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“When we’re done, everything will be gone,” said Don Hayes, the firm’s president.

The property on the north end of the Strip is in the same neighborhood as older casinos like Circus Circus and the Riviera, as well as high-profile multibillion-dollar projects that have been stalled indefinitely, including the Fontainebleau and Echelon.

Steve Stevens, 90, who was shopping with friend Cathy Wyand to help furnish her new farmhouse in Castle Rock, Wash., said it seemed clear in recent years that the Sahara would eventually close.

“Everything changes in this town _ fast,” he said.

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