Peachtree on track for record year in new construction

Peachtree Group’s development division, Peachtree Hospitality Development (PHD), is on track to deliver a record year of development achievements. This year, the company has opened three select-service hotels, with another hotel slated to open later in the year, and will break ground on 11 hotels, primarily select-service, across the U.S. In total, Peachtree will add more than 1,500 rooms to its portfolio through these developments.

“While construction starts have been slowed by the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, we have successfully navigated these issues and remain on track to deliver the most hotel openings and groundbreakings in our history,” said Mitul Patel, COO/managing principal, Peachtree.

The hotels opened this year:

  • 95-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Destin, FL
  • 134-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Louisville, KY
  • 157-room SpringHill Suites in Baltimore, MD

The company expects the 132-room Hilton Garden Inn in Florence, KY, to open later this year, as well as two hotels in Florida, the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola and the Hampton Inn Delray Beach, during the first three months of 2023.

“These hotels are already performing extremely well, achieving among the highest performance within their competitive sets in their respective markets,” said Patrick Short, president, Peachtree Hospitality Management, a division of Peachtree and operator of the properties. “These results are also a testament to the popularity of select-service hotels, which address today’s traveler’s value and convenience preferences.”

According to Ernst and Young, “The rise of select-service hotels is indicative of the shifting preferences of travelers and hoteliers. Due to the segment’s higher operating margins and decreased construction costs, select-service is expected to remain favored by hotel investors and developers seeking a hotel product that addresses the value and convenience preferences of today’s traveler.”

The 11 groundbreakings:

  • 118-room SpringHill Suites in Lexington, KY
  • 112-room Residence Inn in Plainfield, IN
  • 122-room Home2 Suites by Hilton in Ashburn, VA
  • 274-room Tempo by Hilton and SpringHill Suites in Atlanta
  • 98-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Jackson, TN
  • 120-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Palmdale, CA
  • 114-room Hilton Garden Inn in Buford, GA
  • 123-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, FL
  • 136-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Maui, HI
  • 257-room Embassy Suites by Hilton in Gulf Shores, FL
  • 151-room Curio by Hilton in Paso Robles, CA

These hotels are expected to begin opening in late 2023 and into 2024.

Peachtree is actively building new hotels in opportunity zones. Created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the purpose of opportunity zones is to spur economic growth and create jobs in low-income communities by incentivizing investment in roughly 8,700 regions across the country.

“While not every opportunity zone needs a hotel, these zones are typically in downtown markets, near airports, near industrial parks, near universities—places that hotels have historically done well,” said Brian Waldman, chief investment officer, Peachtree. “Investing in these areas positively impacts low-income communities, as they can boost economic growth and job creation.”

Peachtree will break ground on three opportunity zones, including the Hampton Inn and Suites in Maui, which will be only the second-branded hotel in the Maui airport area. The other two are in Paso Robles, CA, and Plainfield, IN.

“Hotel investments are poised to be the most resilient commercial real estate asset class in today’s macroeconomic climate, and we expect hotels to perform well for the foreseeable future,” Waldman said. “As new hotels outperform older assets, we expect to continue to be active in our development program.”