The Carrboro Grande Bretagne Hotel
As we traveled through
Athens one of the first things that we noticed was the presence
of hotels. Not one hotel, not two hotels and not three hotels, but
literally hundreds of hotels. Everywhere we looked we saw hotels(and
we even stayed in one). It was one of those epiphimical moments
when we realized(and almost simultaneously) that if we want people
to come to Carrboro to visit then we need to have a least one hotel.
Sure we can have our tourists come in for a day, spend all their
money and then leave before bedtime, but that will severely cut
down on the amount of money we can get them to spend.
It was said about Florida
"The state of Florida would feel like it failed if a tourist
leaves Florida or an old person dies and they still have a dollar
in their hand". Although a bit ruthless and a mind set more
Republican than I would like to think our town is, we would nonetheless
recommend that the Town of Carrborro look into this as a Town Policy.
They'll want to disguise the whole "Get as much money out of
each tourist" part so we'll focus more on adding a hotel to
the growing list of Carrboro's services.
Think about it- if a
family of six comes into town for the day they'll spend about $30.
They'll walk through Carr Mill Mall, buy a pretzel or a bead, go
to Wendy's or Kentucky Fried Chicken, feed the family of 6 for about
$20 and if we're lucky their gas tank will be empty so they'll have
to fill up at one of our local gas stations.(By the way, our gas
stations out number our hotels 6:0- which is our way of saying "Hey
partner- make sure you're out by bed time- we don't take too kindly
to strangers in our neck of the woods at night!". Of course
it's important to protect our little children and our possessions
from those outside who want to take them from us, plus we want our
criminals to be homegrown so that they keep the money in the community(maybe
it's time we reexamined the idea of having a pawn shop in Carrboro).
We saw many hotels, but
none that we thought would catapult Carrboro from an asterisk attached
to descriptions of Chapel Hill to a full fledged town that could
stand on it's own two exits than Athens' Grande Bretagne Hotel.
It's rich history. Serving as the Nazi headquarters during the German
occupation of Greece, overlooking the Parliament building and Syntagma
Square and employing a doorman, she sits atop the throne as Athens
Grande Ol' Hotel. At a minimum of $450 a night per couple that family
of six would now have to spend $1350 just for their hotel. Compare
that to the $30 they spent before and you'll realize that they are
spending 45 times more and that's just for one night in the hotel.).
Add to that dinner and lunch in the hotel and we can tack on another
With 363 rooms and 23
suites we're looking at a revenue of close to $200,000 a day just
for the room. If you visit the hotel you'll see that it has 24 hour
room service(this will keep down our traffic problem if we can keep
the tourists from leaving their rooms!), Newspaper delivery daily
and Bookstore & Newsstand(Sorry to the guy who runs the little
metal Newspaper boxes, but - business is business!), beauty parlor
and barber shop(so sorry to the Bee Hive and Friendly), Travel Desk(I
think our last travel agency folded a few years back when we realized
that we were trying to get people into our Town to spend money,
not send our people out to spend their money elsewhere), The Winter
Garden(open in summer too), but a great place for people to spend
money on food.
The Grande Bretagne(3rd
from the left) is only one of three hotels in a row located
on Syntagama Square in Central Athens. Carrboro would have
to start with only one, but we could build it in a location
where we could expand when necessary.(We could probably start
with a block of the old dilapidated mill houses on Oak Street.)
If you add on the services
that the hotel offers we're looking at a revenue stream of close
to $300,000 a day. Sure a few of our business will falter under
the weight of such a large hotel, but taxes will also drop(I'm sure
a few stores wouldn't mind sacrificing their income for the good
of the town as a whole-isn't that what patriotism is all about?
Carborro-ites- we're all in this thing together so a few of you
may lose out but hopefully we'll have some added social services
to help you out!). I tried to get a total but my calculator would
only show "error". If it's more money than my calculator(think
razor quick commuter)can handle imagine how much it will buy for
a town of only 17,000!
Can you imagine
this guy in Carrboro. He would put the Franklin Street Hotel,
The Sienna and the Red Roof to shame!
It will only be a short
time before Chapel Hill's "Franklin Street Hotel" opens(talk
about lack of creativity for a name) and with their present monopoly
on hotels unless we get started quickly we'll have a very difficult
time breaking into the hotel business. On the other hand, if we
can get this hotel up quickly and name it something that exudes
an image of grace, luxury and history(The Grand Carr Mill Mall Hotel)
we have a good chance of hijacking all the customers(clients or
visitors in the world of Tourism) from Chapel Hill.