Microtel Set To Open Today At The Highlands

TRIADELPHIA – While a new Microtel Inn & Suites at The Highlands is scheduled to open for business today, another hotel – Hampton Inn & Suites – also is being developed at the retail center.

Chris Chesebrough, vice president of Hospitality Operations at Century Equities, the sister company of the Microtel developer Highlands Hospitality LLC, said the hotel already has hired 18 people and is looking to hire two more to have a complete staff of 20.

“We’re very excited. We have employees from the Wheeling area and Ohio. Most of our crew is from the Wheeling area,” Chesebrough said.

Some rooms already have been booked for later this week. And while the hotel officially opens for business today, Chesebrough noted there are a few final details left to complete at the site. A grand opening celebration likely will be held in August.

The Ohio County Development Authority, which is the Ohio County Commission’s development arm, sold the site to Century Equities for construction of the hotel.

County officials said the hotel will be used by people traveling along Interstate 70, those visiting Cabela’s and out-of-state gas drilling employees working in the region.

“There are no gas workers yet. I’m sure we’ll get our fair share,” he said.

The OCDA recently announced another land sale to a company that plans to construct a Hampton Inn & Suites. It will be located on a flat piece of land situated behind the Bob Evans Restaurant.

According to a sign at the site, the developer and manager of the project is Gateway Hospitality Group of Twinsburg, Ohio, and it is expected to open this winter.