Minot hotel management speaks on decision to close after 14 years

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MINOT, N.D The iconic Vegas Motel on Minot's north hill has seen a drop in demand for rooms, and it was time for a change.

After 14 years of operation, the Vegas Motel will close.

The building first opened in 1968, but it wasn't until 2004 when it became the Vegas Motel.

Now, the owners are choosing to part ways with the business.

"The main reason for the closure is the supply and demand in the market. The demand is not there to meet the supply of hotel rooms and the abundance of housing in the area" said General Manager Wendy Rupert.

Rupert says that although this is a tough time for her and her staff, she can't help but be reminded of all the good that came to the Vegas.

"We are very fortunate to live in the community that we live in because it only took a day for us to reach out to the other motels, and other people in the community. And all of my employees that want positions, jobs and what not in the community have already been offered positions and accepted other jobs," said Rupert.

But what will come from the vacant space? Rupert say's that she's not sure.

"All possibilities for future opportunities are being explored and it would be great to see the hotel continue in the community because it's been here for a long time. It's a vital part of the north hill," said Rupert.

If the economy turns around, management may bring the Vegas back. But for now, it will be closed.

The hotel will officially close on Sunday, Feb. 26. The last day of business will be on the 25th.

The restaurant inside of the hotel, Sevens, will remain open. The business owner says that they haven't had any issues at their location and welcome the community to come in and enjoy a meal.