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Azar Incorporated Building a $1.2 million 9,800 sq ft
Conference Facility to it’s Fort Wayne Marriott Hotel
Fort Wayne, Indiana (November 12, 2003) – Azar Incorporated, a local hotel / restaurant developer, owner and manager of several full service and select-service hotels, will add a new state-of-the-art 9,800 square foot ballroom/conference facility to it’s Fort Wayne Marriott Hotel.
The company has entered into an agreement with Sprung Inc. to develop a unique, one of a kind “Marquis Ballroom” and meeting facility, the first of its kind in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for November 17, 2003 at 2:00 P.M., with a date of completion by April of 2004.  The Fort Wayne Marriott marks the first full-service hotel to build a new ballroom facility in several years in the city of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Marriott Hotel
305 E Washington Ctr Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The ballroom expansion will be an addition to current local operations owned by Azar Incorporated which includes three area restaurants as well as the Fort Wayne Marriott.  Azar Incorporated owns and operates Taco Cabana, Back 40 Junction restaurant in Decatur and Big Boy restaurant in Waynedale, Indiana.   Azar Incorporated also owns and manages the Huntsville Marriott, in Huntsville Alabama, Hampton Inn Hotel in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Bolingbrook, Illinois. 

“We are excited to bring out almost 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry and this expansion will mark the 50th year anniversary of Azar Incorporated.,” says Yogi Parikh, President.  “While we fully intend to continue operations in select-service facilities, we see tremendous opportunities for growth in full-service properties.  So our plan is to maintain the select-service hotels we operate now with our own inspection and quality controls, beef up our sales and marketing efforts and turn our attention to full-service hotels.”

The new Marquis Ballroom will be 9,800 square feet and will provide Marriott quality food, service and décor.  The ballroom will also offer state-of-the-art technology including on-site audio/visual, high speed internet access, ergonomic seating, and will have capacity of up to 1,000 guests with over 600 guests for a seated banquet.  Additional advantages are ample on-site complimentary parking, direct access to Interstate 69, and world class sleeping room accommodations on site.

Kevin Croy, the General Manager of the Fort Wayne Marriott and Dennis Silknitter, Director of Catering and the staff are excited about the new Marquis Ballroom which will allow them to meet guest’s requests for additional banquet space for larger groups.  Croy stated that the total cost of the project will be approximately 1.2 million and that the facility should create 50 new permanent jobs for the city of Fort Wayne.


Kevin Croy, General Manager
Fort Wayne Marriott
Azar Incorporated
Phone: 260-484-0411
Also See: Focus Enterprises Building $10 million Holiday Inn in Fort Wayne, Ind. / Feb 2002

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