Thursday June 13th, 2013 - 9:10AM
PLANO, TX—Choice Hotels International and O’Reilly Hospitality Management broke ground yesterday on the new 129-suites Cambria Suites Plano. This is the first of two Cambria Suites hotels O'Reilly Hospitality Management will develop. The second property is scheduled to break ground in the master planned community of Desert Ridge in Phoenix this fall.
Cambria Suites Plano will be located in the heart of the Legacy office and retail district within two miles of 11 Fortune 1000 company offices and corporate headquarters including: Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas and Siemens PLM Software.
Among the fastest growing cities in the country, Plano's population was estimated to be 272,068 in 2012. It is the ninth most populous city in the state of Texas and the 70th largest city in the United States. The city's top 25 businesses employ more than 45,000 people, and the Cambria Suites Plano will provide upscale accommodations for business and leisure travelers coming to this thriving area.
Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Hospitality and Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International were present for the groundbreaking ceremony. "Cambria Suites is an essential part of the Choice Hotels International family of brands. There is a lot of great energy around this upscale brand right now and we are thrilled to be bringing it to Texas by way of Plano, one of the state's most robust business communities," Joyce said in a statement. "We couldn't ask for a better developer in entering this thriving market than O'Reilly Hospitality. The O'Reilly team is top-notch and we feel great about being in Texas with them."
The four-story, 84,000-sq.-ft. Cambria Suites Plano will feature guest suites with separate work and sleep areas; 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting space; and artwork from local Plano artists. The hotel will house Reflect, a casual dining and gathering area serving a dinner menu, liquor, wine, beer, freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches, a barista bar featuring Wolfgang Puck coffee and a hot breakfast buffet; Refresh, a fitness center with an elegant pool and hot tub/spa area; and Refill, a 24-7 convenience store that offers energy drinks, snacks and sundries.