Stories For January 2018

Downtown Milwaukee's InterContinental Hotel (right) is being rebranded as an independent hotel with an arts focus.(Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo


The InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee will close for renovations on Jan. 8, and about 115 people are expected to lose their jobs while the hotel is closed, Marcus Hotels & Resorts Inc. said Friday.

The employees can apply for jobs at other hotels owned by the company, Marcus Hotels & Resorts said in its notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The hotel, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., is expected to  reopen on or before June 1, according to the notice.

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Employees, who are being offered retention bonuses to remain until Jan. 8, can re-apply for their jobs when the hotel reopens, the company said.

The affected workers include servers, housekeeping staff and front-desk clerks.

In January, Marcus Hotels & Resorts said it planned to renovate and re-brand the 221-room hotel as an independent hotel with an arts theme.

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The hotel — which has increased competition from new the Marriott, Kimpton Journeyman and Westin hotels — plans curated exhibits, installations and live performances as part of its theme.

"We saw the chance to do something different and unique and really interesting," Greg Marcus, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Corp., said in January.

Marcus Corp., based in Milwaukee, is the parent company of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

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The hotel is close to some of downtown's major performing arts venues, including the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Pabst Theater and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

The company bought the hotel in 2005 and has operated it under the InterContinental brand since 2007.

The 10-story hotel was built in 1987 and initially operated as a Wyndham Hotel.

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