Remodeled hotel reopens as Red Roof Inn

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One of Wilson’s hotels near Interstate 95 recently got an overhaul with a new name and massive renovations.

“The carpet was taken out, so we have new wood floors and furniture,” said Franklin Nata, regional manager for Red Roof Inn & Suites. “We just did the roofing this past week and everything has been renovated.”

The property at 5016 Hayes Place was built in 1997 and operated as a Jameson Inn until December.

“The contract with Jameson was going to expire and the owner was looking at changing to a different hotel chain,” Nata said. “We were pet-friendly with Jameson, so we wanted to keep that policy and the owner decided Red Roof would be a good fit for this particular location.”

The hotel’s first renovation in two decades was extensive, but necessary.

“My goodness gracious. Staying fresh is very, very important,” Nata said. “You can’t just expect to improve business without keeping updated.”

He said the reaction from customers has been positive with occupancy and revenue steadily increasing.

“We’re doing even better than when we were Jameson,” Nata said. “We get a lot of repeat guests. People are loving the rooms and always say they want to stay here the next time they stop in Wilson.”

Also near the intersection of I-95 and U.S. 264 Alternate, Holiday Inn Express is getting closer to fruition. Dennis Johnson, general manager of Comfort Suites, said the 90-room hotel with an indoor pool is set to break ground in September.

“(The) Contentnea Volunteer Fire Department burned down the old home on Lamm Road to make room for the project,” Johnson said. “A small donation was made to them for their help.”

Construction is expected to take roughly 18 months. Johnson said other businesses are inquiring about building on the 14 acres available near the Country Inn.


Farmville’s popular Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery is planning a family-friendly day of fun to commemorate its 15th anniversary.

The festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. on July 27 with a variety of Duck-Rabbit beers on tap, Anita’s Taqueria Food Truck selling a variety of treats, live music from Lightinin’ Wells country blues band and lawn games. Guests are encouraged to set up a picnic and enjoy the fun while the brewery debuts the Say What? Wood-Aged IPA.

“To celebrate 15 wonderful years of making friends over dark beers, Duck-Rabbit decided to do something a little bit different,” according to a press release. “Say What? Wood-Aged IPA is brewed with huge late-hop additions of Amarillo, Citra and Mandarina hops. It is then aged in American oak and maple until it tastes just right.”

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