Premier Inn looking for hotel sites in Bolton
THE country’s biggest hotel chain says it wants to invest in Bolton.
Premier Inn said it has identified Bolton as a “target town” and is “actively looking” for potential sites.
The Bolton News reported yesterday how the old Odeon site, in Ashburner Street, and land near to the new Transport Interchange had been earmarked for a possible new hotel, with a mystery developer in talks with Bolton Council.
Premier Inn said it currently has no plans to take over the sites, but said it does want to add Bolton to its portfolio in the future.
John Bates, head of acquisitions for Premier Inn UK and Ireland, said: “We’re growing Premier Inn across the UK in line with strong customer demand for the quality, value and consistency that we offer our customers.
“We have expansion plans right across the North West, and Bolton is a town where we would certainly like to invest in the future.
“We don’t have any committed plans at the moment, but are actively looking for the right opportunity.”
The budget chain is the UK’s largest hotel brand, with more than 650 hotels around the country.
Owned by Whitbread, the firm originally opened under the Travel Inn brand in 1987.
Council chiefs are in negotiations with an as yet unnamed chain about running a new town-centre establishment.
The move is part of efforts to regenerate the town centre, which also include investing almost £1.5 million in streets, a £4.5 million refurbishment of Bolton Market and the £45 million new transport interchange.
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