The Hard Rock Park officially opened with much fanfare in Myrtle Beach in May, but things never quite took off as hoped. Business was slow in early summer. Super-high fuel prices and a lumbering economy slowed things even farther through the fall. By September, things looked bleak.

Owned by HRP Myrtle Beach Holdings LLC, the 140-acre rock-themed amusement park announced plans to file bankruptcy; the park was put up for sale. According to recent reports, park officials have said it will not open in 2009 without a buyer.

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