Tribe hoping for more growth in businesses as economy recovers

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STANDISH — The Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe is hoping to see a growth in business around the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino as the economy becomes more stable.

Spokesman Frank Cloutier said no businesses or restaurant franchises have contacted the tribe about adding franchises around the casino, down Worth Road.

“I am surprised we have not had anything come our way,” he said. “With this economy, it has been hard for everyone.”

Since opening in December 2007, Cloutier said Saganing Eagles Landing Casino has had to operate the entire time under economic reconstruction.

“The economy has been in crisis mode the entire time the casino has been operating,” he said. “It’s hard for us to judge what the casino is capable of.”

Cloutier said the casino has continued to generate revenue during a tough time for casinos in Michigan.

“Many casinos have not been making money,” he said. “We have all been hit hard.”

Cloutier said that the 24 casinos in Michigan are continuing to struggle economically.

But those struggles have not stopped the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe from continuing to look for more viable options.

“Usually businesses come to us,” he said.

Cloutier added that the casino leased space to a Subway restaurant inside the building, something he said the tribe has never done before.

“We are always looking at growth and expansion,” he said. “When the market turns around we will be ready.”

Cloutier said the tribe is very fortunate to have the support of the community.

“Having the support of people in the area is important,” he said.

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