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New Super 8 owner happy to be in BE

AmericInn brand name changes ownership, but not local motel

July 30, 2017
Chuck Hunt - Register Editor , Faribault County Register

While both travelers and local Blue Earth residents alike may not notice anything different, there have been a few changes going on at the two Blue Earth motels recently.

Changes in local ownership and in brand name ownership have occurred at both the AmericInn and Super 8 motels in Blue Earth.

Some of it gets a little complicated.

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Shamir Chaudhari and his wife, Nehal, are the new owners of the Super 8 Motel in Blue Earth.

Up until this past May, both motels were owned by the same company, Hari, Inc., a company owned by Shailesh Patel and Raja Patel, of Sioux Falls.

But just this past May 3, Hari, Inc., sold the Super 8 Motel to Samir and Nehal Chaudhari.

"I had been looking for a motel to buy, and then found out this one in Blue Earth was for sale," says Samir Chaudhari. "I wanted to give the hospitality business a try."

Chaudhari had been living for the past four years in Martinsville, Virginia, where he owned and operated a gas station/convenience store.

"I was able to sell the store in Virginia and wanted to own a hotel or motel instead," he explains. "I have some relatives who are in the hotel business."

Chaudhari had looked at many motels all over the country, and was looking at one in North Sioux City, Iowa, when he learned of the one in Blue Earth.

Before his four year stint in Virginia, Chaudhari was living in Canada for 10 years, and before that, in his native India. His wife, Nehal, son Manav, 12, and his mother, Maniben, never moved to the U.S. from Canada and still live there. But not for much longer.

"Now my wife and son are in the process of moving here to Blue Earth," Chaudhari says. "My son will be attending school here in Blue Earth so they will be moving here as soon as they can."

There is a lot of red tape for them to make the move across the border from Canada, Chaudhari says, more than there was when he moved to Virginia four years ago.

"Blue Earth seems to be a wonderful town," he adds. "My wife and son are very excited to be moving here. And it will be good for all of us to be together again."

While there are new owners at the Super 8, there now has also been an announcement that has caused some confusion about Blue Earth's other motel. News stories reported that Wyndham Hotel Group, of New Jersey, has acquired the Minnesota-based AmericInn hotel brand for $170 million.

The AmericInn brand is currently owned by Chanhassen-based Northcott Hospitality and includes 200 hotels.

Those hotels, including the one in Blue Earth are mainly owned by franchisees in the Midwest.

"We are still owned by our same company," says Blue Earth AmericInn manager Anthony "Tony" Scheff. "This sale just means we will send our franchise fee to a different company than we have been."

Scheff does not expect any changes in the motel name or the way it is operated.

"Any changes would strictly be internal, perhaps in the way we train our employees or the type of materials we use," he says. "Our patrons will not notice any dramatic differences."

Scheff also noted that Wyndham Hotel Group already held the rights to the Super 8 brand name, so the franchise fee for Super 8 was already being paid to Wyndham Hotel Group. Now, so will the fee for AmericInn, after that sale is completed and is given regulatory and government approval.

The sale and change over in brand ownership is not expected to be completed until October.



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