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 John Q. Hammons Breaks Ground for 280 suite Embassy Suites® Hotel
and Convention Center in Fairview, Texas (North of Dallas)
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Project Part of Village at Fairview, a 400-acre, Mixed-use, Lifestyle Center
FAIRVIEW (Dallas), Texas, and SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – March 21, 2007 – Mr. John Q. Hammons today held the groundbreaking of the 280-suite, 10-story Embassy Suites® Hotel Fairview and adjoining 80,000-gross-square-foot convention center.  Representing Mr. Hammons’ eighth Texas development, the hotel and convention center will complement The Village at Fairview, an upcoming 400-acre, mixed-use, lifestyle center.  The hotel will be owned by Mr. Hammons and the convention center will be owned by the town of Fairview.  Both will be managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com).  
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“The exceptional schools, affluent clientele and strong business growth indicates that the time is right to build an upscale hotel and convention center,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.  “Fairview, McKinney and Allen are critical players in the North Texas economy.  As the highways, retail developments and neighborhoods near completion, tourists, business travelers and meetings and convention goers will become even more attracted to the area.  The convention center will secure success of the hotel and provide greater support of the area’s tourism.”

Construction of the hotel and convention center is expected to begin in August 2007, with an anticipated opening slated for January 2009.  The Village at Fairview, under development by The MGHerring Group, is expected to open fall 2008 and will feature approximately 1 million square feet of retail, entertainment and dining.  Anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney and Macy’s, the open-air lifestyle center will also include a theater, residential units, office space and The Container Store and Barnes & Noble as major tenants.  Infused with a historic feel, The Village at Fairview’s design and architecture will reflect a dynamic downtown street, complete with spacious promenades, landscaped plazas and unique water features.

“Stacy Road and U.S. 75 is becoming the center of real estate activity in Collin County,” said Kenton McKeehan, senior vice president leasing, The MGHerring Group.  “With so many options available, we’re proud that The Village at Fairview has been selected as the home for the Embassy Suites Hotel Fairview and Convention Center.” 

Conveniently located in Collin County – one of the fastest growing and most affluent areas in Texas – and situated at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and Stacy Road, the hotel and convention center will be easily accessible to the cities of Allen and McKinney.  Local entertainment and attractions, such as the Allen Premium Outlet Mall, and major employers such as Raytheon, Blockbuster, the McKinney Medical Center and Allen Technology District are within an eight-mile radius of the facilities.  Collin County Community College District, with a student population of 41,000, also has two campuses nearby – Central Campus (seven miles) and an Allen location (three miles).

“It’s been a privilege to work with a developer of Mr. Hammons’ caliber,” said the Honorable Sim Israeloff, mayor of Fairview.  “His track record for establishing high-performing, quality hotels and meeting facilities is unmatched.  We anticipate that the Embassy Suites Hotel Fairview and convention center will complement the upscale retail and office elements of the project and provide exceptional amenities and services for our town’s residents and visitors.”

Upon completion of the Fairview hotel and convention center, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts will operate over 1,400 rooms and nearly 300,000 gross square feet of meeting space in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Other John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts properties include: The Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco, The Embassy Suites Hotel Outdoor World in Grapevine; The Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel; and the Hampton Inn & Suites Mesquite at Rodeo Center.

About Embassy Suites Hotels 
Embassy Suites Hotels properties managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts feature a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers.  Beautifully decorated to make guests feel at home, each spacious, two-room guest suite features a private bedroom and living room and is equipped with two televisions, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with voicemail, high-speed Internet access, work desk and in-room safe boxes.  Each hotel also offers a complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager’s Reception? with complimentary beverages.  Other features include a relaxing atrium lounge, full-service restaurant and spacious meeting and conference facilities with hotel staff dedicated to each group’s specialized needs.  Site amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool and sundeck.  Select properties also feature a full-service spa.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ Embassy Suites properties, please call 1-800-EMBASSY or visit www.jqhhotels.com.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites, including:  Embassy Suites Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Residence Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands.  With 73 hotels strategically located near demand generators, such as state capitals, universities, airports, corporate headquarters or office parks in secondary and tertiary markets, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets.  Over the course of his impressive career in the hotel business, Mr. Hammons has developed 185 hotels.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, please visit the company’s Web site at www.jqhhotels.com.

Contact:

Scott Tarwater 
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
(417) 873-3591
scott.tarwater@jqh.com
www.jqhhotels.com

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Also See: John Q. Hammons Planning a 320 room Chateau Style Resort with 100,000 Sq Ft of Meeting Space on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage / March 2007
Embassy Suites Hotels Set to Open Six Hotels in Spring/Summer 2005; Four Hotels are Being Built by Mr. John Q. Hammons / May 2005

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