Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is behind a banner change of the Days Inn near the outdoor retailer’s flagship store.
Cara Walker of Walker Hospitality Group LLC confirmed the company sold the 621 W. Sunshine St. hotel to Morris' Big Cedar Lodge last week for undisclosed terms. Signage at the hotel has been removed, and Springfield Business Journal observed workers in Bass Pro T-shirts remodeling the lobby.
An employee who answered the hotel’s phone number said, “Angler’s Inn at 621 W. Sunshine.”
“We have recently acquired the Days Inn,” the employee said, before referring further questions to Janet Glaser, public relations manager for Big Cedar Lodge.
Glaser pointed to Bass Pro spokesman Jack Wlezien, who declined to comment. On the Missouri secretary of state’s website, Angler’s Inn is listed as a fictitious name registered by Big Cedar LLC at 2500 E. Kearney St., the same address as Bass Pro’s headquarters. Jim Hagale, Bass Pro’s president and chief operating officer, also is listed on the business filing.
Walker, who said the Days Inn employees moved to Walker Hospitality’s two La Quinta Inns in Springfield, said the hotel likely would reopen in late January.
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