25 May 2018 – Eje Prime
Hard Rock has been given the green light to build its gaming and leisure mega-complex in Tarragona. The Generalitat de Cataluña has unblocked the plans of the US group, which is going to invest €2 billion in this complex. The economic plan includes one line item amounting to €300 million for the purchase of land, located in Vila-seca, from CaixaBank.
The Ministry of Economy reported on Friday that it had awarded the US company the authorisation to install and operate a gaming casino, which will be located at the centre of the project and which is going to be called Hard Rock Entertainment World.
The next step that the group must take is to make a €10 million deposit within the next ten days, although that amount includes the €3 million that the company already paid in June last year to guarantee its involvement in the project.
Despite those assurances, Hard Rock has not had a rival in the public tender that was opened to develop the complex. The first multi-national leisure project in Spain will have a gaming area spanning 7,595 m2, as well as two large hotels with a surface area of 63,000 m2.
Similarly, the US company will promote a commercial space measuring 15,000 m2 in which 6,000 m2 will be dedicated to an extensive restaurant offering and the same amount of space will be used for the centre itself, where leisure and live entertainment spaces will also be opened.
€700 million to begin with
During the first phase of the project, Hard Rock is going to invest €700 million to purchase the land, cover the construction and financing costs and to acquire furniture, amongst other aspects.
The group expects that its multi-million euro investment to set up this mega-complex, will allow it to reach an economic impact in the tourist area of Tarragona, where it is located, on the Costa Dorada, of €1.3 billion. The Port Aventura World leisure resort is located in the vicinity of the future Hard Rock Entertainment World.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake