Fairfield Inn opens; Guitar Center, Planet Fitness Plan Celebrations

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The new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott began welcoming guests on April 7.

The four-story, 96-room hotel is located at 89 All Star Court, near the Interstate 70 interchange with US 40 east of Hagerstown.

General Manager Zach Frazier said the hotel offers three basic options; a bedroom with two queen size beds, a bedroom with a king size bed; and a larger suite with a king-size bed and a sofa bed.

The hotel has a lobby bar and free breakfast.

It also offers an outdoor terrace with two fire pits, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness room, a meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 people and a “corner market” with snacks, food and drinks.

“We have about 20 staff on site,” Frazier said.

Most initial staffing needs have been met, he said, but the company is still accepting applications.

The hotel is part of Cohenterprises Inc., a company based in Ijamsville, Maryland.

The company owns the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, Hampton Inn and Suites and SpringHill Suites by Marriott, all in Frederick. It also owns the Courtyard by Marriott and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott near the Valley Mall and has an agreement with Plamondon Hospitality Partners, which manages them, Frazier said.

Frazier is a veteran in the hospitality industry, primarily in South Carolina.

“I actually moved here to join the team,” he said.

He says he has family ties to the area.

Frazier said a grand opening celebration is in the works. A date has not been set.

Opening of the new Guitar Center store

Guitar Center, which bills itself as the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, will celebrate the opening of its new store near Hagerstown on Thursday.

The new store is located at 17730 Garland Groh Blvd. in downtown Hagerstown off US 40 west of Interstate 81.

The store opening celebration will begin at 10 a.m. According to a company press release, Wayne Cowell, executive vice president of Guitar Center stores, and Ken Jockel, store manager, will be on hand.

The over 9,000 square foot store will offer guitars, drums, keyboards, live sound equipment, DJ equipment and recording equipment. It will also offer hands-on electronic music experience, rentals, repairs and an academy of contemporary lessons.

Thursday’s celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free T-shirts for the first 500 customers and raffle giveaways.

The store is Guitar Center’s fifth location in Maryland and will be the company’s second major store opening in 2022.

Planet Fitness will host the grand reopening

Planet Fitness will mark the grand reopening of its Hagerstown club at 1121 Maryland Ave. with a free public celebration from 4-6 p.m. Thursday.

Festivities will include a ribbon cutting, $1,000 check presentation to the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, appearances from the Oriole Bird and 101.5 Bob Rocks, plus specials and giveaways.

Planet Fitness Hagerstown opened in 2009. The facility recently underwent over a million dollar renovations.

Expanded by 4,000 square feet of space, the club now measures 21,250 square feet. It includes a special spa area, new strength and cardio equipment, TRX suspension training, updated locker rooms, new tiled floors in the entrance and a new reception area.

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Open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Planet Fitness Hagerstown offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, a 30-minute express circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, hydromassage beds, massage chairs and tanning beds.

Mike Lewis covers business, economics and other issues. Follow Mike on Twitter at MiLewis.

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