Imperial 400

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Imperial 400
Industry Hotels
Founded Los Angeles, California 1959 (1959)
Defunct 1987 (1987)
Area served
United States
Key people
Bernard Whitney (founder)
Services Lodging

Imperial 400 was an American motel chain. It was founded in 1959 by Bernard Whitney in Los Angeles, California. Its properties were typically two-story buildings with "gull wing" shaped roofs over the lobby. It was a limited-service hotel chain, competing mainly with Travelodge.[1]

In 1965, Imperial 400 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[2] Its headquarters were moved to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and again to Arlington, Virginia. By the 1980s, the chain was sold to Interpart S.A., a Luxembourg-based company, and was later dissolved.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Jakle, John A.; Sculle, Keith A.; Rogers, Jefferson S. (1996). The Motel in America. Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 160–162. ISBN 0-8018-5383-4. 
  2. ^ "Imperial '400' National Files Under Chapter 11 Of the Bankrutcy Act". The Wall Street Journal. 11 June 1965. Retrieved 11 August 2013.