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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Newly Opened Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Photo by Scott McCloskey – Participating in the official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the newly opened Holiday Inn Express & Suites constructed on an 11-acre parcel of property in Moundsville are from left: Scott Reager, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, Moundsville Councilman Phil Remke, Moundsville Mayor David Wood, Michael Koker, regional director of Operations for MPH Hotels, Terra Edwards, general manager for the Moundsville Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Aimee Vavrek, hotel sales manager, Rick Healy, Moundsville city manager, and Craig White, Moundsville CVB director.

MOUNDSVILLE – Marshall County officials participated in the official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for the nearly $17 million Holiday Inn Express & Suites constructed on two acres of an 11-acre parcel of property in Moundsville.

Michael Koker, regional director of Operations for MPH Hotels, welcomed guests to the ribbon cutting and said MPH hopes to host a bigger grand opening for the local community “when it’s time appropriate.”

Terra Edwards, general manager for the Moundsville Holiday Inn Express & Suites, thanked everyone involved with making the hotel development possible.

“Thank you, it’s been a long journey. MPH (Hotels) has had a personal attachment here. They have been working diligently for years to get it up and running,” Edwards commented.

She added that what was once a vision has now come true for the Moundsville community.

Some of the many amenities in the 123-room hotel include: a lounge and breakfast area, which includes a complimentary breakfast buffet for guests, an indoor swimming pool and spa, an outdoor patio with grill and fire pit, complimentary WiFi, an on-site board room, and 24-hour fitness and business centers.

Located between the Kroger Plaza and Teletech Drive near W.Va. Route 2 and the Moundsville Bridge, the hotel is expected to be the first of several future developments that have been years in the planning at that location, according to Moundsville Councilman Phil Remke. He said other developments he hopes to assist in attracting to the 11-acre site include an additional hotel, a few restaurants and possibly a professional building.

“Today’s a great day, because we got it opened up,” Remeke commented following the ribbon cutting. “When we get it done, I’m hoping it will be like a $50 million project,” Remke added. “And this is just the start of many good things that’s happening in Moundsville,” he added.

During the groundbreaking ceremony for the hotel in May of 2019, MPH Hotels President Michael P. Holtz, a Shadyside native, said he is also hopeful two to three restaurants will eventually be constructed on the corner lot. He said he expects $40 to $45 million of investment to take place on what was once a piece of vacant land. Holtz said in addition to hundreds of temporary construction jobs, he expects the entire development to eventually create “200 to 250” permanent full-time jobs for the area.

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