CityCenter raises fears, optimism
On Saturday, I walked from Mandalay Bay to the Wynn, interviewing employees at hotels -- people who work on their feet -- asking them an open-ended question: "What do you think of CityCenter?" Every worker expressed hope that the MGM Mirage-owned property, which opens its first hotel, Vdara, on Tuesday, succeeds. "None of us can afford to think anything else" during hard times, said a worker in a high-end, Harrah's-based retail store. But quite a few workers worry CityCenter "overhired" 10,000 to 12,000 employees and could end up laying off as many as 4,000 people once CityCenter gets rolling. "That's what every place does" when a new property opens, a cocktail server said. "They overhire."