“They dropped a $100 million building in the middle nowhere, where at one time they had plans to put it downtown.”
Planners missed an opportunity, Sanfillipo said.
“It would have been really hopping but they did not do that,” he said.
There are other gambling opportunities — and the potential produce sales that go with it — in Columbus. Scioto Downs, the state’s first “racino” — a blend of racing and casino betting – also opened in 2012. The venue features 1,800 slot-like devices, as well as horse racing.
Not all suppliers do business directly with gambling spots, but they say their businesses can benefit indirectly.
Pavlofsky, for example, said his company doesn’t do any business with the casinos, but ProduceOne does sell to restaurants that have taken root near the gambling venues.