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Drury Hotels Breaks Ground in Independence, Missouri

(ST. LOUIS, MO) – May 17, 2010 – Drury Hotels recently broke ground on a new hotel in Independence, Missouri. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2011, the hotel will be Drury’s first in Independence and sixth in the Kansas City metro area.

"We’re excited to continue our growth in western Missouri,” said Chuck Drury, President & CEO of Drury Hotels. “The hotel will bring jobs to the community and great value to guests traveling to and through Missouri.”

A Missouri-based company, Drury Hotels is preparing the foundation of the new hotel, which will feature a brand new exterior design. Inside the 180-room Drury Inn & Suites, guests can expect the same award-winning Drury comfort, service and amenity package along with ample meeting space, accommodating groups from 3 to 250 people.

All guests will enjoy the brand’s signature free Hot Breakfast. Served in the hotel’s expansive seating area, Drury’s breakfast features scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, Belgian waffles and more.

The Drury Inn & Suites value package also includes the recently unveiled 5:30 Kickback®. At the 5:30 Kickback, Drury serves free hot food and cold beverages to all guests. Other free amenities include free long distance and local calls, free popcorn and soda in the lobby, an indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool, exercise room, guest pantry, guest laundry facility and microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms. These inclusive amenities support the brand’s tagline, The Extras Aren’t Extra®.

The Drury Inn & Suites brand has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for ranking "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-Scale Limited Service Hotel Chains" in the firm's 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm for four consecutive years. Last March, Drury also earned top honors in the 2009 Market Metrix Hospitality Index, ranking #1 among Midscale Hotels without Food & Beverage.

Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 130 hotels in 20 states from Arizona to North Carolina and from Texas to Michigan. Brands include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn, Drury Plaza Hotels, Drury Suites, Pear Tree Inn by Drury, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. For a complete listing of all Drury hotels or for reservations, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN.

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