Over 20 Leading Bristol Small Businesses Back New Project; Welcome Positive Impact on Local Economy; Urge Bristol, VA Residents to Vote ‘Yes’ in Fall Referendum

BRISTOL, VA (September 1, 2020) – Today, the ‘Vote Yes For Bristol’ referendum committee announced the formation of “Small Businesses for Bristol.” These local job creators and leading small businesses have joined together to support passage of the referendum, and encourage voters to approve the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol in the upcoming election. This new coalition brings together local small businesses from various sectors who all understand the importance of this opportunity for Bristol’s economy and its future. The Hard Rock destination resort will create over 2,000 jobs, with an average total compensation of $46,500. The project will also generate annual tax revenue equivalent to nearly half of Bristol, Virginia’s existing budget providing new funds that can be used for critical city services. These coalition members recognize that a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino project in Bristol will be a catalyst for additional investment and job growth for the city, and across the entire region.

Below is a sampling of the strong support expressed by members of the coalition about how passage of the referendum and opening of the Hard Rock destination resort in Bristol, VA will benefit local small businesses:

  • “They’re going to do something for us that we can be here to watch our children grow up, to watch our community thrive,” said Beth Rhinehart, President & CEO, Bristol Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an incredible opportunity that I don’t know we would have without this. It brings those diverse and well-paying jobs to the community that we need very desperately. We needed a moon shot so to speak to get us to that next phase of being able to be sustainable and grow. And that’s what this does. It brings that opportunity.”

  • “The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino coming to Bristol is going to be great for the Burger Bar and businesses alike due to the increased foot traffic and tourism it will draw into our great city and region,” said Joe Deel, Owner, Burger Bar. “This added revenue will help our community flourish even more!”

  • “This destination resort will be the largest catalyst to tourism that our region has ever experienced,” said Rafael Zabala, Owner, 620 State & Southern Craft BBQ-Bristol. “I hope that Bristol, Virginia residents will Vote Yes for Bristol starting next month.”

For more information about ‘Vote Yes For Bristol,’ including how to join the “Small Businesses for Bristol” coalition, please visit yesforbristol.org/support.

The current membership list of the “Small Businesses for Bristol” coalition can be found below: (committee in formation)

  • Bristol Chamber of Commerce
  • Cranberry Lane
  • Southern Churn
  • Bristol Station Brews & Tap Room
  • Burger Bar
  • 620 State
  • Southern Craft BBQ-Bristol
  • RPM Offroad
  • Vision, LLC
  • Aftershock Bristol
  • Foundation Event Facility
  • Motor Mile Motors of Bristol
  • City Centre
  • Flextech Solutions
  • WiCom Mobile
  • Bristol Gardens & Grill
  • Cascade Draft House
  • Blakley-Mitchell Co
  • Colonial Cleaners
  • The Old Lighthouse Diner
  • Jon’s Guns
  • Stryker Martial Arts Academy
  • The Cameo Theater
  • The Williams Agency
  • The Widner Agency
  • Farmer and O’Dell’s Market

For Immediate Release


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