New hotel nears completion

The first full-service hotel in the Town of Oliver is taking shape, and is about a month away from opening to the public.

Mundi Hotel Enterprises began building the 80-room Coast Hotel on Station Street in November, and the projected opening at the end of June will come just over seven months after construction began.

The hotel will employ about 25 staff during tourist season, and Coast Hotels is hosting a hiring fair in Oliver on Friday to search for front desk and breakfast bar staff, as well as housekeeping and maintenance staff. The job fair is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oliver WorkBC office, at 291 Fairview Road.

Mundi Hotel Enterprises owns the new Oliver hotel, and president Ron Mundi said the company also purchased the Coast Hotel in Osoyoos on May 1, located about 20 kilometres away.

The Osoyoos Coast Hotel has been closed since May 10 due to flooding from Osoyoos Lake, and Mundi says it will likely reopen in early July — about a week after the expected grand opening at the Oliver Coast Hotel.

"Kind of bad luck from mother nature... Lots of clean up needs to be done," Mundi said, noting there's no more floodwater in the hotel as Osoyoos Lake has continued to steadily drop.

Mundi expects the two Coast Hotels will complement each other once both are up and running early in the summer. He has also been approved to construct a 90-room hotel in Penticton on the site of the old bingo hall,

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