QUEST Orange is still on track for a late June completion, with franchisees appointed.
The building has been under construction since April on the corner of Kite and McNamara streets and has now reached its full, four-storey height.
Quest growth general manager James Shields said work on the roof was due to start, to be complete by Australia Day.
“Then we’ll start fitting out the rooms, bottom to top,” he said.
Furniture would be added in the final month.
We always like to select experienced franchisees because the hardest trading period is in the first two to three years.Quest growth general manager James Shields
Mr Shields anticipated bookings would open about three months before the opening in case any delays were experienced in the meantime.
“But there’s no reason to think we’ll be delayed, we’re on track,” he said.
Studio rooms will likely start at $170 a night.
“The difference between our model and a motel model is we have fully-equipped kitchens with microwaves, hotplates and for all intents and purposes a full-sized fridge,” Mr Shields said.
He said construction had been smooth so far, which he attributed to builder Saran Engineers and Managers.
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Meanwhile the building’s operations have been appointed to a joint venture between franchisees from Nowra and Albury-Wodonga.
Mr Shields said the operations had been hotly contested.
“A lot of people are interested in regional locations because we’ve got a demonstrated track record of success, whether it be Dubbo or Albury,” he said.
“We always like to select experienced franchisees because the hardest trading period is in the first two to three years.”
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The property will feature 77 apartments, including a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
A conference room and gym will also be part of the finished product, along with a cafe, with negotiations still under way with prospective tenants.
Mr Shields said he was excited to open the location given the long process to find a site – the Summer Centre was floated until the then-owner hit financial difficulties.
“We really feel we’ll be successful,” he said.
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