Grand Opening of Colonial Downs – Rosie’s Gaming Emporium In Richmond

Date: July 1, 2019
Time: 10:45 am  to  11:59 pm

A ribbon cutting will officially open the third Colonial Downs – Rosie’s Gaming Emporium location in Richmond on Monday July 1st at 10:45 AM. Doors will then open to the public at 11 AM and the first 500 customers will receive a free Rosie’s commemorative t-shirt.

Among dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the Vinton grand opening were VEA President Debbie Easter (far left), VRC Executive Director David Lermond (2nd), New Kent County Patricia Paige (4th) and Colonial Downs GM John Marshall (far right).

Located in the former Kmart building on Midlothian Turnpike just north of Chippenham Parkway, this Rosie’s will be the largest of the ones that are currently open. The New Kent site (at the racetrack itself) has 600 Historical Horse Racing terminals and the Vinton location (just outside of Roanoke) has 150 machines.

At the most recent Virginia Racing Commission meeting, the Colonial Downs Group’s Aaron Gomes remarked that “when pople drive by the Rosie’s Richmond location, they will have no idea it used to be a Kmart.”

The Richmond Rosie’s will feature 700 terminals split between three sections — a smoking, non-smoking and high limit area. There also is a live racing simulcast area where fans can bet races  via satellite from tracks around the country.

Rosie’s Richmond will have 225 employees. When live racing begins in August, the Colonial Downs Group will have 900 employees on board with a total payroll of $20 million.

The site has 840 parking spaces and can accommodate several thousand customers.