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Acquisition of Hotel Corner Brook was on Shawn Park’s radar for a long time

<p>Shawn and Melinda Park of Corner Brook are the new owners of the Hotel Corner Brook. They acquired the hotel on June 30 from Martin House.</p>
<p>Shawn and Melinda Park of Corner Brook are the new owners of the Hotel Corner Brook. They acquired the hotel on June 30 from Martin House.</p>

Sometimes when folks get an idea in their head that they want something, they want it now.

That often involves taking what they can get at the time rather than slowing down and waiting for something better to come along.

Patience is a virtue, and Shawn Park would probably be the first to admit it.

Park and his wife Melinda became the new owners of Hotel Corner Brook on June 30 after purchasing the business from Martin House, who bought the establishment in 2002.

“I had interest in this hotel for the last 20 years,” Shawn Park said Friday, quickly outlining the location of the hotel has always been the drawing card for him.

Park tried to purchase a bed and breakfast in the city earlier this year, but he couldn’t make any headway with city officials and gave up on the idea.

He wasn’t about to miss out on a chance at owning the hotel and being what he believes to be the only local to own a hotel in the city.

Park was working on a deal with former owner Bill Hann, but that didn’t pan out and House became the owner. Park would eventually become the owner of Starling’s (formerly Cheers) — a bar adjacent to the hotel — and operate it for 14 years before Paul Starling purchased the business.

Park said hotel employees were issued layoff notices, but were given a chance to stay with the hotel. Some decided to stay, while others moved on, he said.

There will be a new staff in place when it comes to the bar as he looks at carrying out renovations and implementing some ideas he has about getting people to frequent the establishment. 

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition,” he said.

Over the next few months, Park’s focus will be on cleaning up the inside of the hotel by refurbishing the lobby, moving the front desk and making improvements to the rooms, including the installation of air-conditioning units.

“This is going to be an ongoing process,” said Park. “This isn’t going to happen overnight.”

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That often involves taking what they can get at the time rather than slowing down and waiting for something better to come along.

Patience is a virtue, and Shawn Park would probably be the first to admit it.

Park and his wife Melinda became the new owners of Hotel Corner Brook on June 30 after purchasing the business from Martin House, who bought the establishment in 2002.

“I had interest in this hotel for the last 20 years,” Shawn Park said Friday, quickly outlining the location of the hotel has always been the drawing card for him.

Park tried to purchase a bed and breakfast in the city earlier this year, but he couldn’t make any headway with city officials and gave up on the idea.

He wasn’t about to miss out on a chance at owning the hotel and being what he believes to be the only local to own a hotel in the city.

Park was working on a deal with former owner Bill Hann, but that didn’t pan out and House became the owner. Park would eventually become the owner of Starling’s (formerly Cheers) — a bar adjacent to the hotel — and operate it for 14 years before Paul Starling purchased the business.

Park said hotel employees were issued layoff notices, but were given a chance to stay with the hotel. Some decided to stay, while others moved on, he said.

There will be a new staff in place when it comes to the bar as he looks at carrying out renovations and implementing some ideas he has about getting people to frequent the establishment. 

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition,” he said.

Over the next few months, Park’s focus will be on cleaning up the inside of the hotel by refurbishing the lobby, moving the front desk and making improvements to the rooms, including the installation of air-conditioning units.

“This is going to be an ongoing process,” said Park. “This isn’t going to happen overnight.”

Twitter: @WS_SportsDesk

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