City to benefit from new complexPublished 8:53am Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Expansion is on the minds of folks in Atmore these days, both because of new businesses at the city’s Rivercane development site and the hope of future suppliers from Mobile’s new Airbus location.
But a more immediate growth can be seen right now as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue construction on their new entertainment plaza at Wind Creek — a facility aimed at providing family-friendly fun and expected to open in just under two months.
Last week, PCI leadership took The Advance on a tour of the developing facility and gave us a sneak peak at what locals can expect.
As usual, the Poarch Band has seemingly thought of it all. From a 16-lane bowling alley and eight-screen movie theater to a sports bar and restaurant, 45-game arcade and a yogurt and coffee shop, the complex promises to offer a little something for everyone.
Mark Vaughn, the newly appointed entertainment theater director, told us the new complex is meant to be an addition to the quality of life in Atmore as much as to the amenities offered at Wind Creek. Vaughn said PCI recognizes the need for family-friendly fun that can offer an alternative to gaming for those wanting to enjoy the Wind Creek experience without actually entering the casino. The new complex will add to the already-present restaurants, such as Taste and Fire steakhouse, and the Escape Spa currently located on the Wind Creek property.
While these new entertainment and leisure activities may not be contributing to Atmore’s tax base, it is certainly adding to the quality of life and that can do nothing but help the town’s prospects for future businesses that will also benefit Atmore monetarily.