Construction is well underway on the largest expansion project at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack since Video Lottery Terminals were introduced nearly ten years ago.
Gaming became a staple at Finger Lakes in 2004. Since then, the clientele has steadily increased, making it necessary to expand.
Once the $12 million project is completed in October, the gaming floor will more than double, with wider aisles to allow for easier movement throughout the facility.
"We're adding about 33,000 square feet. We're getting about 350 more gaming machines bringing our total up to about 1,500. We currently have nearly 1,200. We're also getting a new restaurant and a new bar and lounge and adding some office space as well,' said marketing specialist Shannon Kingston.
With the expansion comes the need for more employees. Finger Lakes is looking to add nearly 80 new positions.
With an expanded gaming floor, Finger Lakes is looking for more floor attendants. The new restaurant will feature table service for more than 100 people. The bar will seat about 145 customers with a stage and dance floor. Those additions increase the need for food and beverage servers.
Human resources personnel say Finger Lakes offers prospective employees a fun place to work.
The atmosphere and just the people you work with on a day to day basis. Everybody really is here to have a good time. It's a place to get away and just relax and enjoy yourself," said human resources director Julie Roloson.
Seventy percent of the new jobs are part-time positions. A three day job fair this week gave applicants the opportunity to sell their skills.
"I've worked at numerous food places. No experience in security but I know some people that do it and they like it so it seems like a good opportunity," said Amber Dingman of Fairport.
Another job fair is planned for next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the track's lower clubhouse.