AKWESASNE, NY – Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR) has acquired the Comfort Inn adjacent to its property, as well as 18 acres from Tarbell Management Group.
“By retaining ownership of the hotel and adjacent land, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort strengthens its position for future development, ensuring a cohesive and unified vision for our casino and hotel facility,” a statement from the Mohawk Gaming Enterprises Board of Managers read. “The acquisition allows them to consolidate their footprint with respect to lands immediately adjacent to our casino. We appreciate the Tarbell Management Group working cooperatively with our casino management to make this deal a reality.”
“This sale is not just a business transaction; it is a reaffirmation of our commitment to self-determination and the empowerment of our community,” said Brandon Tarbell, President/CEO of the Tarbell Management Group. “In entrusting our property to the hands of the Mohawk Gaming Enterprise, we are ensuring that our lands remain under the ownership of those who understand its significance, history, and importance … We look forward to witnessing the continued success and prosperity of the AMCR, and we are excited about the positive impact this venture will have in Akwesasne.”
The strategic move is part of a broader initiative to recapture the pre-pandemic market, particularly from Canadian guests.
“Recapturing our market post-pandemic extends beyond the gaming and hospitality sectors, which includes exploring the desire for smoke friendly amenities; it also directly impacts our local convenience stores,” said Scott Freeman, AMCR General Manager. “By diversifying our offerings and aligning them with customer preferences, we aim to create a comprehensive experience that resonates with both local and international visitors. Equally as important are our associates who take care of our guests; our transition team welcomes the current employees onto the AMCR Team.”