Whitbread secures two Travelodge sites for Premier Inn

Whitbread has exchanged contracts to secure two trading Travelodge hotels for Premier Inn sites.

Agreements with private landlords will see the trading Travelodge Bury St Edmunds and Travelodge London Uxbridge sites be converted into Premier Inns.

The move reportedly meets Whitbread’s identified demand for additional bedrooms in these locations. 

Mark Anderson, managing director for Property and International at Whitbread, said: “Securing new Premier Inn hotels in Bury St Edmunds and Uxbridge is a strategic investment by Whitbread in popular markets for business and leisure travel. 

“It’s part of our ongoing strategy of growing market share, through Whitbread’s strong balance sheet and financial flexibility and resilience, in locations where we are underrepresented and where we see opportunities to create long-term value for our shareholders and guests.”

Premier Inn has an existing hotel in Bury St Edmunds, located to the south, within the town centre. In addition, it has an existing 80-bedroom site near the town centre of Uxbridge, which opened in February 2016. Whitbread said it has been “actively pursuing” a site in Uxbridge town centre to complement its existing hotel. 

The timescale for converting the hotels into Premier Inns is yet to be confirmed.