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Inside Bulloch Business - Stay Plus Suites hotel to open in Statesboro
Stay Plus Suites
Stay Plus Suites, similar to the hotel in Auburn, Ala. shown above, is expected to open in Statesboro in late spring 2019. - photo by Special

Land was cleared recently at the intersection of Fair Road and Burkhalter Road for Statesboro’s newest hotel.  

Construction on the site in front of Aspen Heights apartments is expected to begin later this month on the 100-room Stay Plus Suites hotel. The hotel will be three stories and designed to cater to the extended stay market. Every room will have a kitchen with a full sized refrigerator, stovetop, microwave and a sink. The hotel will have interior corridors.  

Stay Plus Suites is owned by Dalton, Ga., native Steve Herndon. Steve, a graduate of Georgia Tech along with his wife Tammy, founded Herndon Properties and created the Stay Lodge brand about 25 years ago.  

They were early innovators in the extended stay lodging market. When complete, the Statesboro project will be their 15th hotel and third Stay Plus Suites. Twelve of the hotels operate as Stay Lodge, which are designed with exterior corridors.  

The Herndons focus on towns throughout the southeast that have colleges. 

“We love college towns,” Steve Herndon said. “They are always thriving and growing.  Statesboro is a great example of this. With growth comes a need for short term housing for workers coming into the market for short periods of time. Our clients want a place with many of the amenities of an apartment without having to sign a one-year lease.”

Even though Stay Plus Suites is considered a hotel property, their model is much different than a traditional hotel, which targets overnight business travelers. Herndon explains they are not really in the hotel or apartment business, but instead they fill the niche for extended stay travelers focused on weekly rentals.

The large healthcare community and growth of Georgia southern makes Statesboro attractive for their concept, also. Traveling medical professionals and visiting professors need short-term housing. They are ideal clients for Stay Plus Suites.

There are many great economic indicators in Statesboro that attracted the Herndon’s to invest in our market. However, there is also a personal connection to the area. Steve’s wife Tammy was college roommates with Patty Bowen Gosh, who grew up in our area. Patty’s mom Patsy owned The Warehouse for years in Statesboro. Over the years, visiting the area and seeing the extraordinary growth helped put Statesboro on the map for them.

“We are very excited about doing business in Bulloch County,” Herndon said. “We are an American owned, American managed company who builds and manages quality products in the markets we serve. We want to be good corporate citizens and contribute to the continued success of Statesboro and Bulloch County. 

“We have hired DPR Architects and Maxwell-Reddick and Associates to help us with the project. In addition, we will be hiring all local subs for the construction of the hotel. Nick Propps, of Statesboro Properties, helped us locate the land and handled the sale of the property.  These are all quality local businesses that we have enjoyed working with on this project and look forward to continue working with in the future.”

The Herndon’s hope to have the $6 million Stay Plus Suites open by late spring 2019. With the new Home2Suites under construction on the Bypass and the addition of Stay Plus Suites, Statesboro will have nearly 1,400 hotel rooms to accommodate overnight and extended stay guests in our community. 

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