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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Days Inn closes its doors

  • Days Inn & Suites of St. James has officially closed its doors, and as of now, no one is saying much.
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  • Days Inn & Suites of St. James has officially closed its doors, and as of now, no one is saying much.
    Alan Wynn, who has been the general manager of the motel for the last five months, said the doors were locked and all 10 employees were dismissed indefinitely last Saturday morning.
    "All I am allowed to say is that (Amanda Watson) still owns the franchise and the building itself," said Wynn, who has been employed with the company for three years.
    Watson could not be reached for comment.
    According to Mayor Dennis Wilson, the property has experienced financial difficulties and is in foreclosure.
    St. James Chamber of Commerce director Dawn Thompson said Wynn told her last Thursday that Days Inn would be closing its doors over the weekend.
    "He wasn't exactly sure why they were closing, but I think they were just closing for financial reasons," Thompson said. "I think (Wynn) was somewhat surprised, especially at the closing, because it's the time of year that things start picking up."
    With trout season in full swing and the spring and summer months rapidly approaching, Thompson said not having Days Inn will hurt the local economy, as the absence of the motel will send visitors to neighboring cities for lodging and dining.

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