ATLANTIC CITY — The ground level of the former Trump Taj Mahal was buzzing with activity Wednesday as people bought and loaded their vehicles with what’s left of the old casino hotel.
The sale by National Content Liquidators, or NCL, is scheduled to end Sunday, but could be finished sooner, a manager said. It started July 6.
The Taj is set to be turned into Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, set to open by Memorial Day.
“We’re wrapping up right now. We’re out of a lot of things,” NCL manager Greg Hall said. “We have some furniture like desks, end tables and nightstands for really low prices.”
Dozens of neatly stacked desks lined the floor Wednesday. Dusty sofa beds sunk in as you sat in them. Dressers, coffee tables, end tables and lamps sat in separate piles throughout the floor, waiting to be sold.
Nightstands, desks and lamps were priced at $1. A dresser was $5, and a sofa bed was $25.
All of the furniture is on the first floor. Workers brought items down from the top floors using the wheeled luggage racks left behind when Taj closed Oct. 10, after multiple bankruptcies and a labor dispute with its union workers.
“In the beginning, you could buy it (an item) and come back for it,” Hall said. Now, it’s “if you buy it, you take it out.”
The sale has gone better than expected, Hall said.
“It went fantastic. Working with the Hard Rock group, they’re great people to work with. We’d also like to thank the people of Atlantic City for coming to the sale,” he said.
National Content Liquidators is looking to donate the rest of the furniture to charities.
“If someone came in right now and said they needed something, I would give it to them right away,” Hall said.
The Taj opened in 1990 as the largest casino in the world and the self-dubbed “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It was the city’s highest-grossing casino until Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opened in 2003.
Hard Rock International and investors Joe Jingoli and Jack Morris plan to spend $500 million to renovate and rebrand the property. The project is expected to generate more than 1,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs, according to Hard Rock.
Anyone with questions about the sale or who knows of a charity in need of furniture may call 609-289-2854, Hall said.