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JUST ASK SHANE: What's Happening with the M Hotel?

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RICHLAND, WA - We have a follow-up on a topic that many of you have been wondering about... the future of Richland's M Hotel, which has sat vacant for more than a year.

Samantha sent me a Facebook message recently asking, "You did a 'Just Ask Shane' segment a while ago about Richland's M Hotel. I've noticed a lot of activity there recently.  Any idea what's going on?"

Well Samantha, I talked with Rhonda Olney this week.  She's the new general manager of the M Hotel and Conference Center in Richland.  She says that a local investment group purchased the hotel back in November, and their crews are currently working frantically to clean up the hotel and make some upgrades.  They hope to re-open the hotel and its 195 guest rooms in mid-February.

Olney says they're focusing primarily on the guest rooms and meeting rooms right now.  She says they have some major renovations planned for later this year, and they do plan to open the restaurant again at some point.  She says the hotel will initially re-open as the "M Hotel and Conference Center", but the property will likely join one of america's popular hotel chains within the next year or so.

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