Atlantic City is gearing up for the unofficial start of the 2022 summer travel season, as casinos prepare to welcome tourists to the seaside resort this Memorial Day Weekend. The transformation of the city continues thanks to citywide redevelopment projects, as well as major capital investments from the Atlantic City casino industry.
Collectively, Atlantic City casinos have invested approximately $1 billion dollars into the marketplace over the past several years. The properties continue to diversify Atlantic City’s offerings, as well as invest hundreds of millions of dollars in redevelopment projects and amenities to attract new visitors.
“We are excited to kick off a strong summer season this Memorial Day Weekend, welcoming visitors to enjoy all our city has to offer, from premier gaming to first-class dining and entertainment,” said Joe Lupo, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. “The casino industry is committed to the future of Atlantic City, and through our combined efforts we are revitalizing this beautiful destination resort.”
“The Atlantic City casino industry is vital to South Jersey’s economy,” said Christina Renna, president & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. “As we continue to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry’s growth and prosperity is more important than ever before. We look forward to an even stronger summer season here in South Jersey, to further stimulate our local and regional economies.”
Key redevelopment projects that are underway and are contributing to the ongoing transformation of the resort destination include:
Stockton University broke ground on Phase II of the Atlantic City Campus, which will feature a residential dormitory expansion. The project is set for completion in 2023. More students living in Atlantic City has proven to diversify and strengthen the local economy.
AtlantiCare is building a new Medical Arts Pavilion in Atlantic City. The $38.3 million, three-story, 69,700-square-foot facility is anticipated to open this fall, increasing access to health care for the community.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) approved an $18.7 million fund to construct a new ShopRite supermarket in Atlantic City. The store will ensure that Atlantic City is no longer a food desert and will provide area residents with high-quality and affordable grocery options.
The Chelsea Economic Development Corporation’s partnership with residents, businesses and community organizations is activating projects, including home buying grants and capital grants for small businesses, to expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in the Chelsea Neighborhood of Atlantic City.
Atlantic Cape Community College is opening a Wind Training Center on its city campus this fall, funded by a nearly $3 million New Jersey Offshore Wind Safety Training Challenge Grant awarded to the college in July 2021. Construction began in the winter. Separately, wind developer Ørsted hopes to start work on a maintenance and operations center in Atlantic City to support its offshore wind projects in the area.
Casino development include:
Bally’s Atlantic City
The grand opening of the all-new Bally’s features 750 newly renovated rooms including suites and penthouses, new slots, a new hotel lobby, Carousel Bar a 360-degree rotating bar, and The Yard – Beers, Eats & Beats. For details, visit www.ballysac.com/renovations.
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Borgata is kicking off the summer season with opening the Beer Garden and Outdoor Pool on Friday, May 27.
Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City
Caesars Atlantic City will partner with acclaimed Chef Gordon Ramsay to open the East Coast’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant; global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality to bring the region’s first Nobu Atlantic City, a restaurant and hotel within Caesars; and show producer Spiegelworld to introduce a brand-new residency arriving in 2023. Most recently, the resort unveiled enhanced rooms and suites offering guests spectacular views and fresh and airy modern designs inspired by the beach.
Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City will open Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay, one of the brand’s first East Coast locations this summer. The restaurant will mark Flay’s return to the Atlantic City market, offering guests throughout the tri-state area and beyond the opportunity to indulge in traditional and unique burgers, fries, and shakes. Additionally, Harrah’s Resort recently debuted renovated rooms and suites in its Atrium Tower infused with rich elements that are fun, lively, and vibrant.
Tropicana Atlantic City will debut 8 of the 14 new dining and entertainment concepts coming to Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s resorts, starting with the recently opened Wild Honey Smokehouse and Tavern, followed by Ossu Japanese Tavern, Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar, and Hash House A Go Go.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City recently opened Signature Liquors, serving as a one stop shop with a variety of liquor selections to meet all our customers’ liquor needs. Signature Liquors is now open Friday through Sunday.
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort has announced over $85 million in property development debuting throughout the summer. Updates include the completion of over 460 hotel rooms and suites (July 1), an innovative new sports and entertainment venue – The Gallery Bar Book & Games (July 1), and multiple new food and beverage outlets including the iconic NYC landmark, Serendipity3 (June 1) and a brand-new Starbucks (summer).