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Familiar Sault business closes. Contents sale underway (photos)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

The Villa Inn Motel - a highly successful Great Northern Road hospitality outlet for 45 years - closed its doors yesterday.

On-site work is now underway to ready the structure for demolition en route to construction of a successor scheduled to open in the late spring or early summer of 2014.

Built by Bernie Klein in 1968, the family-owned Villa Inn Motel was a popular stop over the decades for many families travelling across the country and business representatives making sales calls in the city.

The Villa Inn also provided convenient accommodation for construction crews working in the area.

In 1982 the property was purchased by the Wurdemann family and was operated year-round until the official closing on Monday, July 15, 2013.

The family has made a huge impact on the hospitality industry locally by opening two of the city’s three newly built hotels in recent years.

The family also operates the Super 8, the Holiday Motel and the Northlander Motel.

Following demolition, construction will start on a three-story Microtel Inn & Suites facility by the Wyndham Franchise.

The project represents an expansion of the Coulter Motel Limited brand in Sault Ste. Marie and will create new employment opportunities locally.

The Wurdemanns have always been a huge supporter of local youth who show passion for the industry and will continue to seek talented individuals who are hungry to learn and grow with the company.

The family invites the public to stop into the Villa Inn Motel site at 724 Great Northern Road for a big contents sale running  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from today through to and including Saturday, July 20.

Everything must go - lamps, fridges, A/C units, bed sets, bedding and much more are available at great prices, an e-mail to SooToday.com reports.

Please direct any questions to Kyle Schneider, general manager or Gary Rooley, sales director, at 705- 254-6441.

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razor25 7/16/2013 1:42:11 PM Report

Eww...hotel/motel bedding! Just burn it!
Wicked 7/16/2013 4:33:05 PM Report

Wash the bedding clean:then give to the humane society.
Lleoy 7/16/2013 5:24:10 PM Report

Where is Norm and Dean gonna eat there lunch?
willoweep 7/16/2013 6:29:01 PM Report

Donating Towels & Blankets to the Humane Society is an excellent idea.
canadiens_8 7/16/2013 8:48:38 PM Report

Another business closes. NO wonder people are leaving this city.
Stevie-E 7/17/2013 8:20:03 AM Report

canadiens_8 7/16/2013 8:48:38 PM Report

Another business closes. NO wonder people are leaving this city.

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Are you serious?

If you would read the article, you would see that a Microtel is going there. The motel in its current state was an eyesore on the busiest strip in town. It will breathe more life into the hospital area and employ more people than maybe the 2-3 people it employed before.

It's uneducated conclusion-jumpers like you that leave the city and contribute to a negative and toxic view of it.
Coolmummer1 7/17/2013 1:45:10 PM Report

Stayed there 2 years ago just as a get-away for a couple of days. Wasn't fancy but the service was wonderful, everything was clean. Lots of towels, soap, etc. Was a very friendly "mom and pop" motel. In a way it's sad to see it go but new and modern is the way down this strip ... all tourist want ALL the amenities that go with the big BIG hotels. And that's part of our bread and butter.
As for sheets and stuff, I got some from WaterTower when they renovated - washer and dryer cleans all well. And, hey, I can use an extra lamp or two. And a bar fridge. No "ewww" there!
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