Quality Inn opening expected April 5

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 05:36 PM

Choice Hotels International is expected to officially open a Quality Inn on Parham Road by April 5.

On Thursday the building passed inspection receiving a certificate of occupancy, and currently have 40 rooms available for lodging.

“We have completely refinished the first 40 rooms and the next 40 are being painted,” said Anjali Koul, property owner. “We got approved by Quality Inn people, so we passed inspection.”

Koul and her husband Vijay Koul of Charlotte closed on the property on Dec. 20, 2012. Renovations began shortly after the first of the year.

Christine Howard, who lives in Vance County, has been hired as the hotel’s manager. She says the official grand opening of the hotel is expected for April 5.

“We’re just waiting for our fire lines to be hooked up so we can officially open as a Choice Hotel,” Howard said.

Choice Hotels International, which owns Quality Inn, is one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world. Choice currently franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 499,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 countries and territories.
Amenities at the hotel will include, among other things, an attached restaurant expected to open on April 1.

According to Howard, Kristian Bawcom, owner of Four Corners Restaurant, in Chapel Hill will own and operate the new restaurant called Boondocks.

Other amenities at the Quality Inn will include a pool, a banquet room available for public rent, battery hook-ups for boats, and extensive parking for boat trailers and tractor trailers. A workout room is expected to be added during the second phase of hotel renovations.

“There is not a workout room,” Howard said. “That will be down the road in our second phase of renovations.
“Our pool will open in June.”

Upon completed renovation of the hotel, 80 rooms will be available for Henderson tourists.

During last December’s meeting of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission, plans for the hotel’s renovation were announced.

Nancy Wilson, Vance County’s tourism director, expressed her gratefulness for the additional rooms, now available for tournament fishing season on Kerr Lake.

“We’re glad to have it opened back up,” Wilson said. “The fishing tournament people love that property because of the big parking lot. We need those rooms.”

Contact the writer at amauser@hendersondispatch.com.