Inn for the Alley

An earlier cost estimate of $16 million to $18 million remains accurate, she said. Based in Edmonton, Zainul & Shazma Holdings owns and operates Holiday Inn Express hotels in Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Hinton and Edson

Pile drivers are working on the 2.64 acre site of what will be a new full-service Holiday Inn located next to Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson on the east side of Hwy 2.

Pile drivers are working on the 2.64 acre site of what will be a new full-service Holiday Inn located next to Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson on the east side of Hwy 2.

By HARLEY RICHARDS

Advocate business editor

A full-service Holiday Inn at Gasoline Alley could be drawing conference-goers and Hwy 2 travellers by next summer.

Zainul & Shazma Holdings (1997) Ltd. began work on a 111-suite hotel on the east side of Hwy 2 late last week. Located on a 2.64-acre parcel next to Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson, it will include a 500-person conference centre and banquet facilities. A restaurant, lounge, waterslide and pool are also planned.

All of the suites in the five-storey hotel will contain a fridge and a microwave.

“We really are aiming to open by the summer to hit the summer rush,” said Shazma Charania, director of operations for the family-owned company.

Charania added that the hotel will be one of the first built to the Holiday Inn’s new design standards, with contemporary colours and other features that will give it a “more appealing look.”

An earlier cost estimate of $16 million to $18 million remains accurate, she said.

Based in Edmonton, Zainul & Shazma Holdings owns and operates Holiday Inn Express hotels in Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Hinton and Edson. It also has a full-service Holiday Inn at Hinton, where a major renovation was recently completed.

Charania isn’t concerned about the current economic downturn, explaining that consumer confidence appears to be improving.

“Within 12 months, I think it will be strong and we’re going to be opening at the right time.”

She also believe that hotel will benefit from its prominent site on Hwy 2 and central location between Calgary and Edmonton.

“I think Red Deer needs something new with a fresher look.”

A Hampton Inn and Suites is also being constructed on Red Deer County land in Gasoline Alley. That 110-unit project, located further south and on the west side of Hwy 2, is slated to open this year.

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Trial of man accused of killing Red Deer doctor going ahead

Deng Mabiour is fit for four-week trial that is set to begin Nov. 22

AstraZeneca vaccine is ready to be used at a homeless shelter in Romford, east London, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Frank Augstein
Select Alberta physicians to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine next week

Some Alberta physicians will now be offering the COVID-19 vaccine. In an… Continue reading

An example of zero lot line properties. Red Deer County council approved rezoning to allow zero lot line properties on three streets in Springbrook.
Photo from Red Deer County
Narrower house lots being tested in Springbrook to improve affordability

Zero lot line homes will be built on three streets in Springbrook

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair listens to a speaker during a news conference Tuesday June 9, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Red Deer part of project to support victims of human trafficking

Federal government sends $500k over next four to Alberta-based project

Mayzie the Canada goose is back nesting in a flower pot on a backyard balcony in Anders on the Lake. (Contributed)
Canada goose is back nesting on Red Deer balcony

Third year in a row geese return

FILE - Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas, in this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, file photo. The UFC intends to welcome a capacity crowd at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, when Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor fight for the third time. UFC President Dana White announced his plan Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for the promotion's first sellout show in its hometown since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)
UFC plans full Vegas crowd in July at Poirier-McGregor fight

The UFC intends to welcome a capacity crowd at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile… Continue reading

Juno Awards signage hangs in downtown Saskatoon on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Organizers of the Juno Awards say they've postponed this year's 50th-anniversary celebration until June 6 "out of an abundance of caution in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith
Juno Awards postpone 50th anniversary show date to June 6 amid COVID-19 pandemic

TORONTO — Organizers of the Juno Awards say they’re postponing this year’s… Continue reading

Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna rises in the House of Commons following Question Period Monday March 22, 2021 in Ottawa. McKenna is announcing a $1.5-billion program designed to spur green building through retrofits, upgrades and new construction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Federal government unveils $1.5-billion plan to boost green building

OTTAWA — Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna has announced a $1.5-billion program designed… Continue reading

In this Monday, March 15, 2021 file photo a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is pictured in a pharmacy in Boulogne Billancourt, outside Paris.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena, File
AstraZeneca very safe, effective, with extremely rare risk of clots: Health Canada

OTTAWA — There is enough evidence to say the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may… Continue reading

Demonstrators take cover from crowd-dispersal munitions from police outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department while protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright, late Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Minnesota cop will be charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A prosecutor said Wednesday that he will charge… Continue reading

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen listens to a question during a news conference Tuesday April 21, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Housing advocates eye federal budget for aid to urban Indigenous providers

OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals have told stakeholders in the affordable-housing sector… Continue reading

Two women lay flowers outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days… Continue reading

The mobile phone icon for the Coinbase app is shown in this photo, in New York, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Coinbase is going public at a time when chatter about cryptocurrencies is everywhere, even at the United States Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $100 billion

Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with the digital… Continue reading

Most Read