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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino decides to close completely during rebranding

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 16:15:18-05

UPDATE AUG. 20: The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is offering its employees an incentive to stick around until the property has been rebranded. The Hard Rock sent the following statement about their plans:

“Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’ 1,850 employees are being enticed to stay with us in our “Stick Around And Come Back” program. Those employees still with the property when it closes to the public in early February 2020 will be paid a retention bonus in a lump sum, up to 10 weeks of payment. While many employees are sure to find work elsewhere, those who want to work in the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas property will not be required to interview again for their previously held jobs. The employees (all hourly gaming, non-gaming, union, and non-union employees) will all be recalled. The ownership group and operating partners are committed to paying them to return and we want them to return. To “Keep the Band Together” during the property closure and renovations we will be offering employees the opportunity to participate in wellness workshops, lifelong learning classes, and social mixers. Between now and February of next year, it’s business as usual and full steam ahead. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas promises to be one of the most exciting, vibrant, and anticipated properties to open in Las Vegas in years.”

-Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO, JC Hospitality

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has made the decision to temporarily close in February 2020.

The property was sold in February 2018 to Virgin Hotels.

UPDATE: Virgin announces rebranding of Hard Rock hotel-casino

Initially, the plan was to phases in renovations to the property over the period of 8 months with the property only being closed for 4 months. Now, it will be closed completely during the renovations.

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The hotel and casino is expected to reopen no later than January 2021. However, it could be done by October 2020.

The following statement was provided by JC Hospitality President and CEO Richard “Boz” Bozworth

“We determined that a phased closing of four months, followed by a total closure of four months was not efficient from a construction process nor could we provide a hospitality service experience our guests deserve. Therefore an approximate eight-month closure would be most efficient and ensure a timely opening prior to January 2021. We might be ready in October, but construction is an imperfect process. Until early February 2020 it is business as usual at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas promises to be one of the most exciting, vibrant, and anticipated properties to open in Las Vegas in years.”