A new £7million Crawley Travelodge hotel was officially opened today (Thursday January 30).
The Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Bob Burgess, and Travelodge chief operating officer Jon Hendry Pickup did the honours at the 110-room hotel in Pegler Way.
It was built on the former site of Sussex House and is part of the Town Centre North Regeneration Scheme.
It has been built as part of a co-development programme which also includes a Morrison’s supermarket and a number of other retailers.
Jon Hendry Pickup said: “I am delighted to be opening our first Travelodge hotel in the heart of Crawley town centre. This new addition boosts our portfolio in the West Sussex area to 11 properties in key locations where business and leisure travellers need us.”
“Crawley Travelodge has been fitted out in our new room design which has been designed by our customers. Our new style is very modern and customers will certainly experience a new fresh experience when staying with us. By autumn this year over 80 per cent of our hotels will incorporate this new room design.”
Mayor Cllr Bob Burgess added: “It is excellent news that Travelodge has seen the need to have a hotel in our town. This new hotel has benefitted the local economy and provided jobs.”
The hotel is being managed by Andrina Wooler. Her team of 20 staff have been recruited via the company’s partnership with the Job Centre Plus Scheme which helps the long-term unemployed back into work.