ROCKINGHAM – With the addition of a new hotel, Richmond County’s economical development is on the upswing.
Located at 307 West Greene Street, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Rockingham will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Western Hospitality Group, Inc. of Irvine, California.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites will employ over 20 local individuals, helping boost the local economy. The hotel’s management recently hosted a job fair that attracted over 120 people who completed applications and afterward met with staff face-to-face for a short interview.
“We have decided to forego the second job fair, since our first fair was such a success that we found a great pool of candidates to choose from,” explained Debbie Stack, general manager.
When asked about the upcoming opening of the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Rockingham, Stack had this to say:
“We are excited to be the first team to bring the Marriott Brand to Rockingham. Marriott is a name people immediately recognize and associate with quality and value. As many are aware, Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels (Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, aLoft, St. Regis) last September, making Marriott the premier provider and facilitator of leisure and vacation experiences around the world.
“Rockingham and Richmond County as a whole are now a part of that family and we are excited to share the hotel with the traveling community.”
The Fairfield Inn and Suites in Rockingham sits at the location of the former Comfort Inn and Suites, however, it is a completely new hotel under new ownership and management.
“The Fairfield Inn & Suites Rockingham is a truly stunning example of the brand’s contemporary look and feel, and we are pleased to introduce Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels in the Rockingham area,” a recent company news release stated.
Meet the Hotel Management Staff
General Manager Debbie Stack: has 15-plus years of experience in hotel management working in limited service hotels (such as this Fairfield) as well as full-service hotels. Stack has taught Hospitality/Hotel Management curriculum at Sandhills Community College and enjoys finding local talent and providing guidance and experience to make hospitality their future career.
In fact, the Assistant General Manager, Charles Worley, was a former student of Stack and is training to become the General Manager of this Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Stack’s hobbies include hot yoga, running, beach trips and visiting her daughter in college at MSU.
Assistant General Manager, Charles Worley: is a native of Moore County and a graduate of Sandhills Community College in the Hotel/Restaurant Management program with seven years of experience in the hotel industry.
Worley’s most recent management assignment was the Executive Housekeeper at the 144-room Courtyard by Marriott in Carolina Beach, NC. Worley is now taking his career to the next level as Assistant General Manager. He will be working with Stack with anticipation of advancing to General Manager in the near future. Worley’s hobbies include anything with the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and attending sporting events.
The hotel will feature a breakfast area where guests can enjoy complimentary hot bar items, which include oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, as well as make-your-own waffles. Additionally, breakfast will include healthy choices such as fruit and yogurt, as well as whole grain cereals and breads.
The guest rooms will have unique amenities including a well-designed work area with an ergonomic chair, task lighting and electrical outlets right where guests need them. Additionally, the rooms will include a couch, refrigerator, coffeemaker and microwave.
Each room will have the latest in-room technology that will allow guests to access their Hulu and Netflix accounts as well as YouTube, Pandora, and Crackle by way of the HDTV in their guest-room. The beds will have plush mattresses located near the center of the room to give guests a better night’s sleep.
The hotel will offer an outdoor swimming pool, an exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as copy and fax services.
Stay posted to the Richmond Observer for more information on the grand opening and ribbon cutting in the near future.