Marston rethinks sale to launch investment plan
Monday 29th November 2004 18:58
Hotel chain Marston is launching a major investment programme, including a new-build 120-bedroom hotel in Nottingham, after failing to attract a suitable buyer.
A deal with early frontrunner Dawnay Shore Hotels fell through with the company not prepared to pay the £175m price tag.
Chairman and managing director Chris Scragg said Marston's shareholders had concluded there was "a considerable upside" to maintaining ownership.
Marston, which instructed the agent Christie & Co to market its 15-strong portfolio in September, will now invest in renovating and refurbishing its portfolio, with the Nottingham hotel due for completion in early 2006.