ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City’s crumbling casino market disintegrated even further on Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.
Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino. But the company said it expected the casino to close its doors on Sept. 16.
Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino’s 1,000-plus employees on Monday.
If Trump Plaza closes, Atlantic City could lose a third of its casinos and a quarter of its casino work force in less than nine months. The Atlantic Club closed in January, the Showboat is closing next month and Revel might do likewise if a buyer cannot be found in bankruptcy court.
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Bob McDevitt, president of the local Unite-HERE union, Atlantic City’s main casino workers’ union, demanded state lawmakers help head off what he called a “pending catastrophe” that will affect the state’s tourism industry and tax collections.
Trump Entertainment Resorts said its managers and board of directors “have been reviewing alternatives for the property.”