Mirage Las Vegas closing in July for Hard Rock rebranding

Mirage Las Vegas closing in July for Hard Rock rebranding
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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip will close on Wednesday, July 17, as it prepares for renovations and rebranding as a Hard Rock International property.

A spokesperson for Hard Rock International confirmed Wednesday that employees were informed of the closing date. The resort website says reopening is targeted for spring of 2027, meaning the closure would be just shy of three years.

"We'd like to thank the Las Vegas community and team members for warmly welcoming Hard Rock after enjoying 34 years at The Mirage," Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, said in a statement.

For Mirage employees, Joe Lupo, president of The Mirage, said Hard Rock will host hiring events with other employers in the Las Vegas valley over the coming months. Eligible union and non-union employees remaining with the property through July 17 will be able to receive about $80 million in severance packages as well.

The Culinary Union said workers will have the option to get a service recognition bonus of $2,000 for every year of work, plus six months of pension and health benefits. They can also take a lesser amount while maintaining seniority rights for the duration of the closure and three years of recall rights.

Those who retain their seniority and recall rights will have the right of first access to available job openings once Hard Rock Las Vegas opens and placement into other jobs as available.

"Culinary Union will continue to ensure workers are protected and centered in the property’s future," the union said in a statement.

Hard Rock says they expect to double the current number of jobs at The Mirage once the newly refurbished resort opens.

Guests with room reservations or show tickets beyond July 14 will be automatically canceled and refunded.

Hard Rock purchased operations for The Mirage from MGM Resorts in 2022 with plans to overhaul the entire resort and rebrand it. Those plans include replacing the Mirage volcano with a new 700-foot-tall, guitar-shaped hotel tower.

In a news release, the company said it will rename the property Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Guitar Hotel Las Vegas.

Executives with Hard Rock were previously non-committal regarding a full closure of the property, that there were no imminent plans to cease operations.

A closure appeared more likely that "The Beatles: LOVE" would end its run at the resort on July 7.

In addition to the new hotel tower, Hard Rock said it plans to completely overhaul all existing hotel rooms and rebuild the landscaping.