Exactly ten years to the day of having purchased the Days Inn and Suites Brandon, owner-operators Melody and Dave Brooks, will hand the reigns over to new owners on May 1. The transaction also includes their second business in the Wheat City, Motel 6 Brandon.
“We weren’t actively seeking buyers, but we were approached by a local group of investors that own hotels in Dauphin, Virden and Headingley and we really liked them. They are local and really committed to being in the community, it felt like a good fit for us. You don’t get an offer like this every day so we decided it was the right time for us,” said Melody Brooks.
Brooks said that the new owners met with the companies 45 employees recently and assured them that it would be business as usual.
“We had a really positive meeting with the staff at both locations and the news was well received. The new owners are experienced in the industry and have confirmed that everything will remain the same including staffing and wages,” said Brooks.
“We came here 10 years ago and we love Brandon, we just absolutely have so loved being in this town and doing business in this town. We have a lot of mixed feelings, but sometimes a new broom sweeps clean. It’s time for somebody new, for different ideas and some new energy coming in.”
The Brooks moved to Brandon from British Columbia a decade ago to purchase the Days Inn from then owners Phil Hall and Claire Chudley. They built an addition to the hotel, taking it from 61 to 76 rooms. In addition, the local entrepreneurs also purchased Motel 6 Brandon almost three years ago.
The couple intends to stay in the hotel industry, however they weren’t quite ready to publicly share their future plans. wishes them well in their future endeavours.