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Greyhound bus station to be transformed into hotel

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City leaders see a new hotel as welcome news to the Mid-South convention industry, which has struggled with a shortage of hotels in the Downtown area. City leaders see a new hotel as welcome news to the Mid-South convention industry, which has struggled with a shortage of hotels in the Downtown area.

(WMC-TV) - For decades a Greyhound bus station served as a site of many emotional departures and great reunions of loved ones coming home to Memphis.

Now former riders will soon see the old bus station transformed into a new upscale hotel. Knoxville-based Turkey Creek Hospitality wrapped up the purchase of the property and plan to build a new Hilton Garden Inn Thursday on the site featuring 140 rooms.

City leaders see a new hotel as welcome news to the Mid-South convention industry, which has struggled with a shortage of hotels in the Downtown area.

"I think this will be a nice complement. I think this hotel will be a nice complement to AutoZone Park across the street from FedexForum Beale Street and other businesses along this corridor," said Kevin Kane, MCVB.

A Hilton worldwide official described the deal as a point of pride for the company. Memphis is home to Hilton Worldwide, Memphis Commercial Service Center, and the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

The new hotel is described as an upscale venture with plenty of the Bluff City's musical flavor and energy. To make way for the new hotel an old building will have to be torn down. Officials say to look for the new Hilton Garden Inn to open in May of 2016.

Turkey Creek Hospitality also bought 235 Union Avenue. It is a 186-space parking lot next to the former Greyhound bus station.

It was purchased in September of last year, and there are plans to make it into a 115-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel.

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