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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL-Arlington Hospitality, Inc. has embarked on a two-pronged approach, as it continues to sell AmeriHost Inn hotels while building new properties. “We now are focusing our attention on both development, primarily through joint ventures, which we refer to as Operation Growth, and our hotel disposition plan, which we refer to as Operation Sell,” says president and CEO Jerry Herman.

Arlington Hospitality already has sold eight AmeriHost Inn hotels for $22.9 million and has one more under contract, putting the company about one-third of the way toward its goal of pruning at least 25 properties in a portfolio that includes 57 hotels. “We are moving forward rapidly and as prudently as possible,” Herman says.

However, the company announced during its third-quarter earnings report that it has begun building a 79-room AmeriHost Inn hotel in Weirton, WV with a joint venture partner and is planning construction of hotels in California; Lansing, MI and Columbus, OH.

“Our goal is to reach a level of developing 10 to 15 hotels a year by the end of 2005, primarily in larger markets, particularly in the Midwest where the AmeriHost brand has high consumer awareness, and in California,” Herman says.

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