Hotel, grocery store, day care highlight growth in Humboldt

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

A new Fareway grocery store in Humboldt is ahead of schedule and may open as early as this summer.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson A new Fareway grocery store in Humboldt is ahead of schedule and may open as early as this summer.

CHAD THOMPSON

HUMBOLDT — A new hotel, a new Fareway grocery store and a day care center are among the ongoing projects demonstrating strong economic growth in Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Development Association announced plans in the fall to build a new AmericInn Hotel to be located just off U.S. Highway 169 in Humboldt.

The 30,000-square-foot, two-story hotel will feature 41 rooms as well as a breakfast area and pub, according to Alissa O’Connor, director of the Humboldt County Development Association.

“We actually took out an entire room to accommodate an expanded breakfast area,” O’Connor said. “That’s going to be a wonderful project for us.”

The hotel will also feature an indoor pool, O’Connor said.

A group of local investors are backing the project.

Based on feedback received from businesses in the Humboldt area, O’Connor said the addition of the hotel is seen as a need.

“We learned from businesses that in many situations they were having to send potential recruitments to other areas to stay,” O’Connor said.

Construction on the hotel began in late October, O’Connor reported.

She said the goal is for the hotel to open Memorial Day weekend.

“I think it’s great for economic growth to have additional lodging services,” O’Connor said. “We are excited for that. Being able to accommodate those people — being able to accommodate those travelers.”

Another major project in the works is a new day care center.

According to O’Connor, the availability of day care in the county has a direct impact on workforce.

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