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Shark Club opens in citiplace

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There's been a shark sighting downtown -- but it’s not keeping people from going into cityplace.

Shark Club, a Calgary-based sports bar chain, has christened a 17,000-square-foot Winnipeg location, offering both a high-end bar and a gaming centre with six blackjack and poker tables and 140 slot machines.

"It’s a no-brainer for us to be this close to a sports venue affiliated with True North (Sports & Entertainment)," said Darin Amies, franchisee for Shark Club, motioning across the street to the MTS Centre, home to the Winnipeg Jets.

The gaming aspect is part of the provincial government’s previously announced support for True North. The partnership between the owners of the Jets, Shark Club and Manitoba Lotteries is designed to produce approximately $5.5 million in income.

Jim Ludlow, president and CEO of True North, said the new facility is another piece of downtown Winnipeg’s renaissance puzzle.

"We’re always looking to expand the sports, hospitality and entertainment offerings for our fans. We think this is the perfect complement. We see it as being a wonderful pre- and post-game option and alternative for all of the fans who come into this district on an event night," he said.

geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca

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