Proclaiming Trump Taj Mahal as the "eight wonder of the world," Donald Trump along with his billionaire friend Carl Icahn had opened his own casino around 26 years ago.
However, Carl Icahn will be drawing the curtain down on the Trump Taj Mahal casino.
The sprawling Boardwalk casino, with its soaring domes, minarets, and towers built to mimic the famed Indian palace, will shut its doors at 5:59am. Determining there was "no path to profitability," Icahn took the decision soon after the union workers went on strike on 1 July because the casino failed to reach a deal with its union workers to restore health care and pension benefits.
Following the closure, 3,000 workers will be laid off which will bring the total lost jobs by Atlantic City casino closings to 11,000 since 2014.
An international news agency quoted Trump as saying, "I felt they should have been able to make a deal. It's hard to believe they weren't able to make a deal."
Chuck Baker, a cook at the Taj Mahal said, "I was here when these doors opened, and I'll be here when they close. This didn't have to happen. To (Icahn), it's all just business. But to us, it's destroying our livelihoods and our families. You take away our health care, our pensions and overload the workers, we just can't take it."
Commenting on the closure of the casino, Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said, "Everybody has their Popeye moment: 'That's all I can stands; I can't stands no more. The workers made a choice that they weren't going to accept benefits and terms of employment worse than everyone else's. I applaud them: for the first time in 30 years, workers stood up to Carl Icahn and made him throw in the towel."
Succumbing to economic pressure brought by casino competition from neighbouring states, only seven casinos are left after The Taj Mahal joins the Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel shut their doors.