My Place Hotels Debuts in Arizona

Main Photo: The My Place hotel at Phoenix/Avondale

Date: April 2020

Location: Phoenix/Avondale, Arizona, USA

Name: My Place Hotel – West Phoenix/Avondale

No. of Keys: 63

Seller: TBA

Buyer: My Place Hotels debuted in its 26th state, Arizona. MP Avondale developed the My Place Hotel-West Phoenix/Avondale, Haydon Building Corp. built it and Venerts Hotel Management operates it.

The hotel is located next to the American Sports Center-Avondale and is less than four minutes away from the Phoenix Raceway, home of the NASCAR Championship Weekend. Other nearby attractions include State Farm Stadium, Gila River Casino and Luke Air Force Base. The hotel features an exercise room and an outdoor pool.

“We will be in a fantastic position to serve leisure travellers once the many events nearby begin re-scheduling but opening up to serve the community of first responders and other essential travellers right here and right now is top priority,” Jim McDonald, owner of MP Avondale, said in a statement. “With kitchens and everything they need in the comfort of their own room, I could not think of a better place for anyone who needs clean, comfortable and flexible lodging.”

“We are super excited to open Arizona’s first My Place Hotel while showcasing the brand’s latest Generation 2 guestrooms,” Connie Ward, director of operations at Venerts, said in a statement. “Avondale was an ideal location to open a My Place Hotel in based on the needs of the town currently. With many construction projects in progress and all of the sporting events in town, My Place is the right product to fill a need that the area currently lacks.”

The team behind My Place Hotels of America has been involved in the hotel business for 40 years. The co-founder and chairman, Ron Rivett co-founded Super 8 Motels Inc. in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974, along with long-time friend Dennis Brown. After selling the Super 8 Motel system in 1993, to HFS – Hospitality Franchise Systems, for US$125m, Ron remained in the hotel business developing, building, and operating Super 8 Motels and other branded properties as a franchisee until 2011.

On the heels of economic recession, it became apparent to Ron that the original Super 8 philosophy of a ‘clean, comfortable room for a few bucks less than the guy next door’ was more relevant than ever. This time however, it would be different. In order to meet the needs of today’s individuals, families, workers, and business travellers, My Place Hotels would be well-suited to both short and long-term stays. Offering modern amenities at an affordable price is My Place Hotels of America’s vision.

In February, 2012 the first My Place hotel opened for business in Dickinson, ND and began what would become a two-year proof of concept period, wherein the founders of My Place Hotels would develop, build, supply, open and operate 5 My Place hotels.

Locations include the energy development driven North Dakota markets of Dickinson, Minot, and Bismarck, the heavily travelled intersection of interstates 80 and 25 at Cheyenne, WY and the dual seasoned, demographically diverse vacation market of Bozeman, MT.

Fast forward to January 2014 My Place Hotels were rapidly growing a concept into a reality. Proving that the My Place concept works in various markets behind them, They set off to embark on the next phase, whereby My Place Hotels currently has 55 hotels open with more than 120 in the pipeline.

THPT Comment: Delighted to see another hotel opening during these troubled times…120 in the pipeline – wow! Nothing like an old dog to learn new tricks!

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