Ives family shares plans for new hotel
The Staples Timberlake Hotel will be named after the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids, but the hotel itself will be all about Staples.
On June 22 at NJPA in Staples, the Ives family, Mike and Mary Ives, their son Burl and his wife Kris, presented their plans for building the hotel in Staples and opening the Town’s Edge Restaurant, both projects to be completed in spring, 2017. More than 70 people were on hand for the presentation.
The family talked about their varied backgrounds, Mike with housing, radio and hospital; Mary with nursing, nursing administration, government and property management; Burl with hospitality, housing, farming, cooking and mechanics; and Kris with cosmetology, U.S. Air Force, nursing and hotel management.
Mike said they decided to build in Staples after Todd County Development Corporation Director Rick Utech suggested he come to check out the situation. They looked at the hotel study and did further research. He said the growth at NJPA, Lakewood and other businesses also played into the decision.
Mary said they liked the synergy between the hotel and restaurant with event center. The plans call for the two establishments to face each other across a parking lot.
The decor of the hotel will have themes that relate to the logging and railroad history of Staples.
The Ives family owns 12 hotels in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, including the Timberlake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Mary said the Staples hotel will have some of the same amenities as the lodge.
Burl said the family decided against bringing in a franchise, even though they own Super 8 and AmericInn motels elsewhere.
They estimated that the hotel would employ approximately 20 people and the restaurant around 25 people.
Mary said the family’s hotel philosophy is to treat the guest as number one. She said they offer fair wages and a safe work environment, giving employees the opportunity to grow on the job and help them succeed.
The family said they will be a pet friendly hotel with 52 rooms that will include extended stay suites, king suites and spa suites in addition to standard rooms.They estimated that rooms would be in the $80 to $90 range.
The Staples Timberlake Hotel will include a pool with a pool party room and an exercise facility, a breakfast café, guest laundry, small gift store and outdoor patios.