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One of three Convention Center hotel bids pulled


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One of the three developers that wanted to build a hotel at the Wilmington Convention Center has withdrawn its bid.

Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert confirmed that Wilmington Prime Hotels LLC pulled its bid to build a Hampton Inn next to the Convention Center downtown. Talbert said City Council has been looking for a full-service hotel. A Hampton Inn would likely not fulfill that requirement.

Talbert said the two remaining bids are for a Crowne Plaza and a Sheraton, which would be full service.

The city has been searching for a hotel developer for years. Previous plans have fallen through because of problems with financing.

Last spring the city issued another call for bids. This time developers were required to commit to a $1 million surety to prove they have the financial resources to start the project in six months.

A consultant is expected to make a recommendation to City Council next month on which bid to select.

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