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Red Lion Hotels Coming to Big D

Dallas-Fort Worth

Last week, we sat down with Red Lion Hotels interim CEO Jim Evans and CFO Julie Shiflett in NYC, who say the hotelier is ready to make a comeback in the Western US after spending three years cleaning up its balance sheet. The Spokane-based company had a significant Pacific Northwest presence during the '80s and '90s before being bought out by Doubletree and later Hilton. After dropping to 16 franchised hotels, it's planning to expand to 50 over the next year throughout major primary and secondary markets from Washington to Arizona, as well as jumping into Texas for the first time, including Dallas. (There are plenty of cities to watch their favorite football teams play in away games: Julie's an avid Washington State Cougars fan, while Jim follows Notre Dame. Not to be outdone, Red Lion's general counsel used to play for Santa Clara.) Wanna see more? Check out Friday's Bisnow Hotel Sheet.