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Cherokee Nation Entertainment to Break Ground on Casino, Hotel in Roland

25 Apr 2014, 9:51 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Cherokee Nation Entertainment will break ground April 29 on the new Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Roland. The 170,000-square-foot venue will will feature a six-story, resort-style hotel with 120 guest rooms and convention space. It will replace the casino and hotel that Cherokee Nation has operated on the site since 1990.

The facility will feature 850 electronic games, table games and a private High Limit poker room. Guests will be able to choose from two dining venues, a grab-and-go café and a Las Vegas-style buffet. In addition to expanded gaming options, guest will also be able to enjoy a cocktail and live music.

Originally known as Cherokee Nation Bingo Outpost, the property has become one of the region’s leading entertainment venues. The 50,000-square-foot property features 600 electronic gaming machines, eight poker tables, seven table games and a 24-hour diner. Cherokee Casino Roland, located off Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 64, employs 320 people.

Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Shawn Slanton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors, will attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

In healthcare property news, OU Medical Center, Oklahoma’s largest hospital, has recently announced the addition of a multimillion-dollar heart, vascular and electrophysiology facility. The 20,000-square-foot cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory features five rooms and state-of-the-art technology for fast and efficient treatment.

M. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost executive dean of the OU College of Medicine, said in a statement: “The creation and opening of this advanced care center is another demonstration of the commitment of OU Medicine and its partners to becoming the premier destination for health care in Oklahoma and this region. This enhances opportunities to bring discoveries of new treatments to the patients we serve.”

Image Courtesy of: Cherokee Casino Roland via www.facebook.com/CherokeeCasinoRoland



Starwood’s Aloft Brand Debuts in Oklahoma City

21 Apr 2014, 4:42 am

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has introduced Oklahoma City to its Aloft brand with the recent opening of the Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown. The hotel is the brand’s third in Oklahoma and joins two Alofts in Tulsa.

Situated in the revitalized Bricktown district, within a new mixed-use development, the new hotel features 134 loft-like guest rooms and is owned by New Century Investments. Brian McGuinness, senior vice president, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood, said in a statement: “We are proud to launch Aloft in Oklahoma City’s popular entertainment district, where we provide an atmosphere tailored to the next generation of travelers complete with authentic, modern design, innovative programming and live music performances at the W XYZ bar.”

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown is located at 209 North Walnut Avenue within the Deep Deuce and Bricktown Entertainment Districts, two blocks from the heart of downtown and minutes away from Will Rogers World Airport.

On the top floor, the hotel offers close to 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with panoramic views of the city and a three-level W XYZ bar. Guests will be able to opt for one of the ten suites, all with Jacuzzi tubs, or for the two-story presidential suite with nearly 2,000 square feet of living space.

“We are thrilled to partner with Starwood Hotels to bring Aloft to Bricktown, the city’s leading destination for shopping, dining and entertainment,” Jim Thompson, owner of New Century Investments, said in a statement.”Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown will resonate with youthful travelers as well as area professionals with its distinctive urban style and social atmosphere.”


Image Courtesy of: www.starwoodhotels.com



Kimray’s HQ Proposal Wins Nod from OK City Planning Commission

17 Apr 2014, 5:15 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission recently approved Kimray Inc.’s plan to construct a new corporate headquarters on a 136-acre site at  the northwest corner of Eastern Avenue and Britton Road, according to The Oklahoman.

The oil field equipment manufacturer will relocate about five miles north of its current location. Kimray’s new campus will enable the company to consolidate its facilities, which currently spread across 20 acres and multiple buildings.

Kimray Chairman & CEO Tom Hill explained in a statement: “Kimray’s products and services for the energy industry are known for their quality and dependability, which has allowed the company to grow significantly over the past 65 years. Very few companies have the opportunity to design their ideal space for the future and also impact a new area of the community in a positive way. We are excited for this change and what it will mean for our employees, customers and community.”

The move will accommodate decades of growth and improve the efficiency of Kimray’s operations.Initially the company plans to develop 30 to 35 acres of the property.

Hill added: “As we’ve done in our current location, we hope to create long-term, collaborative relationships with our neighbors. We are just beginning the planning process for the new campus, but we envision beautiful grounds that incorporate landscaping and other design elements to ensure our campus fits in with its surroundings.”

Image Courtesy of: www.kimray.com



K-MAC Holdings Corp. Acquires 21 Taco Bell Restaurants in Oklahoma City Market

14 Apr 2014, 1:29 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Fort Smith, Ark.-based K-MAC Holdings Corp. recently closed on the acquisition of 21 Taco Bell restaurants in the Oklahoma City market. The restaurants were acquired from Ricksim Inc., which was advised by MarshallMorgan LLC.

K-MAC President & EO, Sam Fiori said in a statement, “We share similar values as Rick Sikora’s organization, including providing a high level of service to customers through a great team.”

Tina Reagan, the company’s COO, added, “This acquisition brings K-MAC’s restaurant count to 56 across the state of Oklahoma, and it will allow us to pursue additional new unit development opportunities in the market.”

One of the largest Taco Bell franchisees in the country, K-MAC is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates, a consumer-focused private investment firm, which made its initial investment in K-MAC in March 2011. K-MAC also operates KFC and Golden Corral restaurants.Rahul Aggarwal, managing director at Brentwood Associates, said: “We are privileged to be able to continue to support the growth of a great company in K-MAC and a fantastic brand in Taco Bell.”



Ambassador Hotel Collection Debuts Oklahoma City Location at Historic Medical Building

8 Apr 2014, 6:55 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Tulsa-based hospitality company Ambassador Hotel Collection recently debuted a 54-key boutique property in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. The March 19 opening followed a $14 million transformation of the historic Osler Medical Building, which was completed in 1929.

Located at 1200 North Walker Ave., the Ambassador Hotel Collection Oklahoma City offers six different room configurations on seven floors. Amenities include a pool, a workout facility, two conference rooms, a business center and complimentary shuttle service to destinations within a three-mile radius. The property also features a full-service restaurant on the first floor and a bar on the seventh floor, with a terrace overlooking Oklahoma City.

Jeff Erwin, the property’s general manager, said in a statement: “The March opening of this new hotel showcases the innovative thinking and strength of the Ambassador Hotel Collection concept. With our sister property in Tulsa, we would love to see a collaboration of Oklahoma’s two largest cities as they both thrive.”

The Ambassador Hotel Collection specializes in restoring historic buildings to create upscale, boutique hotels. The company’s origins date to 2000, when its predecessor, The Coury Collection, was established.

Image Courtesy of: www.ambassadorhotelcollection.com