The Trump Taj Mahal resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is closing down. Here's the latest from the Press of Atlantic City:
Trump Taj Mahal is set to close its doors after Labor Day weekend, according to a Wednesday statement from Tony Rodio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropicana Entertainment. Rodio said the ongoing Unite Here Local 54 strike played a role in making the decision. "Currently the Taj is losing multi-millions a month, and now with this strike we see no path to profitability," Rodio said in the statement. "Unfortunately, we've reached the point where we have will to have to close the Taj after Labor Day weekend and intend to send WARN notices to before this weekend." More than 1,000 cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, bartenders, cocktail servers and other service workers at Taj Mahal have been on strike since July 1. The strike at the casino-hotel follows union agreements with Tropicana Atlantic City and Caesars Entertainment, which owns Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Resort and Bally's Atlantic City.
Just two weeks ago, WEEKLY STANDARD staff writer Jay Cost visited the Taj and reported the resort is "so dingy, dirty, and broken down that" upon returning home he felt he "just had to take a shower." Here's more from his review:
When Donald Trump opened this behemoth of a casino in 1990, he claimed it was the eighth wonder of the world. This was a weirdly prescient boast: I would not want to attend a sporting event at the Roman Coliseum nowadays, and I would not recommend you vacation at the Trump Taj, either. The decayed remnants of Trump's grandiose ambitions are everywhere. There's an elaborate entrance in desperate need of a paint job, leading straight to a lighted sign that must have looked nifty back when George H.W. Bush was president, but looks dated today. The broken lights enhance the antiquated effect. When you walk into the casino, you're greeted by massive chandeliers that cost millions of dollars to be installed. But take a closer look, and you'll notice the carpet is dirty, the wallpaper is torn, and even the bottoms of the escalators are in disrepair. The Trump Taj sports a seemingly endless casino floor—which mostly lies vacant.
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