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Grand Hotel Status

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A Wichita Falls hotel has closed its doors to overnight guest after failing to meet health code inspections and letting its lodging permit expire. 

The Grand Hotel has been a staple in downtown Wichita Falls for a longtime but over the last few years it has had new management and has struggled to stay afloat.

“We’ve been working with the Grand Hotel over the past year. They had an annual permit that was due to expire in December of last year,” said Lou Kriedler, Director of Wichita County Public Health District.

Kriedler said the hotel has been on a month to month permit since it was last evaluated and they noticed there were certain items that were not up to code.

“We’ve been working with them for the past year to get them into compliance,” said Kriedler.

The Department of Health gave the hotel a list of items that needed to be corrected in order for them to stay fully operated.

The hotel had to meet these requirements:

·         Get pest problem under control

·         Clean up molding in rooms

·         Fix leaking roof

·         And have 75 percent of rooms available for occupancy

“When we went out and did our inspection renewal, we found out that they couldn’t meet the qualifications for a permit renewal and notified them that we wouldn’t be renewing their permit,” said Kriedler.

The hotels lodging permit expired November 30th. Since then the hotel has been vacant, has not had any overnight guest and is no longer booking reservations.

Despite the hiccups the hotel has had as far as staying in compliance with the health department, Kredler believes the hotel plan was always to stay afloat.

“I think there end goal has always been to get the funding that they need to repair the rood and do renovations for the facility,” said Kriedler.

Hotel managements said that they are in the process of renovating. They hope to start at the beginning of the New Year and hope to be finished within three months. They also said during renovations, its restaurant, lounge and banquet facilities will still be open for business.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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