When news first broke that Hard Rock Casino planned to operate a gas station and car wash next door to the newly opened casino, my first thought was why is a casino trying to get into the gas and convenience store business?

Now, as the Hard Rock announces the grand opening of their "Rocktane Gas & Wash," the car wash is slated to open at a later date, the moves makes more sense to me.

First of all, it is needed. Uptown Atlantic City doesn't have a modern gas and convenience station and with thousands of additional gamblers' cars coming every day, it should serve a real need while doing a good business.

Secondly, it shows a commitment to its neighborhood, uptown Atlantic City, which has been virtually ignored since the closing of the Taj Mahal and Revel several years ago.

So, now you have a new, clean place to gas up and grab a coffee when you're uptown and thanks to Hard Rock.

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