Hotel chain Premier Inn has announced that it will be opening four new hotels across Scotland.
The four new sites will be in Perth, St Andrews, Stirling and Glasgow Pacific Quay; all of which hope to offer 400 new bedrooms and 150 new hospitality jobs to the region. These new hotels will be part of brand owner Whitbread’s wider expansion plans to operate 65,000 bedrooms across the UK by 2016. This in comparison to the 52,000 rooms that it currently has under its portfolio.
John Bates, head of acquisitions for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: "Premier Inn is one of the UK’s leading brands and we are expanding rapidly as we respond to strong demand from our customers for more Premier Inn bedrooms in great locations. We’re investing in projects right across Scotland and these latest deals add to the hotels we have recently opened in Glasgow and Ayr."
The new 180-bedroom branch in Pacific Quay will be six storeys tall and will be located right opposite the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, to be opened just in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Perth meanwhile will see an 83-bedroom site, featuring a restaurant, on Mill Street, whilst St Andrews will contribute 65 bedrooms on Largo Road. The smallest of the four will be a 60-room hotel in Stirling, at Forthside, which will also feature a Beefeater Grill.
The budget hotel chain is seemingly growing at a fast pace, with Whitbread recently revealing that it was hoping to open further branches in York, Blackpool, London and Aberdeen in the next few years. The firm opened its largest Premier Inn last year.
The focus on creating jobs is something close to Whitbread's mantra, with the PLC having created 3,000 jobs since March 2012.
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