Drury Hotels

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Drury Hotels Company, LLC
Private
IndustryHospitality
Founded1973
Headquarters
Key people
Charles L. Drury, Jr. (CEO)[2]
ProductsHotels
Revenue$540 million (2016)[3]
Number of employees
5,000 (2017)[3]
Websitewww.druryhotels.com

Drury Hotels Company, LLC is an American hospitality company which operates a chain of mid-scale limited service hotels[1] under the brands Drury Inn and Suites (its flagship brand), Drury Inn, Drury Suites, Drury Plaza Hotel, and Pear Tree Inn.[3] As of 2020, the chain operates more than 150 locations in 25 states.[4] It is wholly owned by the Drury family and is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri.

History[edit]

The company was founded by the sons of Lambert Drury, a farmer who lost his farm during the Great Depression and then founded a plastering company.[5] The Drury Development Corporation was founded in 1959. The Drury family built its first hotel, a Holiday Inn, in 1962 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The family started Drury Hotels in 1973 and built its first Drury Inn in Sikeston, Missouri.[5] The Drury Hotels company operates non-Drury hotels as well.[6] In the 1990s, the chain introduced a third brand, Thrifty Inn.[7]

The Drury Inn & Suites in Valdosta, Georgia

Co-founder Charles Drury died on September 7, 2020 in St. Louis; his death was acknowledged by Governor of Missouri Mike Parson.[8] Two other co-founders, James and Robert, died in 2008 and 2013, respectfully.[9][5][10]

In 2020, Drury Hotels earned its 15th-straight J.D. Power award for highest guest satisfaction in upper midscale hotels, the longest-running streak in the category.[11]

Renovation of historic buildings[edit]

The chain has purchased several historic buildings for renovation as hotels.[12][13] Historic buildings that the chain has renovated into hotels include the Union Market in St. Louis (originally built in 1925)[14], the former Cleveland Board of Education building in Cleveland (originally built in 1931)[15] the former City Public Service Building (originally built in 1921)[16] and the former Alamo National Bank building (originally built in 1929)[17] in San Antonio; a hotel in Wichita, Kansas originally built in 1922[18] a former Sisters of Charity dormitory and hospital in Santa Fe, originally built in 1910 and the early 1950s;[19] and three St. Louis properties originally built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[4] The former Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh is as of 2016 was renovated into a 207-room hotel and opened in late 2016.[20][21] At the Pittsburgh hotel, a former firing range was converted into an indoor pool, and former bank vaults were turned into meeting spaces.[22] It also plans to renovate the former First Financial Centre building in Milwaukee[23] and the former Indianapolis Business Journal building in Indianapolis, which dates to 1924.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (24 July 2013). "Drury Hotels wins J.D. Power award". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ Company Overview of Drury Hotels Company, LLC Bloomberg
  3. ^ a b c 39 Drury Hotels Co. LLC
  4. ^ a b "About Drury - Drury Hotels". druryhotels.com.
  5. ^ a b c "Bob Drury, part owner of Drury Hotels, CEO of Drury Southwest, dies". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  6. ^ Tom Neumeyer; Frank Nickell; Joel P. Rhodes (2004). Historic Cape Giardeau: An Illustrated History. San Antonio, Texas: The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. pp. 116–118. 1-893619-39-7.
  7. ^ Jakle, John A.; Sculle, Keith A.; Rogers, Jefferson S. (1996). The Motel in America. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 217. ISBN 0-8018-5383-4.
  8. ^ "Co-founder of national Drury Hotels chain dies in Missouri". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "James Drury obituary". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  10. ^ "Robert Drury obituary". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  11. ^ "Drury Hotels takes top honors from J.D. Power for 15th consecutive year". PR Newswire. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  12. ^ Bryant, Tim. "Drury increasingly goes downtown with creative restorations of landmark buildings".
  13. ^ "Developers Are Turning Rust Belt Hulks Into Luxury Hotels". 22 April 2016 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  14. ^ History of Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Convention Center
  15. ^ "Drury Plaza Hotel opens in former Cleveland Board of Education building after stunning renovation (photos)".
  16. ^ "Historic Renovations - San Antonio Riverwalk - Drury Hotels". druryhotels.com.
  17. ^ "Historic Renovations - San Antonio Plaza Riverwalk - Drury Hotels". druryhotels.com.
  18. ^ Drury Plaza hotel Broadview, Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Old Buildings Get New Life in Santa Fe".
  20. ^ Drury Hotels plans to open new hotel in downtown Pittsburgh in mid-2016
  21. ^ "Pennsylvania: Meetings & Conventions". meetings-conventions.com.
  22. ^ Drury schedules opening date for new downtown hotel
  23. ^ Downtown Milwaukee building sold to Missouri investor for planned conversion into hotel
  24. ^ Indianapolis Business Journal building to become Drury hotel

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