Penn National to close Pa. off-track betting site

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn National Off Track Wagering Center in central Pennsylvania is closing its doors for good.

Dan Silver, director of racing for Penn National Race Course, tells the Public Opinion (http://bit.ly/19FiwCK) that the decision to close the Chambersburg facility was made on “the basis of business volume.” He says it will likely close in August.

The 12,500-square-foot center opened in 1994 and has a restaurant and bar. The center allows bets to be placed on horse races simulcast through the center.

Facility manager Joe Kirwan said he has seen a decrease in customers.

Around 30 employees will lose their jobs. Silver says the company will work with them to find work at other locations owned by Penn National, including its York, Reading and Lancaster off-track wagering sites and West Virginia casinos.

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Information from: Public Opinion, http://www.publicopiniononline.com

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