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Chain's newest planned hotel to fill key Trans Canada gap

Posted by Adam in Travel, 7/7, 11:08 PM

With one new Westman hotel nicely into its first summer and one Eastern Saskatchewan development just days away from opening, an ambitious prairie developer has its eyes set on a visible location adjacent a popular Trans Canada Highway stop for its next development. 

Steel Creek Developers recently installed signage beside Austin’s Trans Canada Highway Co-op gas bar and Subway foreshadowing an upcoming hotel under the recently created “Blue Crescent Hotels” brand at the location. The site may be commonly known to many locals as JJ’s for the previous name for the popular highway stop about 45 minutes East of Brandon. 

According to Steel Creek’s Trevor Rempel, plans are for construction of a hotel similar to the recently opened Blue Crescent Hotel in Rivers. Though exact specifics of the intended Austin construction are still forthcoming, Rivers features 30 guest rooms across various sizes and configurations as well as continental breakfast, fitness and meeting rooms. 

When built, the hotel would offer lodging on a stretch of Highway 1 between Brandon and Portage la Prairie that includes only the 12-room Robins Nest Motel near Carberry. 

Blue Crescent Rivers opened its doors to guests in January after rapid assembly of its pre-constructed modules in a matter of days turned vacant land in the town into the three-storey structure. According to Rempel, despite what would normally be a challenging environment in the accommodation industry the new hotel has seen brisk business since it’s opening thanks in no small part to railway-related clientele. 


The service road on the North side of the Trans Canada that currently gives travellers access to Co-op Gas Bar/Subway

Steel Creek's Rivers hotel, the first to carry the Blue Crescent name

Steel Creek is currently putting the finishing touches on a combined hotel/adult apartment development in Grenfell, Saskatchewan. That hotel, which will be the second to operate under the Blue Crescent brand, is slated for opening this coming Monday. 

The same developer also has an active adult apartment development in the works in Melita with a targeted September opening. Also on its resume is a combined hotel/active adult living development in Souris. 

Further details are expected in a forthcoming announcement as it pertains to the planned Austin development as it secures final investors necessary to move forward. 

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