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The Super 8 hotel in New Richmond is now under new management and hiring new staff members. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Super 8 under new management

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The Super 8 hotel in New Richmond (1561 Dorset Lane), reopened recently under new management after the previous owners were foreclosed on.

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According to court documents, Surinder S. Manak, S&K Inc. and Singh Restaurant Operations Inc., all of Hudson, owed more than $505,000 to CorTrust Bank for the property.

Kirk Flom, a traveling general manager for Kinseth Hospitality, took the reins ahead of the hotel’s April 22 reopening.

The bank has tasked Kinseth Hospitality with keeping the hotel running.

“We’re slowly getting things back up to where they need to be as far as guest standards and also Super 8 franchise standards,” Flom said.

Meeting those standards required Flom to replace some worn out items and liven up the building.

“One of the biggest things we’ve done is gotten all new linens and towels,” Flom said. “We’re literally cleaning the place up and hopefully bringing another quality hotel back to the New Richmond area.”

As for bringing in business, Flom is optimistic about the future.

“We’ve already got a good amount of phone calls for weddings and weekend groups,” Flom said.

Another area Flom has been focusing on is hiring new staff members.

“There was literally no staff here when I got here,” Flom said. “It was pretty much family run.”

He said four new front desk people and a housekeeper have already been hired, and they are looking for a few more people. He said those interested can stop by the hotel and fill out an application.

Flom said there’s one thing community members will notice most about the management change.

“It’s a new attitude,” Flom said. “I think the customer service is one of the things that when I hired some of the new staff members, they really seemed to work well together. One of the things we strive to do is provide great customer service.”

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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