New hotel announced for Bay Roberts
Developer wants construction to start this summer
Our intention is to be open for next April or May.
Developer Glenn Squires is optimistic his plan to introduce a branded hotel into the Conception Bay North market will be a successful business venture.
The CEO of Pacrim Hospitality Services has signed a 20-year deal to develop 40 Red Roof Inn properties in Canada. The first four will be built in Atlantic Canada, including two in Newfoundland and Labrador — one in Grand Falls-Windsor and the other in Bay Roberts.
According to Squires, land and construction costs in urban markets have become somewhat cost-prohibitive, but that’s not the case in places like Bay Roberts. As a Nova Scotia based developer who was born and raised in Newfoundland, Squires also feel comfortable starting out in markets he’s already plenty familiar with. His grandmother’s family was originally from the Bay Roberts area.
“We want to build the first few properties close to home so that we can be close to them and find out what really works well and where we need to make adjustments,” he said. “All of these markets are distribution centres or regional centres, to an extent, that have minimal branded or actual hotel inventory.”
The hotel in Bay Roberts will feature 61 rooms and create approximately 20 jobs. A restaurant included in the hotel development could generate another 2025 positions, according to Squires.
Discussions between Squires and town officials have been ongoing for a number of years. He told The Compass last week there is a preferred location in mind, though he is still looking at others in the meantime. If all goes according to plan with obtaining the necessary permits, Squires hopes to see construction start in July or August.
“Our intention is to be open for next April or May,” he said.
The mayor of Bay Roberts was very pleased to hear last week’s news.
“I think it’s not only exciting news for the town of Bay Roberts, but it’s also exciting news for the CBN area,” Mayor Philip Wood told The Compass Tuesday, noting it should increase the number of available hotel rooms in the community to 100. There are already two hotels operating in Bay Roberts — Bay Roberts Hotel and the Silverwood Inn Hotel.
“We were supposed to have a government meeting here, for example,” Wood said. “It went from 20 rooms to 60 rooms … It’s now gone to Port aux Basques.”
His thoughts were echoed by Lorraine Brown, executive director of the Mariners Resource Opportunities Network, a group dedicated to spurring economic development in the Baccalieu Trail area.
“I guess the big thing is being able to attract larger events. The more accommodations you have, the more chance for larger sporting events, larger meetings,” she said.
“Bay Roberts is only a hop, skip and a jump from Carbonear; it’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the Whitbourne area. So we see it as a bonus with respect to bringing in larger events.”
There are approximately 400 Red Roof properties in the United States, employing over 4,500 workers.
Squires has a 50 per cent interest in a partnership with Chinese investors to form Canada China Culture Hospitality Development Inc. to fund the hotel project.
Two years ago, Pacrim Hospitality Services expressed interest in setting up a hotel in the Placentia-Argentia area. Squires told The Telegram that offshore activity would dictate the need for accommodations there.