22 Jan DeBoer’s Wichita WaterWalk Hotel Apartments success leads to accelerated national expansion
Unfurnished apartments completely leased; strong demand for corporate stays
WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 22, 2015 — At a special on-site event today, WaterWalk Hotel Apartments founder and Consolidated Holdings chairman Jack DeBoer thanked partners, elected officials and community leaders for their support. He talked about the success of the flagship property here, and about national growth of his fifth brand.
“I’m proud to announce, as a result of WaterWalk’s six-week lease-up (selling out unfurnished apartments) and overwhelming acceptance from the corporate market, we currently have 35 franchise sites in various stages of development,” says DeBoer. “The market for WaterWalk is huge. The Highland Group (a respected industry analyst) projects the market for WaterWalk to be more than 450 properties in the U.S.
“What’s brought on this success? We have a unique offering — both a hotel and apartment — with the space and lifestyle of an apartment and the amenities and services of an upscale hotel. It’s two businesses in one location, with all-inclusive pricing,” says DeBoer.
National growth is expected to be primarily through franchises. Construction is expected to start the first half of 2015 on additional properties, with three key cities most likely to be first: Tulsa, Okla., Louisville, Ky., and San Antonio.
Entrenched in WaterWalk’s team culture is delivering exceptional guest service, says president, Jon Wohlfert, “When our guests have a request, we start by saying ‘Yes…Now what is the question?’ ”
Along with access to the 24/7 on-site team, other top likes cited by guests are:
- All-inclusive pricing,
- Security and gated entry,
- Entertainment and restaurant choices in Delano and downtown,
- Quick access to Kellogg, and
- Free health club membership (Genesis at the Wichita Ice Center), just a few steps away.
Groundbreaking for Wichita’s WaterWalk Hotel Apartments was in July 2013. The first guests moved in last fall.
About WaterWalk Hotel & Apartments
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., WaterWalk Hotel Apartments combines the most appealing features of an upscale extended-stay hotel with the lifestyle of apartment living. Guests may choose to stay a day, a week, a month, a year, or longer with an all-inclusive bill for utilities, expanded broadband TV, Internet, phone and concierge services. For the full-service, furnished gold package, housekeeping, breakfast and shuttle service are also provided. WaterWalk Hotel Apartments is the fifth national brand started by Jack DeBoer; his previous brands — with more than 1400 rooms in the U.S. — include Residence Inn owned by Marriott, Summerfield Suites owned by Hyatt, Candlewood Suites owned by IHG, and Value Place, still headquartered in Wichita. More at www.waterwalk.com, 316.219.6060