Heads up to everyone visiting Las Vegas in 2020! The Hard Rock Las Vegas is officially set to close for eight months as it’s rebranded into a Virgin hotel. Richard Bosworth, CEO of the Hard Rock/Virgin Hotels partnership, confirmed the news on social media.
It’s both disappointing and exciting news for this venue. As of now, the plan is for the new Virgin hotel in Las Vegas to open by January of 2021. Let’s look at what’s happening here.
Virgin Hotels Acquires the Hard Rock Las Vegas
Hard Rock International currently owns and operates 25 hotels and 12 casinos around the world. It’s run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida with headquarters based in Florida, where a brand new Hard Rock casino is set to open.
One of this company’s most notable hotel-casinos is located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas opened in 1994. It features 30,000 square feet of gaming space, several popular nightclubs, and six different restaurants. Not many gaming analysts predicted that this casino would go for sale anytime soon.
Interestingly, Virgin Hotels and several investment groups announced that they had acquired the Hard Rock Las Vegas in December of 2018. It’s the first time that Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, is breaking into the gambling industry. Branson and the investors announced that $200 million would be spent to “reimagine” this popular hotel.
The initial plan was for the Las Vegas hotel to close for four months while renovations and rebranding took place. Now, that timetable is being pushed back. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has confirmed that the Hard Rock in Las Vegas will close for eight months.
Hard Rock is Officially Closing for Most of 2020
As we just mentioned, there was talk that the Hard Rock would close its doors for four months while the 8-month rebranding process took place. Late last week, Richard Bosworth announced that the hotel is now being closed for eight months. Bosworth made an official statement on social media about the change.
“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,” he said. “Therefore an approximate eight-month closure would be most efficient and ensure a timely opening prior to January 2021.”
Construction on this hotel-casino may be completed by October of 2020. To play it safe, Virgin Hotels is claiming that a January 2021 reopening will take place. We’ll get a more clear picture of the opening date over the next few months.
Fortunately, shows scheduled to take place here this year will go on as planned. Several major artists are scheduled to appear at this hotel including Mary J. Blige (August 24th), Brian Wilson and the Zombies (August 31st), and Stone Temple Pilots (October 6th).
Hard Rock Employees Urged to Work for Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas
Many workers at Hard Rock Las Vegas immediately began voicing their concerns over the Virgin acquisition. Generally speaking, when a hotel-casino is taken over by a new company, there are lay-offs. Virgin Hotels was quick to assure Hard Rock employees in Las Vegas that their jobs are secure.
The hotel’s 1650 workers are the target of Virgin Hotel’s “Stick Around And Come Back” program. Employees still working for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas when it closes to the public next year will be paid a retention bonus in a lump sum.
Richard Bosworth is making it clear that his company wants to see these workers return. He claims that these employees will not be required to interview for the jobs they held before the hotel closed.
“Those employees will all be recalled,” he said. “The ownership group is paying for them to return, and we want them to return.”
Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the situation over the next few months!