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LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- MGM Mirage closed the Nevada Landing in Jean almost a month earlier than it originally planned.
Company spokesman Gordon Absher said Thursday the small casino ceased operations on March 20 because the vast majority of the property's 300 employees had found new jobs with other MGM Mirage properties.
Almost half of the workers moved across Interstate 15 to the company's Gold Strike casino.
MGM Mirage announced in February it was closing the Nevada Landing as part of master-planning redevelopment of the 166 acres the company owns in Jean, which is 25 miles south of Las Vegas.
MGM Mirage entered a joint venture partnership with two Las Vegas developers to turn the land into a community that features affordable housing, commercial businesses, shops and a new hotel-casino.
The 303-room Nevada Landing, which had been scheduled to close on April 18, will be demolished as part of the undertaking. The casino is surrounded by a chain-link fence and signs direct customers to the Gold Strike.
The company's initial goal was to transfer the workers. While 120 employees took new positions at the 811-room Gold Strike, which is being expanded and renovated, a handful of workers moved several miles south to open positions at the company's three casinos in Primm on the Nevada-California border.
The Primm Valley, Whiskey Pete's and Buffalo Bill's casinos are in the process of being sold to Herbst Gaming for $400 million. The jobs will transfer to the new operator, Absher said.
Other former Nevada Landing workers moved into jobs at other MGM Mirage properties on the Strip.
"There wasn't a single MGM Mirage property in Southern Nevada that didn't pick up a former Nevada Landing worker," Absher said.
Thirty-seven on the Nevada Landing workers, Absher said, chose to accept a severance package, which included being paid through April 18. Four other Nevada Landing employees retired.
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