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Ground broken for new 90-room motel in South Hill

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Pictured: South Hill Public Works Director Bill Wilson, Council member Leroy Sasser, South Hill Chamber of Commerce Director Frank Malone, Gary Pfund, senior manager with Intercontinental Hotel Group, council members Millie Bracey and Delores Luster, Vice President of Real Estate and Development with Love’s Travel Plaza Rick Shuffield, Council member Mike Moody, South Hill Mayor Earl Horne, Town Manager Kim Callis and council member Lisa Jordan. (Lisa Clary Photo)
SoVaNow.com / June 01, 2016

The Town of South Hill will soon be home to a new motel, a Holiday Inn Express.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday at the new location next to Love’s Travel Plaza on U.S. 1 near exit 15 on Interstate 85.

The new Holiday Inn Express will have 90 rooms, bringing the total number of hotel rooms available in South Hill up to nearly 600.

South Hill Mayor Earl Horne said he envisioned having a hotel at the site since the opening of Love’s Travel Plaza in 2012. Now, with the construction of the new VCU Community Memorial Hospital nearby, he was glad to see his vision take place.

“The area is growing, and will prove to be a busy intersection with the new hospital and travel center” drawing visitors and business travelers from I-85, said Horne.

Rick Shuffield, vice president of real estate and development of Love’s, thanked the town for its efforts helping to bring a hotel to the area. “It takes a team to make things happen,” he said.

Shuffield added that Love’s has had a great relationship with the Town of South Hill since the travel plaza opened, and he has been very pleased with its success.

Construction is being overseen by Intercontinental Hotel Group, and is set to be completed in late 2017.

Gary Pfund, a senior manager with Intercontinental Hotel Group, called the new hotel “a home run for all concerned.” Horne said the town looks forward to the number of jobs and visitors the hotel will bring to South Hill.

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