Hard Rock Shows Renewed Interest in Atlantic City Casino Ownership
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission will hold a special meeting this Thursday to consider preliminary approval for Hard Rock, the hospitality brand owned by Florida's Seminole tribe, to own a casino in Atlantic City, according to press reports. The company has applied for a statement of compliance, a preliminary step in becoming licensed to own a casino in New Jersey. In a regulatory filing, Hard Rock said it has had "a long-standing interest" in the Atlantic City market and "remains interested in the Atlantic City casino industry and may, if found qualified, engage in a business or activity that would require the issuance of a casino license. The issuance of a statement of compliance to Hard Rock Atlantic City will enable it to act quickly if an appropriate investment opportunity arises in the Atlantic City casino market." Hard Rock has previously filed papers with the casino control commission, most recently last March, but has not acted upon them.