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Bankruptcy Over, Trump Plaza Now Able to Vacuum Guest Rooms Every Day

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 6th January 2006 9:38am
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For want of a vacuum cleaner, the guest room carpets at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino stayed dirty.

For want of a dollar, Trump Taj Mahal couldn't add a hotel tower like its competitors did.

For want of a little novelty, slot players at Trump Marina took their coin cups next door to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

But luck is turning for Donald Trump's casino company, which emerged from bankruptcy last spring and is aggressively trying to make up lost ground. With new management in place and money to spend, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. is getting its houses in order _ renovating rooms, adding restaurants and spending money on employee cafeterias and new uniforms.

Skimping on upkeep and unable to pay for upgrades, the Trump casinos scraped by at a time when other Atlantic City casinos were building new hotel towers, opening new restaurants and sprucing up their entertainment lineups to woo customers.

At the Plaza, the red ink made for dirty carpets. Housekeepers had to make do with 45 vacuum cleaners for the 904-room casino hotel and vacuumed rooms every other day instead of daily because there weren't enough, company officials said.

The Chapter 11 reorganization slashed the company's debt, reduced interest payments on it by $102 million a year and provided for a $500 million line of credit. It also provided for changes at the top. Trump, the New York real estate mogul and star of television's "The Apprentice," ceded majority control to bondholders and gave up his job as CEO.



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