Hard Rock NJ Casino Plans Gas Station In Taj Redevelopment Plans

[toc]When Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City opens its doors in 2018, it plans to offer more than just gambling, entertainment, and food and drink.

The property also hopes to be able to give its patrons the opportunity to fill their tanks with gas.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, Hard Rock International has filed plans with New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to open a gas station as a part of its redevelopment of the now-closed Trump Taj Mahal. The Rockstop Gas & Wash will be located at the corner of Pacific and Virginia avenues.

What’s in store at The Rockstop Gas & Wash

The Rockstop Gas & Wash at the Hard Rock Casino in NJ would include gas pumps, a car wash, and a convenience store.

The company, after all, is no stranger to the gas station business, having opened one at its Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio, this past June.

Hard Rock International partnered with local property developers The Morris Family and construction and energy developers The Jingoli Family to buy the shuttered $1.2 billion Trump Taj Mahal earlier this year for $50 million.

The group immediately announced plans for a $375 million renovation and rebranding, the price of which has now ballooned to $500 million.

Hard Rock NJ Casino plans summer 2018 opening

Hard Rock had originally set Memorial Day Weekend 2018 as its opening date. But in November, the company announced it would open its Atlantic City casino in summer 2018.

Plans include a completely redesigned interior and a casino with more than 2,400 slots and 130 table games. Hard Rock is also promising first-class food and beverage options — all part of a plan that would see the NJ casino become the go-to entertainment destination in Atlantic City.

Now, it will also include a gas station at the property that was once dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world” by its former owner, US President Donald Trump.

“The gas station is just one of many exciting things to come,” Jingoli and Morris spokesperson Liz Thomas told The Press of Atlantic City. “We’re so pleased to partner with Hard Rock during this renaissance in Atlantic City that wouldn’t be happening without the cooperation and support of the state of New Jersey.”

The CRDA Land Use Division is expected to review the plans for the gas station during a hearing Dec. 21.

Hard Rock continues to expand its properties

Hard Rock International already operates restaurants, hotels, and casinos in 74 countries. This includes 174 cafes, 24 hotels, and 11 casinos.

In addition to the new hotel and casino in Atlantic City, the company is planning to open new Hard Rock Cafe locations in Valencia, Innsbruck, Yangon and Chengdu. Plus, it has plans for new Hard Rock Hotel projects in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China.

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Martin Derbyshire

In his over 10 years covering the US online poker, legal NJ online gambling, and land-based casino industries, Martin Derbyshire has worn the hats of award-winning journalist and video and film producer. He has logged countless miles reporting on the world of high stakes gambling.