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Cape Girardeau casino cutting back on hours

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The Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau will be closed four hours each week day from 4 to 8 a.m. The Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau will be closed four hours each week day from 4 to 8 a.m.
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The Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau will be closed four hours each week day from 4 to 8 a.m. Casino officials said the casino is shutting its doors during these hours to “match business levels.”

According to the Missouri Gaming Commission, the number of people visiting the casino has been dropping since March. In May, the number was lower than it has been since the casino opened last October.

Cape Girardeau’s mayor says he is not concerned that less people are visiting the casino. He says the casino is still a positive attraction for the area.

Marla Mills with Old Town Cape agrees. She says it is too soon to base the success of the casino on the number of people visiting.

“It’s been open less than a year so it’s going to take a little while for them to really figure out what is their market trend,” Mills said. “Who is coming and what hours do they need to be open? So, I think, that’s just a response in the beginning of them trying to be a smart business and responding to the needs of the market.”

Four different business owners in downtown Cape told KFVS they have not noticed a change in the number of people visiting their stores since the casino has been open. Claire Bruce owns Sloan and Themis Boutique and says that’s because the casino and the stores downtown appeal to different demographics.

“It’s a different crowd,” Bruce said. “The people who are geeking out about downtown, who love our downtown, they love our downtown because we give them the products and services they enjoy. A casino gives casino-goers the experience they enjoy. I don’t know if those two things are inclusive of each other. The casino, whether it rises or falls as far as its amount of traffic, it’s not affecting a place like this.”

Bruce says other events in downtown bring more people through her doors than the casino.

“If I were to rank the casino in things that drive traffic, it would be pretty low on the list,” Bruce said. “Farmer’s market, activities, other stores, new stores opening up, First Friday, all those things drive a lot of traffic to Main Street and I’m really just not seeing that type of effect from the casino.”

The casino will remain open for 24 hours on the weekends.

The Isle of Capri is also looking for a new general manager. The former general manager was let go in May. Casino officials say they hope to find someone to fill the position before the end of the summer.

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