Plans for hotel not confirmed; source says convention center and restaurant will remain open

Burlington’s Ramada Inn has closed.

The owners of the property at 2703 Ramada Road, off Alamance Road and Interstate 40-85, have not divulged plans for it. However, Grace VandeVisser, executive director of the Burlington/Alamance County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Tuesday, April 17, that she understands the hotel’s convention center and restaurant will remain, while the 138-room hotel portion will be demolished.

“I am optimistic,” VandeVisser said. “I am hoping they are considering putting something else up there. It is a prime piece of real estate.”

The Koury family owns the property, as well as the Best Western Hotel on Huffman Mill Road. County records place the value of the property at $3.3 million. The hotel was purchased in 1971.

When reached by the Times-News on Tuesday, Ernest Koury Jr. referred questions to his sister, Teena Koury, who did not immediately respond to a voicemail.

With the hotel’s closing, Alamance County now has around 1,550 rooms.

The closing comes at an inconvenient time for parents and families of Elon University students, who have to make other arrangement for the upcoming May graduations.

Graduating Elon Senior Cassandra Borglum said her mother made reservations for May 18–20 last June. She is now staying in Mebane.

“This hasn't majorly affected any travel plans, but it was extremely stressful trying to find another location relatively close to campus for the weekend on such short notice, since most reservations for that weekend were made and filled months in advance, even going back to last May and June,” Borglum said.

Reporter Bill Cresenzo can be reached at bcresenzo@thetimesnews.com or 336-506-3041. Follow him on Twitter at @BillCresenzoTN.