LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – The countdown is on to the grand opening of the SLS resort, which promises to revitalize the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Foot traffic has picked up substantially around the resort, formerly the Sahara, as nearly 3,500 employees report for orientation. It’s a chance for them to better understand the culture of SLS and their role in it.
Brian Reaves, who operates a barber shop across the street from the renovated hotel, says “I think the opening of the SLS is going to bring business back.”
“We have a lot of hotels in this area but this one is like our hotel, right there,” Reaves says.
Business has always been steady at NexLevel barber shop, but after Aug. 23 Reaves is expecting to see a jump. That’s the date the SLS resort opens.
At the new employee orientation, Chrystal Herndon, vice president for human resources, said when the company began hiring, “we purposely looked for people who didn’t need us to script a service for them.”
“They know how to meet a customer and figure out what they want,” Herndon says.
She says the new hotel is being marketed as “approachable luxury.” It features 1,600 rooms and 11 restaurants with celebrity chefs many guests will immediately recognize.
SLS replaces the Sahara, which closed in 2011 after nearly 60 years as an icon on the Strip. Management says special consideration was given to former Sahara employees who wanted to join the new team.
“We had about 100 come back to us,” Herndon says. “And it was emotional for them as they returned back here and watched them see this building and how different it is.”