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Sahara Hotel and Casino announces plans to close

The Sahara Hotel and Casino, located on the Strip in Las Vegas, announced recently that it plans to close on May 16, 2011.

“We are working with our partners to assess a variety of options for the property, including a complete renovation and repositioning,” said Sam Nazarian, CEO of SBE Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Sahara. “While no final decisions have been made at this point, the continued operation of the aging Sahara is no longer economically viable.”

Meanwhile, the hotel and casino will remain fully operational until May 16th. The Sahara will be honoring all room reservations and players’ club events until that time.

“We see the northern end of the Strip as the future of Las Vegas,” said Nazarian. “With Las Vegas showing early signs of recovery, we are confident that we ultimately will find a creative and comprehensive new solution for this historic property.”

The Sahara has been working with MGM Resorts International on possible solutions for both customers and employees.

“SBE is fortunate to have a strategic relationship with MGM Resorts International. As a result, we will work together to try to find jobs for Sahara employees in cases where there are open positions in MGM Resorts’ properties,” added Nazarian. “We will also work with MGM Resorts to accommodate Sahara hotel and group customers with reservations following our closure.”

Additionally, Sahara’s human resources department will be working with team members through this transition. The Sahara also plans to offer sessions with Nevada Job Connect and provide career counseling.

“We sincerely appreciate the service and dedication shown by the many Sahara team members over the decades,” Nazarian said. “They have been the heart and soul of this iconic property. We thank them for their longstanding service.”


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