construction jobs.

“Our long-term goals and vision are centered on safeguarding Santa Ana Star Casino’s value-driven position in the local market. We have mandated our management to uphold our obligation in maintaining the most liberal gaming odds in the state and make our food and beverage pricing competitive. We are truly committed to keeping our promise of being ‘New Mexico’s Best Bet,’” said Tamaya Enterprises Board Chairman Nathan Garcia. “We have built our business on providing our guests with great service and reasonable pricing, and we will not waiver from this philosophy as we move forward.”

Groundbreaking is scheduled for July of 2016 and construction is expected to last two years.

“This expansion is an investment in our people and in our future,” said Pueblo of Santa Ana Governor Myron Armijo. “We are proud to begin this next chapter and continue building a responsible, innovative business that will benefit our children and our children’s children for many decades to come.”

About Santa Ana Star Casino

Santa Ana Star Casino, located off Highway 550 at the Jemez Dam Road, is just minutes north of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. It was the first Indian casino to operate in New Mexico, opening its doors in 1993. Santa Ana Star Casino is “New Mexico’s Best Bet!” The Star offers a Vegas-style casino experience with an infusion of New Mexican charm. Reflecting the cultural authenticity and timelessness of the great southwest, it is an easily accessible regional destination for entertainment, excitement and good, old-fashioned value.

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