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Premier Inn and Travelodge set sights on Penzance

16 June 2016 by

Both Travelodge and Premier Inn are looking to open new hotels in Penzance, Cornwall.

Next week, Penzance town councillors and neighbouring businesses will be briefed on Premier Inn's proposals to turn the Branwells Mill building (pictured) at the bottom of Market Jew Street into a 61-bedroom hotel.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Travelodge revealed that the hotel chain is looking at a number of properties in Penzance but could not confirm specific sites at present.

Emily Kavanaugh from the town's chamber of commerce told The Cornishman businesses in both the retail and hospitality sector were largely behind the Branwells Mill development.

She said: "[Premier Inn] will provide some much-needed single night stay opportunities, something we're currently lacking. We don't have enough beds in the town at the moment to fulfil peak demand.

"If [Travelodge] takes up the slack for the single night requirements then it's another big name with the confidence to come to Penzance, which is welcome," she added.

Paul Smith, acquisition manager for Whitbread, who is leading the plans to redevelop the Premier Inn site, said: "We are currently preparing a planning application for the hotel and ancillary restaurant. The location couldn't be better for a Premier Inn and our multi-million pound investment will sensitively upgrade the existing Branwells Mill building into our latest specification hotel."

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