The opening of the Marriott hotel on track

Barring unforeseen events, construction of the four-story TownePlace Suites by Marriott at White Hall is on track and will open this fall.

That’s the last word from Umesh “UE” Patel, owner and developer of the White Hall company, which is building the $10 million+ extended stay facility at the west end of Sheridan Road, just off Interstate 530, exit 34.

Construction began in April 2021 and is expected to take around 18 months to build the hotel, Patel said.

Rooms will provide guests with kitchens and other amenities needed for a longer stay, and Patel said he expects most of his bookings will be from foreigners, especially those working with local businesses. .

TownePlace Suites, along with the construction of the three-story Relyance Bank headquarters across the street, are dramatically changing this part of town, said White Hall Mayor Noel Foster.

The bank opened on Tuesday.

Foster said the hotel and bank are creating excitement in the city, and he thinks these projects will “spur” additional development in this White Hall area.

“We’ve worked with Umesh and its management team in the past,” Foster said, adding that they will continue to work with the developer in the future.

Joe Spadoni, president of the White Hall Chamber of Commerce, said the hotel will enhance the community.

“TownePlace Suites by Marriott will be a wonderful addition to White Hall,” Spadoni said.


Patel opened its first Metro in Dumas in 1999, but eventually turned its attention to White Hall.

Patel’s existing retail investments in White Hall include a Dairy Queen, Holiday Inn Express and upcoming openings White Hall Plaza and TownePlace Suites.

Additionally, he built Colton’s Steak House and sold it to Daniel Ray last year. The franchise restaurant attracts customers from White Hall and Pine Bluff, I-530 travelers and people from southeast Arkansas.

Patel said he was committed to building a better White Hall.

White Hall investor and business owner Umesh ‘EU’ Patel poses with his wife and business partner Nilam Patel. (Special for Commercial)

Kasandra J. Stone