A company that develops Hampton Inns has pulled out of the running to build a convention center hotel but is still interested in downtown Wilmington.
Wilmington Prime Hotels LLC proposed building a Hampton Inn and Suites with 150 rooms that could be expanded to 200. But investors backed out, saying they were waiting too long for a slight chance at getting the convention center agreement with the city, Wilmington Prime Hotels manager John Van Coutren said.
"They wanted to move their resources in another direction. I can only hold it for so long," he said.
[...]Van Coutren said the company had expected the city to make a decision in June based on the timeline that was given to the developers.
A report was made to city council in June but the city decided to hire a consultant at that time to help pick the hotel and facilitate the closure of the agreement.