Business developer Rafique Jangda and his business partners of the Sugar Land-based Kenedy Investment Group, LLC, attended the meeting, along with their families, in order to address the council in a way that showed unity and purpose.
Jangda formally spoke before the council regarding the specific goal of building a La Quinta Inn and Suites off of US 181 in Karnes City.
“Our group has multiple talents. All of us have large business experience,” said Jangda of his investment group. “We have experience in software and computers; we are engineers; we have experience in international trading; and most importantly, for the business that we are in, we have experience in the hospitality and restaurant business.”
Jangda cited that the new La Quinta would meet the demands of a growing and expanding city in regards to the increasing need for quality temporary and overnight lodging with great customer service.
“We were able to arrange a franchise agreement with La Quinta,” said Jangda. “Our plan and our vision is to bring a brand name hotel to Karnes City. I think everybody would agree that La Quinta is a big brand name here in Texas, as well as in the United States.”
Jangda went on to describe his vision to operate an urban-style La Quinta with world class service in Karnes City. Jangda described some of the features and amenities that the La Quinta will have. According to Jangda, the La Quinta will be four stories high, have at least 70 rooms, a business center, a gym, a pool, among others.
“It will have king suites, it will have queen suites,” said Jangda. “It will have a combination of suites, so we can accommodate all kinds of people who are doing business in the area.”
The status of the La Quinta in Karnes City is still in the planning and preparation phase. Jangda stated that the goal is to have the La Quinta built and ready for operation by the end of 2013, if all goes as planned.
“We have acquired the land and the engineering is going on as we speak,” he said. “The architect selection is about to happen. Once that is done, then we’ll go looking for the building companies that will build the hotel for us.”
Jangda stressed the importance that he and his associates placed on being more than just a business group, and how a sense of responsibility to the well-being of the community was priority.
“We want to be good corporate citizens,” he said. “Mayor Tymrak made it very clear from our very first meeting that he doesn’t want an RV park, he doesn’t want a man-camp. He wants something that can be good for the community, as well as something that is supportive of the businesses that are already here.”
Mayor Don Tymrak said he has investigated and examined the business’ history and dealings of the investment group, and how their character and integrity played out in other ventures.
“You came in with your group and really and sincerely wanted to be part of the community and be corporate citizens,” said Tymrak to Jangda. “I really felt strongly that you were asking sincerely about what you can do for Karnes City, that you’re not just coming here just to make money, but rather to really help build this city.”