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Expansion is a ball for Quality Inn
3,500-square-foot ballroom centerpiece of renovations
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The rendering shows renovations of the outside of the Quality Inn on South Main. - photo by Special
     The Quality Inn and Suites on South Main Street in Statesboro is undergoing a major renovation including the addition of a ballroom and expanded meeting facilities.
      Known by local residents as Statesboro's original Holiday Inn Hotel, the facility was purchased by the father and son team of Christer and Per Holtze last June. Per Holtze is the managing partner overseeing the hotel's day-to-day operations.
      "We felt like there was a need in town for a very nice space that the public could rent for receptions, parties, large business meetings, that type of thing," Holtze said. "The ballroom will be 3,500 square feet with a capacity of 350 people or so. We are also constructing a formal boardroom."
      Holtze said other renovations are underway as well.
      "We have totally ripped out the old pool as well as the bathrooms that were in the lobby," he said. "The pool is being moved. It will still be a very nice large pool. In addition, the bathrooms just inside the lobby are being enlarged and updated. They have been totally demolished and are being rebuilt."
      Holtze said the new ballroom and facilities will be ready by the second week in December.
      "We have to be ready as we have already booked a large Christmas party," he said. "The contractors have met every deadline so far, so we are on schedule. We are looking forward to that first event."
      The banquet facilities are being marketed by Michelle Monteiro, sales and marketing manager for the hotel.
     "We would really like to have a lot of business meetings here," Monteiro said. "We are putting in state-of-the-art audio visual equipment including drop down screens and ceiling mounted projectors that are attractively hidden within the lighting fixtures. It is going to be a great place to have meetings."
     Monteiro said they are also targeting the "social" event market as well.
      "We are building a side room off of the ball room that can be used as a dressing area for members of a wedding party, but also as an office for someone that needs to be on site to manage an event. In addition we will have banquet kitchen facilities that will be able to produce the food required for each event."
      Monteiro said the banquet menu will be different from the menu that is used in Manny's Restaurant which is located in the hotel.
      "We will have a food selection that is commensurate with social events and meetings," she said. "Also, if a party has a special request, we will be able to handle that as well."
      Holtze said the planned renovations will not stop with the current construction.
      "Our plan is to update the lobby next and to complete the renovation of the final 29 rooms that are located on the back of the property," he said. "The final room renovations are underway as well. This is a four acre property, and we want all of it to look great."
      Holtze said he and his father have been overwhelmed by the hospitality of the region.
      "People in the southeast are so nice, and we just wanted to continue to perpetuate that kind of attitude and service," he said. "That is what we want to do with this property."
      Per Holtze is married to the former Jessica Jones, daughter of Jarell and Joy Jones. Jarell Jones operated a law practice in Statesboro for a number of years. Now, he and his wife reside in St. Simons. Per and Christer Holtze are the owners of Magnolia Hospitality.