Hammons sets date for Utah groundbreaking

Mr. John Q.
Hammons and Pleasant Grove mayor Michael W. Daniels have announced the
date for the groundbreaking of Utah Valley’s first Embassy Suites Hotel
and the adjoining 120,000-square-foot convention center.Public
officials, business leaders and honored guests will gather at 10:00 a.m.
on Friday, Aug. 24, at the site of the luxury facility to celebrate the
start of construction.  The public is invited to attend.

The new 13-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel will feature a
40,000-square-foot grand ballroom, and the development will offer more
than 120,000 combined square feet of flexible meeting and convention space

The unique curvature of the hotel tower (12.5) offers panoramic views of
the mountains to the east, as well as scenic Utah Lake to the west.  It is
anticipated that the all-suite, luxury Embassy Suites Hotel and the
convention center will open in spring 2009.

“We are pleased to be breaking ground on this upscale hotel to meet the
demand of the impressive growth being experienced
by Utah County,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive
officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.  “The John Q. Hammons brand
is known for exceeding guests’ expectations.  We will leverage the
breath-taking mountain landscape and four-season recreation environment
afforded by the area to complement the overall guest experience.”

The significant hotel and convention center development represents Mr.
Hammons’ entrée into Utah.  Since announcing the project one year ago,
Pleasant Grove officials have received a number of requests from
developers and businesses that plan to build near the hotel and convention
center, an area known as The Grove.


“More than 20 office and retail developments have started working with the
city in anticipation of locating in The Grove,” said Mayor Daniels.
“Clearly, this area is living up to its reputation as Utah Valley’s $350
million intersection.”

Beyond the John Q. Hammons hotel and convention center, projects currently
in development for The Grove will result in 500,000 square feet of retail
space and an astounding one million square feet of Class A office space.
Ten of these projects anticipate breaking ground before the end of the