Lowe Enterprises and AECOM Capital, the investment fund of AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE:ACM), have formed a joint venture with long-time property owner Atlas Hotels, Inc. to own, operate and reposition the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. Lowe’s hospitality management subsidiary, Destination Hotels & Resorts, has assumed management of the 954-room resort located at 500 Hotel Circle North.
“Town and Country is centrally located to San Diego’s top attractions and just minutes from downtown with its array of restaurants and entertainment. It presents an exceptional opportunity to work together with Atlas Hotels to refresh and reposition the property to take full advantage of San Diego’s continually growing tourism and meeting business,” said Robert J. Lowe, Jr., co-president of Lowe Enterprises.
Located in the popular Mission Valley area, the hotel’s two towers and three swimming pools, award-winning rose gardens, numerous fountains and outdoor seating areas are spread across the 40-acre property.
“This is an opportunity to invest in an established resort property in one of the country’s premier visitor destinations. With a strategic capital-improvement program, we can enhance the appeal and increase the value of this expansive property,” said John T. Livingston, chief executive of AECOM Capital.
The resort boasts the largest convention facility in the San Diego area outside of downtown, with more than 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the 41,000-square-foot Grand Exhibit Hall, and more than 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space. In addition, the property offers abundant recreation and dining options with the 14,000-square-foot Bella Tosca Day Spa with fitness center and three restaurants.
“We look forward to working with our new partners, Lowe and AECOM, to create a new chapter in the long and successful history of the Town and Country Resort,” said Terry Brown, president of Atlas Hotels, Inc.
Built in 1953 by the late Charlie Brown, founder of Atlas Hotels Inc., the Town and Country Resort is immediately adjacent to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club, San Diego’s premier shopping center, Fashion Valley and a San Diego trolley light rail stop, providing easy access to San Diego sites and attractions. The property is five miles from the beach and 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.
“Over the next few months we will be finalizing a long-term plan for the property that will include new marketing initiatives as well as physical property improvements,” noted Jamie Sabatier, president of Destination Hotels & Resorts, the new manager of the Resort. Destination Hotels & Resorts will bring its institutional operations experience to the management of the property while its national sales and marketing force will seek to expand both group and leisure business.
The new ownership group will immediately begin developing and implementing a program of property-wide infrastructure upgrades and creating a new long-term vision for the property.
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