Icahn to Close Taj Mahal Leaving No More Trump Casinos in N.J.
Billionaire Carl Icahn will close the Trump Taj Mahal resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, citing ongoing labor strife 18 months after acquiring the one-time flagship of Donald Trump’s casino empire in bankruptcy court.
The casino, once the top-grossing property in Atlantic City, will shut down after Labor Day, according to a statement Wednesday by Tony Rodio, chief executive officer of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., an Icahn-controlled company that manages the casino on behalf of owner Icahn Enterprises LP. The resort has been the subject of a summer-long strike led by Unite Here, a union that represents casino workers.
Icahn Enterprises “to date has lost almost $100 million trying to save the Taj when no other party, including the prior equity owners who put it into its recent bankruptcy, was willing to invest even one dollar to save it,” Rodio said in the statement. “Currently the Taj is losing multimillions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path to profitability.” – READ MORE