The Showboat in Atlantic City is making a comeback, with one major alternation: it will be a hotel, but you won’t be able to gamble there. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein, chief executive of Tower Investments, who bought the Showboat in 2015, now plans to open 852 hotel rooms in two of the Showboat’s towers, making it the largest hotel without a casino in New Jersey, according to Reuters.
The plan as of now is to have the newest incarnation of the Showboat open by July 4, but given the amount of work involved, it may take a little more time. Of the possibility of the Showboat someday going back to being a casino as well, Blatstein said, “all options are open … It’s a remarkable property. I’m very bullish on Atlantic City.”
On the Save Showboat Atlantic City Facebook page, a posting announced a job fair today from 1-5 and that the hotel would be conducting interviews for various positions and “hiring on the spot.”
Some believe the revival of the Showboat will be good for beleaguered Atlantic City, which almost defaulted on its debt payment earlier this year and was saved from bankruptcy by Governor Chris Christie’s recent legislation. Alan Woinski, president of Gaming USA Corp., told Philadelphia Business Journal, “The last thing the city needs is more casino space, but the one bad thing about the casinos closing was that the hotel inventory was decreased. Even though you can still find cheap rooms midweek, they do need more hotel rooms for peak periods such as summer, teachers convention, special events and weekends.”