‘Liquidation sale’: Hundreds line up for pieces of the Taj

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It seemed like the good old days at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal Thursday morning — hundreds gathered outside waiting to get in. And once inside, the lines in front of the cashiers grew long.



Except, those waiting in lines inside the main lobby were clutching not winnings tickets but an assortment of gaudy bric-a-brac — lamps, chairs, paintings, mirrors. Bargains for some, keepsakes for others, all pieces of the shuttered hotel-casino on the Boardwalk that is being emptied out for its next owners and next act.

Thursday marked the start of a 60-day “liquidation sale” at the Taj Mahal. The sale will clear the place of its contents before it’s gutted to make way for a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


Floors 46-50 were open to visitors Thursday, with furniture and other items available for purchase inside each of the rooms. Don Hayes, president of National Content Liquidators, the company overseeing the sale, said other floors would open as those floors are cleared out. He said he expects the sale to last the entire 60 days.

There were also items on sale on the main floor. Everything except anything with the name “Trump” on it. Those things are not being sold.

Even as the sale began just after 10 a.m., hundreds waited outside, anxious for their chance to get inside.





“As you can see, it’s pretty busy,” Hayes said. “And we’re just now getting started.”

Among those who made a purchase was Lapell Chapman, 39, of Atlantic City. He was waiting in line to buy a piece of video equipment that he found in the casino’s poker room.

Chapman said he was intrigued by the liquidation sale, but added that he was looking forward to the Taj’s transformation into a Hard Rock.

“People need jobs,” he said. “As soon as they can finish this project, I think it’ll be good for the city.”
















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