Is the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Flint permanently closing?
It’s been a tough few months for the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Flint, like many businesses, they’ve battled the ongoing pandemic to get things done. Then in December, the hotel lost its franchise brand with the Intercontinental Hotels group. Now rumors are swirling that the end may be near for the once-popular local hotel.
When you call the hotel it sounds like business as usual. The recording talks about renovations and big plans for the place located between I-75 and US-23. Since its construction in 1990, the location has been popular for large events such as weddings, conventions, class reunions and more as it is Genesee County’s largest banquet hall accommodating up to 500 people. Yet what is happening behind closed doors seems to be something less than business as usual.
According to ABC-12, the hotel has informed some guests that their scheduled events will not take place as the venue is closing. According to the report, ELGA Credit Union was scheduled to hold an event at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in March and received a phone call from the center saying they had to cancel because they were closing. There wasn’t much more information provided in the call.
“It was just that I’m sorry we’re closing, we’re not going to be able to host your party,” Karen Church, CEO of ELGA Credit Union, told ABC-12.
I tried calling the venue myself and inquired about the possibility of hosting an event there. I was told that the person who took care of the reservations was no longer at the hotel and that they would find someone to call me back. When I asked if the center was closing, the woman on the phone simply replied, “I just don’t know”.
The Holiday Inn Gateway Center is owned by Terry Riddle, who has yet to comment on the closure rumors.