Generation acquires Charlotte, NC MainStay Suites

(RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC) The MainStay Suites at 7926 Forest Pines Drive in the fast-growing southwest Charlotte area was recently acquired and is now being managed by The Generation Companies LLC (Generation), a Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based real estate developer, asset manager and operator of extended-stay hotels in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and Texas. According to Jeff Castleberry, Generation's Director of Acquisitions, the extended-stay hotel, built in 2002, is slated for selective upgrades to the guest rooms and hotel lobby. "This is a great opportunity for Generation to make its first entry into the desirable Charlotte market," he explained. "Purchasing the MainStay provides the most economically-viable approach to establishing a presence in Charlotte, given the high land and construction costs. This represents a great strategic location as the hotel is easily accessible to both the I-77 corridor and to the fast-growing I-485 corridor."

The 77-room property features larger than typical guest rooms boasting a large work area with bright task lighting and free, wireless high-speed Internet access; fully-equipped kitchens in each room; free continental breakfast; guest laundry; business center; fitness center and outdoor pool. MainStay Suites is part of Choice Hotels International, Inc., which also includes Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn and Clarion. The new owner and manager, Generation, has been honored with numerous national Choice Hotels awards and is the brand's largest extended-stay hotel franchisee. "This is our first hotel purchase since Jeff came on with us as our Director of Acquisitions," said President and CEO of The Generation Companies, H. Mark Daley, III. "Jeff and the Generation team closed this transaction flawlessly in under 60 days. We look forward to additional extended-stay hotel acquisitions in 2008."

The Generation Companies is a Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based real estate developer, asset manager and operator of extended-stay hotels in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. Generation has more than 2400 hotel rooms and $200 million in real estate assets under management, and employs over 350 associates at 24 properties, with more under construction. Generation is actively seeking new acquisition and development opportunities in the extended stay segment. For more about Generation, visit www.generationcompanies.com.

CONTACT: Jeff Castleberry/ Director of Acquisitions/ The Generation Companies/ 919.313.7224/ [email protected]

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