Drury Hotels

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Drury Hotels Company, LLC
Private
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1973
Headquarters Creve Coeur, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Key people
Charles L. Drury, Jr. (CEO)[2]
Products Hotels
Revenue $540 million (2016)[3]
Number of employees
5,000 (2017)[3]
Website www.druryhotels.com

Drury Hotels Company, LLC is an American hospitality company which operates a chain of mid-scale limited service hotels[1] under the brands Drury Inn and Suites (its flagship brand), Drury Inn, Drury Suites, Drury Plaza Hotel, and Pear Tree Inn.[3] As of 2018, the chain operates more than 150 locations in 25 states.[4] It is wholly owned by the Drury family and is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis.

History[edit]

The company was founded by the sons of Lambert Drury, a farmer who lost his farm during the Great Depression and then founded a plastering company.[5] The Drury Development Corporation was founded in 1959. The Drury family built its first hotel, a Holiday Inn, in 1962 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The family started Drury Hotels in 1973 and built its first Drury Inn in Sikeston, Missouri.[5] The Drury Hotels company operates non-Drury hotels as well.[6] In the 1990s, the chain introduced a third brand, Thrifty Inn.[7]

The Drury Inn & Suites in Valdosta, Georgia

One of the founders, James Drury, died on March 17, 2008, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.[8] A second founder, Robert Drury, died on November 28, 2013, in San Antonio.[5][9]

As of July 2017, Drury Hotels has received the J.D. Power & Associates award for highest guest satisfaction in upper midscale hotels for 12 straight years, the longest-running streak in the category.[10][11] In August 2017, Drury Hotels acquired the Best Western hotel from Waterfront LBV GL LLC for $20.5 million.[12]

Renovation of historic buildings[edit]

The chain has purchased several historic buildings for renovation as hotels.[13][14] Historic buildings that the chain has renovated into hotels include the former Cleveland Board of Education building in Cleveland (originally built in 1931)[15] the former City Public Service Building (originally built in 1921)[16] and the former Alamo National Bank building (originally built in 1929)[17] in San Antonio; a luxury hotel in Wichita, Kansas originally built in 1922[18] a former Sisters of Charity dormitory and hospital in Santa Fe, originally built in 1910 and the early 1950s;[19] and three St. Louis properties originally built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[4] The former Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh is as of 2016 was renovated into a 207-room hotel and opened in late 2016.[20][21] At the Pittsburgh hotel, a former firing range was converted into an indoor pool, and former bank vaults were turned into meeting spaces.[22] It also plans to renovate the former First Financial Centre building in Milwaukee[23] and the former Indianapolis Business Journal building in Indianapolis, which dates to 1924.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (24 July 2013). "Drury Hotels wins J.D. Power award". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ Company Overview of Drury Hotels Company, LLC Bloomberg
  3. ^ a b c 39 Drury Hotels Co. LLC
  4. ^ a b "About Drury - Drury Hotels". www.druryhotels.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Bob Drury, part owner of Drury Hotels, CEO of Drury Southwest, dies". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  6. ^ Tom Neumeyer; Frank Nickell; Joel P. Rhodes (2004). Historic Cape Giardeau: An Illustrated History. San Antonio, Texas: The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. pp. 116–118. 1-893619-39-7.
  7. ^ Jakle, John A.; Sculle, Keith A.; Rogers, Jefferson S. (1996). The Motel in America. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-8018-5383-4.
  8. ^ "James Drury obituary". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  9. ^ "Robert Drury obituary". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  10. ^ J.D. Power ranks hotel brands for guest satisfaction (USA Today)
  11. ^ Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Finds Ritz-Carlton, Omni Hotels As Most Satisfying (Forbes)
  12. ^ "https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2017/08/14/drury-hotels-scoops-up-hotel-for-20-5m-in-disney.html". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31. External link in |title= (help)
  13. ^ Bryant, Tim. "Drury increasingly goes downtown with creative restorations of landmark buildings".
  14. ^ "Developers Are Turning Rust Belt Hulks Into Luxury Hotels". 22 April 2016 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  15. ^ "Drury Plaza Hotel opens in former Cleveland Board of Education building after stunning renovation (photos)".
  16. ^ "Historic Renovations - San Antonio Riverwalk - Drury Hotels". druryhotels.com.
  17. ^ "Historic Renovations - San Antonio Plaza Riverwalk - Drury Hotels". www.druryhotels.com.
  18. ^ Drury Plaza hotel Broadview, Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Old Buildings Get New Life in Santa Fe".
  20. ^ Drury Hotels plans to open new hotel in downtown Pittsburgh in mid-2016
  21. ^ "Pennsylvania: Meetings & Conventions". www.meetings-conventions.com.
  22. ^ Drury schedules opening date for new downtown hotel
  23. ^ Downtown Milwaukee building sold to Missouri investor for planned conversion into hotel
  24. ^ Indianapolis Business Journal building to become Drury hotel

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