By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
XFORD – Valley Creek Hotels LLC intends to begin construction on a hotel on Oxford’s west end this spring.
The 84-unit AmericInn will be built just off Highway 6 West near the Oxford city limits, thus becoming the first lodging option for travelers coming from the west.
“Oxford is a growing community,” said Jim Grisham, one of the partners behind the project. “We think that market’s ready for something new, and we’re ready.”
Grisham described the proposed hotel as a “mid-level” property.
While it will not offer full food and beverage service, it will have complimentary breakfast and a late-afternoon/early-evening hospitality spread.
The AmericInn will be oriented to business travelers, Grisham said, but will also add to Oxford’s accommodations for weekend events.
“Everybody thinks of Oxford as a weekend destination, but we have a surprising amount of business travel,” said Mary-Kathryn Millner, director of the Oxford Tourism Council. “But we have enough big weekends throughout the year – football, the Double Decker Festival, (University of Mississippi) Commencement – that we could use more rooms.”
Millner said Oxford also needs a boutique hotel downtown and a business-oriented hotel adjacent to the Oxford Conference Center.
Grisham said the company anticipates beginning construction within a few weeks.
“Next spring is our short-term goal for opening,” he said. “We hope if we can start building in early May, we can open a year late – maybe in time for next year’s commencement.”