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Project plans include an indoor waterpark.
Rendering provided by Imagine Resorts & Hotels
Project plans include an indoor waterpark.

Development group unveils $300M resort in Hollister

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An Orlando, Florida-based development and hospitality group today revealed plans for a $300 million resort and attraction project that's slated to create 450 jobs in Hollister.

Imagine Hospitality LLC, dba Imagine Resorts & Hotels, selected the city near Branson for a 575,000-square-foot resort on 68 acres, according to a news release. Deena Redding, chief development officer for Imagine Resorts, said the group has a parcel of land under contract off of U.S. Highway 65 near La Quinta Inn & Suites and Menards.

The goal is to break ground in the first half of 2021 and open the property in 2023. The name of the resort was not disclosed in the release.

“This resort will be an exciting addition to the area, and we look forward to being an active member of the business community,” said Bruce Neviaser, CEO and managing member of Imagine Resorts, in the release. "In short, we’re thrilled to be welcomed into the region’s tourism family.”

Designs call for:
• a 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark;
• 450 guest rooms and cabins;
• up to eight restaurants;
• 40,000 square feet of family entertainment space;
• 30,000 square feet of convention center space; and
• spa areas for adult and children.

The city of Hollister has been working with the Imagine Resorts team on the plans for three years, according to the release.

"Our city, which already figures prominently in a region that’s known for its incredible commitment to families and fun, is delighted to welcome such a unique resort to our portfolio of travel and entertainment experiences," Mayor David Tate said in the release.

The principals of Imagine Resorts bring years of experience to the project. Together, they've developed and operated more than 40 hotels and family resorts nationwide. They previously founded The Great Lakes Cos., which had more than 4,000 employees and an asset value exceeding $1.2 billion, according to the release.

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