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Business Beat: Local hotel under new ownership

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A Craig hotel is now operating under new ownership.

Holiday Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, is part of the portfolio of GF Management, based out of Philadelphia.

Renee Campbell, director of sales and marketing for Holiday Inn, said the staff learned of the change in ownership in September.

“They were originally supposed to take over Oct. 19, but it got pushed back to Nov. 23, that was their first day here,” she said.

Campbell said the change is barely discernible for guests, since GF has yet to make alterations.

“If you didn’t know that we were under new ownership, you wouldn’t know the difference,” she said.

She added that she has had to correct rumors circulating about the hotel’s future.

“I’ve constantly heard people saying, ‘Oh, you’re not going to be a Holiday Inn anymore,’ or ‘You’re going to be a Super 8 or a Days Inn,’” she said. “People in Grand Junction have even asked if we’re going to cater just to people in the oil and gas industry.

“Absolutely none of that is true, and there’s no plans to change the Holiday Inn flag.”

Campbell said the firm wants to keep things about the same at the property with a few cosmetic upgrades.

“They’re already starting to put money into the property, and we’re going to be doing things like flat-screen TVs and new carpet and redoing the parking lot, so that’s real positive,” Campbell said. “It’s business as usual with some awesome new improvements.”

Store updates sign, prepares for holidays

In the fashion world, keeping up with appearances is a must, which is why one local women’s clothing outlet has new looks inside and out.

Maurices, 1111 W. Victory Way, Ste. 133, replaced in late November its well-known outside sign with one more fitting with the chain’s style.

Manager Rose Lindquist said the suggestion to make the change came from her regional manager.

“She thought that we had such a great store, but we had such an old sign that we needed to update,” Lindquist said. “It’s been up since this spot opened here, but Maurices changed their look a few years ago, so now it’s their current color, logo, font, everything.”

Besides moving to a lower case green lettering from the all-caps font in black, red and white — which still hangs above the store’s inside entrance — the outdoor sign’s electrical system has been replaced.

“The lights will work now, so people will be able to tell from the street when we’re open,” Lindquist said.

Inside, a yuletide décor greets customers ready for the holiday season. The store’s theme is “Peace, Love and Christmas.”

“We have a lot of casual and dressy merchandise, stuff for holiday parties, pajamas special for the holidays and lots of gifts,” Lindquist said. “We’re already starting to see a lot of our Christmas shoppers.”

The line of apparel, fragrances and accessories from “Project Runway” designer Christopher Straub recently added to Maurices across the country is joined by the plush puppy, Cooper the beagle.

“We sell these every Christmas, it’s a different dog every year,” Lindquist said. It’s a great stocking-stuffer and he comes with a ‘Be Amazing’ bracelet on his neck.”

The stuffed animal sells for $6, with a portion going toward the American Cancer Society.

Another incentive for shoppers is an extension of weekday store hours from Dec. 12 to Dec. 23, closing at 8 p.m. instead of the usual 7 p.m.

For more information on Maurices’ inventory and deals, call 824-7393.

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