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Golden Phoenix Reno Closed

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 16th November 2005 9:45am
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The Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino and Resort has joined the Flamingo Reno as a chapter in Reno's gambling history, closing ahead of schedule to allow employees to find new work and construction to begin on a condominium conversion.

The hotel and main casino quietly closed Monday, with officials locking the doors, turning out the lights and sending would-be bettors to the Phoenix's small, Virginia Street casino, which will remain open.

"We did not have the staff to continue operating," said Ally Visram, chief operating officer for Golden Phoenix owner Vista Hospitality Co. He previously planned to operate until Dec. 6. before closing so the main building could be converted to condos, but many employees left after learning of the plans.

"I wanted people to go and look for other great jobs and not drag this thing out," Visram said. Some employees still are with the company, but will work their last day soon, resulting in 400 jobs lost, he said. They will be paid through Dec. 6, Visram said. About 50 will stay to work the Virginia Street casino that connects to the main building via a sky bridge.



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