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O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC and Hilton Worldwide announce franchise agreement in Jonesboro, Ark.


Release courtesy of O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC

Jonesboro Hotel Partners, LLC and its management company, O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, have received full and final approval from Hilton Worldwide to move forward with the Embassy Suites Hotel & Red Wolf Convention Center & Houlihan’s Restaurant at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. The 202-room Embassy Suites Hotel featuring a 40,000-square-foot Convention Center will be located on Red Wolf Boulevard on the A-State campus adjacent to the Convocation Center and Centennial Bank Stadium. 

Rendering of the Red Wolf Convention Center

“We are very excited to immediately move forward with this incredible project in partnership with the key driver of visitors and conference attendees to the region, Arkansas State University,” says Tim O'Reilly CEO/Managing Partner O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC.  “We are confident that the combination of the Embassy Suites by Hilton brand, the power of the Hilton Worldwide global sales and marketing systems and our deeply experienced O’Reilly Hospitality team of professionals will produce a successful hotel and convention center to serve the growing Northeast Arkansas area.”

Jonesboro Hotel Partners & O'Reilly Hospitality Management have also reached an agreement with Butler Rosenbury Architects of Springfield, Mo., to immediately finalize all architectural and engineering documents, and are in the final phases of negotiating a design build construction contract with a general contractor.  Construction is slated to start in the third quarter of 2016.

The Embassy Suites Hotel will afford prospective students and their families, as well as visiting artists, scholars, and speakers, sports teams, returning alumni and many others, the convenience of staying on campus in a first-class facility. The much-needed convention center space, which can be configured to accommodate groups from 15 to 1,200, will enable Jonesboro to attract thousands of new visitors each year who would otherwise go elsewhere, providing additional clients for local restaurants and existing hotels and significantly boosting local tax receipts. 

“With this top-of-the-line new facility and the O'Reilly Hospitality partnership, Arkansas State will implement a new academic program in Hospitality Management allowing us to recruit students interested in this growing professional field,” says Dr. Tim Hudson, Chancellor at A-State. “It will also enhance our ability to utilize existing meeting spaces on campus such as the Convocation Center and the Fowler Center.” 

The project site is on Red Wolf Boulevard, the busiest thoroughfare in Jonesboro, on 11 acres often referred to as the “old track.” 

“The Embassy Suites Hotel and Red Wolf Convention Center will be the finest conference and meeting facility in the entire region,” says O'Reilly, “providing an alternative hotel experience for all visitors, creating new jobs and add a corporate citizen with a proven track record of success to the City. This is a strong win-win partnership.”

About O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC

O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC was formed by Mr. Tim O’Reilly, Managing Member/CEO, in November 2007 and created by an intense desire to provide a unique, enjoyable and consistent guest experience through competent, attentive and team oriented hospitality management. O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC has developed and manages many award-winning upscale restaurants, full, select and extended stay service hotels, conference and convention centers and other properties, including the following: Hilton Garden Inn (LEED Gold Certified) Springfield, MO., DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield, MO., Cambria Hotel & Suites, Plano, TX, Marriott TownePlace Suites Springfield & Joplin MO., Yellowstone Valley Lodge Livingston, MT., Holiday Inn, City Center Tulsa, OK. Baymont Inn Branson, MO., Holiday Inn Little Rock, AR. Boston’s Restaurant Little Rock, AR. Houlihan’s Restaurant (North) Springfield, MO. Houlihan’s Restaurant (South)(LEED Gold Certified) Springfield, MO., Houlihan’s Restaurant Columbia, MO, Macadoodles Fine Wine & Spirits of Republic MO,and North Springfield fall 2016. Our newest development project, the 318 Suite Embassy Suites by Hilton & 70,000 sq. ft Convention Center & Houlihans Restaurant & Bar is under construction in Denton, Texas at Rayzor Ranch.

For more information, please see www.ohospitalitymanagement.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprised of more than 4,600 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with more than 758,000 rooms in 100 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.

Visit http://news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide’s 13 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 225 hotels with more than 40 in the pipeline. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app.

For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton at http://news.embassysuites.comwww.facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and www.twitter.com/EmbassySuites