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The Village Hotel is no more Northbridge Hotel jumps into sports-tourism market By Dale Bass STAFF REPORTER

The transients are gone, the fixtures upgraded and the phones even work. The Village Hotel is no more — in its place in the heart of North Kamloops is the Northbridge Hotel. For those who may remember the old Outbacks bar at the rear of the Village, or who have been there for one of the frequent police visits in the past, the change is striking, said its general manager, John Haggarty. While he was reluctant to disclose the price tag — “it’s in six figures, high six figures” — the past few months have been spent changing the carpet, wallpaper and fixtures, installing flatscreen televisions with high-definition cable, free wireless Internet access and a new phone system to replace the one Haggarty said hasn’t worked in years. The lobby has also been updated. Gone are the longterm transient occupants, Haggarty said; the only long-term stays the Northbridge will allow

in its 56 rooms will be for corporate travellers in Kamloops for an extended period. Otherwise, it’s a nightly accommodation situation like one would expect in a hotel. Moving out the previous clientele took some time but, because their nature was to move along, Haggarty said that when a room came empty, it stayed that way while renovations were carried out. The new sign went up on the weekend and the name came about after


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several were considered because it ties into the idea of the hotel on the North Shore, across the bridge. The old Outbacks space at the back of the structure remains empty, but there are plans to do something with it at some point, Haggarty said. With much of the Tranquille Road street level devoted to The Duchess — a pub that features exotic dancers — Haggarty said he expects the hotel will appeal to adult sports teams that might use the

nearby McArthur Island fields or the softball diamonds at the Tournament Capital Ranch in Rayleigh. Proximity to the airport and the lack of hotels on the North Shore also will help attract travellers, he said. As for that old Village reputation, Haggarty said the number of calls to police have been down dramatically from previous years. The change has been noticed, according to Peter Mutrie, general manager of the North Shore Business Improvement Association. “It’s quieter on the street. There’s been a tremendous difference in the street traffic,” he said. “In fact, they say on the street the cops are bored over here.” Mutrie suspects the hotel will attract the “oldtimers hockey teams, the beer league, the slo-pitch teams, adult teams like that.” He also is hopeful the change in direction for the hotel will spark renewed work at a development site across Tranquille Road, where for some time there have been plans to build a medical centre.

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