The city’s most visible construction project has seen steady progress through the fall and into the winter months as a Holiday Inn Express in-waiting on 19th Street works towards anticipated completion in the months ahead.
At its current state, the 116 room 6-storey hotel is seeing stucco work taking place on its exterior as work progresses in sections under tarps through the process of heating and hoarding according to Jeff Krivoshen, Chief Operating Officer of PR Hotels. On the inside, rough-ins have been completed for electrical and plumbing with drywall efforts underway.
On the present schedule it is expected that a substantial portion of construction will be complete by April, which would then allow efforts to progress to furnishing and staff training. On that timeline it’s expected that the hotel would open its doors by June. In preparation for that opening, advertising will begin next month for senior management positions including General Manager, Director of Sales, Executive Housekeeper, Guest Services Manager and Maintenance Manger.
Work on the hotel on Tuesday afternoon
Lobby/entrance to Kelowna Holiday Inn Express, which used the same design planned for Brandon (submitted)
A King Suite in the Kelowna Holiday Inn Express, which used the same design planned for Brandon (submitted)
In the more immediate term, in anticipation of its planned opening the hotel expects to begin pre-selling room bookings by the end of January across its room types that are to include Standard King, Two Queen, Upgraded King Suite and Wheelchair Accessible.
Construction on the 19th street-facing Holiday Express began last winter following the 2018 demolition of the Western Motel, which had been located at the site just across from the Keystone Centre previously.
Saskatoon-based PR Hotels currently operates nine hotels, with Brandon being the tenth in waiting. The local hotel is based on the same design used in a Holiday Inn Express opened by PR in the summer of 2018 in Kelowna, BC. PR opened its first hotel, a Holiday Inn Express in Saskatoon, in 2000. An eleventh, a Marriott, is under construction in Arizona and is expected to open later in 2020.