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Press Release 1
Press Release 2 Murfeesboro Grand Opening
Press Release 3 from Chas Business Journal



MURFREESBORO, TENN. - The new Hampton Inn & Suites located at 325 North Thompson Lane is now officially open and serving guests.

The $10-million, four-story hotel is Hampton's latest prototype design and features 101 deluxe guest rooms, 28 of which are executive studio suites.

A forty-year veteran of the hotel industry, Hospitality Investment Services, LLC, of Memphis, Tenn., has developed the new property for the ownership group, Host Murfreesboro, LLC, which is made up of investors from Memphis, Destin, Fla., and Asheville, N.C.

"We saw a need to build what we believe will be the premiere select-service hotel in the area," says Bryan Nearn, managing partner of Host Murfreesboro, LLC. "Murfreesboro is one of the fastest developing markets in the country, with phenomenal growth in the business, university, retail and tourism sectors, which will only be aided by the recent completion of I-840 from Franklin to Lebanon and the soon-to-be-completed Murfreesboro conference center."

The brick-and-EIFS-veneer building was designed by architects Bounds & Gillespie of Memphis, Tenn., and constructed by Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC of Memphis, Tenn.  Ann Snell, head designer with Ann Stewart Company, and Jerry Corder with Hospitality Contract Services (both also from Memphis, Tenn.,) supplied the furniture, fixtures and equipment for the whole hotel, while Clint Hester with SouthBranch Nursery, Inc., located in Murfreesboro, Tenn., furnished all the landscaping.

The "official" opening will occur on the morning of June 7.  A ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for the morning of June 14, with local dignitaries present, including Mayor Tommy Bragg who will ceremoniously cut the ribbon. Owners will award door prizes for stays at hotels around the country and gift certificates to local restaurants. In appreciation to the Murfreesboro community, the Hampton Inn & Suites will make a generous donation to a local Murfreesboro charity, Special Kids.  An invitation-only grand opening celebration will be held the evening of June 14.

The Hampton Inn & Suites is the first hotel in Murfreesboro to offer High-Definition televisions in all guest rooms. In addition, the pet-friendly hotel features a hot breakfast, high-speed internet service, and state-of-the-art meeting rooms adjacent to the patio, heated swimming pool, and professionally landscaped gardens, ideal for meetings and receptions. The executive studio suites include wet bars, microwaves and refrigerators, as well as cozy seating areas.

"Our new hotel is absolutely fabulous!" says General Manager Sandra Miller. "The eclectic decor and surroundings are very elegant. Guests can expect to have a clean, comfortable room, great breakfast experience, and energetic and helpful staff."

Miller has been employed by MountainTop Management for more than six years as the general manager of the Baymont Inn & Suites on Armory Drive, formerly the Hampton Inn. The inn on Armory Drive became a part of the Baymont franchise system on March 1 to prepare for today's opening of the new Hampton Inn & Suites.

MountainTop Management will operate the new Hampton Inn & Suites and will continue to operate the Baymont Inn & Suites. Tim Rice, president of MountainTop Management, is optimistic about the future of both hotels: "We've always been the market leader in Murfreesboro, through the use of yield and revenue management, and an aggressive and innovative sales and marketing plan. We expect that success will continue and even improve with this new product on the market."  

Gary Koester, who served as lead developer for Hospitality Investment Services, LLC, adds:  "Working with quality architects, contractors, designers and vendors, as well as knowledgeable hotel staff, has made the overall development of the project a real pleasure.  It has been rewarding to observe the project take shape from groundbreaking just one year ago to completion, with the initial scope being ‘on time and on budget.'"

MountainTop Management, based out of Memphis, is listed as one of the "Top 100" hotel management companies in the country, according to Hotel Management magazine. In addition to managing the Baymont Inn & Suites and the Hampton Inn & Suites in Murfreesboro, MountainTop Management also manages the Hampton Inn & Suites in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Holiday Inn East - Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, N.C., and the Best Western - Downtown Charleston, S.C.

The principals of Hospitality Investment Services, LLC, parent company of MountainTop Management, LLC, are Bryan Nearn, CEO, and Gary Koester, CFO, both of Memphis, and Tim Rice, President and COO, of Asheville, NC.  The home office is located at 5341 Estate Office Drive, Suite # 3, Memphis, Tenn., 901-684-1234. In addition to developing and operating hotels, they are involved in hotel brokerage and hotel consultation.  (See www.mountaintopmanagement.com for further information.  For more information on other Hampton Inn & Suites properties, please go to the Hilton website at www.hilton.com and click on the tab "My Favorite Hotels.")

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