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My Place Hotel opens in Ketchikan
Workers hang a "Now Open" sign above the entrance to the My Place Hotel Thursday. The hotel will have its grand opening on March 9, according to a press release. Staff photo by Taylor Balkom

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — My Place Hotel opened for business on Thursday and has a grand opening scheduled in March.

The conspicuous, three-story hotel is the first of its kind in Ketchikan — a national chain that caters to extended-stay customers at the West End location on North Tongass Avenue. It sits close to the Ketchikan Shipyard and the ferry terminals used by the Alaska Marine Highway System, Ketchikan International Airport and Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

The 64-room hotel was announced in 2015. The lot sat empty until fall 2016, when framing shot up and the hotel quickly began to take shape.

It’s the 29th My Place location to open in the U.S. and the second in the state after Anchorage, according to a Thursday announcement from the company.

Joe Dinger, the company’s vice president overseeing expansion in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, said in a phone interview on Thursday that Ketchikan attracted My Place Hotels’ attention because of its mix of summer leisure and tourism business and year-round industrial and health care activity.

“It was a good mix,” Dinger said, that could support an extended-stay hotel all year.

The site offers daily, weekly and monthly rates to individuals as well as businesses, and Dinger said the company is aiming to establish relationships with local corporations.

My Place Hotel employees approximately 10 people at the moment, but that will increase to between 14 and 16 people in the summer.

The local property will be managed by Carol Domme, formerly of the Super 8 and Edgewater Hotel.

My Place Hotels is based in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It’s a privately held company owned by Legacy Management, LLC. The property was constructed by Legacy Builders, also of Aberdeen, and Dinger didn’t disclose the cost of construction.