HORNEPAYNE, Ont. — The town of Hornepayne, Ont. is set to open its first hotel in a decade within the next year. The new hotel will be a Studio 6 franchise, with construction estimated to cost $7.6 million. Construction is expected to start in the spring and completed by December 2022.
The community of roughly 1,000 has been without a hotel since the Hallmark Centre closed in 2011, including the closure of a high school, library, shopping centre and hotel, among other services.
“It’s exciting. We need places for people to stay, for workers to come in, visitors, contractors, family members,” Mayor Cheryl Fort told CBC. “We used to be a hub for the snowmobile trail. We lost all of those dollars and people that would come into our community. Also, when we have electricians or plumbers and that sort of thing having to come in to do big work in Hornepayne, they’d have to travel back and forth.”
“You have a very economically viable community, with some successful industry there, and we thought there was the need and opportunity for a hotel,” Ben Cohen, CEO of Rideout Bay Developments told CBC.
Construction is expected to start in the spring and completed by December 2022.