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Originally published June 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM | Page modified June 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM

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Semiahmoo sold, to reopen soon

Six months after closing and laying off more than 200 employees, a $19.5 million purchase of the resort and its two golf courses has management seeing a reopening by summer’s end.

Seattle Times business reporter

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Semiahmoo Resort and the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club and Loomis Trails golf courses in Blaine, Whatcom County, have been sold for $19.5 million.

Resort Semiahmoo and Wright Hotels, a regional hotel asset-management company based in Seattle, are the new owners. The 198-room hotel closed Dec. 1, and 224 workers lost their jobs.

“We have a long list of improvements to be made,” said Stuart Rolfe, president of Wright Hotels, in a news release. Improvements include adding premium bedding, fixing operating systems and a major cleaning.

“The resort’s expansive spa will be restored, and all athletic facilities will receive attention to bring them to full utility,” Rolfe said.

The partners plan to spend $6 million on improvements and reopen in August.

“The goal is that people will be comfortable,” said Jerry Anches, a partner in Resort Semiahmoo and Cedarbrook Lodge. “It won’t be anywhere near where we want it to be but at least they will be able to get a feel for what it was like before.”

Wright Hotels operates more than 40 hotels in 15 states. In Washington state, it manages Springhill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown and Spring­hill Suites Seattle-Bothell.

The Resort Semiahmoo ownership group is comprised of the same key players involved with buying the 110-room Cedarbrook Lodge near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October 2009 for $9 million.

Cedarbrook was opened in 2002 as a corporate training center for the defunct Washington Mutual but put up for sale by JPMorgan Chase.

Coastal Hotel Group, a Seattle area hospitality-management company, runs Cedarbrook Lodge and has been hired to manage Semiahmoo Resort and its golf courses, the statement said.

Marissa Evans: 206-464-3701

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