Cambria Suites Expands Into North Dakota
Groundbreaking marks brand's first franchised property in the state as
construction begins in booming city of West Fargo
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 27, 2013
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Choice Hotels International,
Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, and KAJ
Hospitality today celebrate the groundbreaking of a new four-story, 103-room
hotel, which will be connected to the future 15,000-square-foot conference
center in West Fargo, one of North Dakota's fastest growing communities. KAJ
Hospitality, led by the father and son development, ownership and management
team of Kevin and Aaron Johnson, has corporate offices in Sioux Falls, S.D.,
Mitchell, S.D. and Wichita, Kansas, and will be the owner/developer of both
greatly anticipated real estate development projects.
"Cambria Suites is experiencing impressive expansion throughout the country
because Cambria Suites hotels meet the demand for stylish, upscale hotels
offering tremendous value," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of
upscale brands for Choice Hotels International. "Right now, West Fargo is
seeing tremendous economic growth and that's attracting major companies and
the region's top talent. So a hotel which understands what these businesses
and travelers need is essential."
North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the United States, developing at
nearly three times the national rate. The city of West Fargo reflects that
momentum. In 2012, the city issued 480% more commercial building permits than
the previous year. Further, last year's city-wide growth rate was 72.9%.
The hotel and convention center project represents an estimated investment of
more than $17 million and approximately 325 jobs to the greater West Fargo
area. The Cambria Suites West Fargo will be the emerging upscale brand's first
North Dakota property and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014 at 19th
Ave. East and Beaton Drive.
"We are proud to bring extensive marketplace knowledge and first-hand
experience as a hotel operator in greater West Fargo to this new Cambria
Suites hotel," said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer of
KAJ Hospitality. "For years, there has been a need in West Fargo for a
mixed-use conference center space such as what we will now develop. With
Cambria Suites as the hotel anchor of our conference center, we are filling an
important need for this rapidly expanding city. And we are confident we have
the perfect combination to achieve great success as a business as well as
members of the West Fargo community."
Building on solid development momentum, the Cambria Suites brand made hotel
history by holding ground breaking ceremonies for three hotel projects in the
New York market within 24 hours last December, combining an approximate $141
million investment and the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs. Since then, the
brand has commenced construction nearby the Washington, D.C. Convention
Center, just outside Dallas, Texas and announced major development agreements
in other cities as well as a joint venture with its first institutional
investor, Fillmore Capital Partners and its affiliates, to develop multiple
Cambria Suites properties. Cambria Suites Miami is scheduled to open this
The West Fargo hotel will deliver the consistently high level of style at an
equally attractive price guests have come to count on with this brand. All
Cambria Suites hotels are new-construction and the brand leads the rest of the
upscale lodging segment in guest satisfaction scores as measured by guests'
likelihood to recommend (LTR). As of today, many Cambria Suites hotels are
ranked #1 and #2 in their respective markets on TripAdvisor.
Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than just a
place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a more
social atmosphere, spacious all-suite rooms that include separate areas to
work and rest, providing business and leisure travelers room to relax,
socialize and network.
All Cambria Suites hotels feature Reflect, a casual dining and gathering area
serving a dinner menu, liquor, wine, beer, freshly prepared grab-and-go
gourmet salads and sandwiches, a barista bar featuring Wolfgang Puck® coffee
and a hot breakfast buffet; Refresh, a state-of-the-art fitness center with an
elegant pool and hot tub/spa area; and Refill, a 24-7 convenience store that
offers energy drinks, snacks and sundries.
In addition, each suite offers the latest technology, including two
flat-screen LCD televisions and MediaHub™ plug-and-play technology, allowing
guests to connect their laptop, MP3 player, game console, digital camera or
CD/DVD player hassle-free. Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access
is available throughout the hotel so that guests can stay connected.
About Cambria Suites
Cambria Suites offers contemporary, upscale accommodations at affordable
prices. Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than
just a place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a
more social atmosphere, all-suite rooms that are larger than standard hotel
rooms and include a separate living, working and sleeping space, providing
business and leisure travelers a haven to relax, socialize and network. As
ofMarch 31, 2013, there were 19 properties open across the country,
representing nearly 2200 guest suites, and 26 properties in various stages of
development, representing an additional 3700 guest suites.
Choice Hotels International, Inc.franchises over 6,200 hotels, representing
more than 500,000 rooms, inthe United Statesand more than 30 other countries
and territories. As ofMarch 31, 2013, 395 hotels, representing more than
30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for
development in the United States. Additionally, 81 hotels, representing
approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or
approved for development in more than 20 other countries and territories. The
company'sComfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality,Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria
Suites, MainStay Suites,Suburban Extended Stay Hotel,Econo Lodgeand Rodeway
Inn brands, as well as itsAscend Hotel Collectionmembership program, serve
Additional corporate information may be found on theChoice Hotels
International, Inc.website, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
About KAJ Hospitality
Founded in 1993 by President and CEO Kevin Johnson; family owned KAJ
Hospitality has transformed from a single hotel company in South Dakota into a
multi-unit hospitality development and management company throughout the
Midwest. KAJ's current footprint includes hotels already owned and projects in
planning or under development in Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, Omaha, NE &
Wichita, KS. KAJ is keenly focused on development and management in the
select service and upscale segments of the hotel industry. Over the course of
the past year KAJ has made a concerted effort to move into these segments and
cluster our properties together in the same markets to maximize efficiencies
and economies of scale.For more information go to www.kajhospitality.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites,
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel
Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels
© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.
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