Trump Hotel Coming to Mississippi Delta
Clarion Ledger (Cleveland, MS) - The Trump brand is partnering with a Mississippi family to bring a new brand of upscale hotel to the Delta.
Located in Cleveland, SCION at West End will be managed by Trump Hotels, in a partnership with Chawla Pointe LLC, a Mississippi company and hotelier family with 17 hotels in six cities in the Delta.
SCION at West End will be a multi-faceted hospitality campus that will feature approximately 100 rooms, suites and extended stay accommodations; a 6,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; a 5,000-square-foot event hall; two acres of outdoor festival space and multiple entertainment outlets including two full-service restaurants, according to a news release issued Monday night.
It's expected to open by Jan 2018, said Kris Yeager, Director of Development for Chawla Pointe. "We are making structural and interior changes that will meet and exceed our customers expectations," Yeager said. "We are so excited to bring this to the Mississippi Delta."
In addition, Trump Hotels has three agreements signed for American IDEA properties in the Mississippi Delta area, according to the release....
...The venture isn't the first time the families' paths have crossed. In the mid 1980s, Chawla's father, Dr. V.K. Chawla, wrote a letter to Trump, asking for his financial help in opening his first hotel.
In response, Trump called Dr. Chawla at his Greenwood convenience store. Trump declined to help Chawla secure the necessary capital but suggested he apply for a Small Business Administration minority loan. Chawla opened his first hotel, a Comfort Inn, in 1989, according to the family's business website.
Dr. Chawla died in 2015. His sons, Suresh and Dinesh, now run the business. On the company's website, there is a photo of Suresh and Donald Trump Jr.
“We are proud to partner with the Trump Hotels team to bring the very first SCION hotel experience to life,” Dinesh Chawla, CEO, Chawla Pointe, LLC said in the release. “The team has been incredibly responsive and creative, and as our partners, they have been invaluable resources for us. We are excited to bring this exciting project to the Mississippi Delta area.”