New hotel planned for White Lodging's home in Merrillville, IN
New Development Will Celebrate the Vision and Legacy of the Man Who Developed the Original Star Plaza Complex
The Radisson at Star Plaza and the adjacent Star Plaza Theatre complex, which has been an icon of the Merrillville community and Northwest Indiana for decades, will be permanently closing its doors in the coming months to make way for a new complex at the intersection of I-65 and US 30.
The hotel will close in January 2017 and the theater will close April 30, 2017.
This complex, managed by White Lodging Services since the company’s inception in 1985, has been an integral part of the community since 1969, when it opened as a Holiday Inn. The move is being made to provide for the development of a new, state-of-the-art hospitality, meeting and training facility along with a full service nationally branded upscale hotel scheduled to open late summer 2018.
“The decision to close the Radisson and Star Plaza Theatre was carefully analyzed and not taken lightly. As part of this community – and even more as a part of the White family – I know what the property has meant to all of us,” stated founder Bruce White, Chairman and CEO, White Lodging. “However, when we looked at the enormously positive impact the new facility can have on the area, we realized this would be the logical, next chapter of my father’s dream. And, this new chapter and fresh look will help put Northwest Indiana on the right track to attract new visitors and groups as well as new jobs and opportunities for the community”
Originally known as the “Holiday Star,” the Radisson at Star Plaza was the brainchild of Dean White, the father of White Lodging’s founder Bruce White. The hotel and its restaurants, as well as the adjacent theater, turned the I-65 and US 30 interchange in Merrillville into a retail and hospitality mecca.
The intimate 3,400 seat theatre was opened in 1979 and proved to be a key stop for hundreds of A-list performers and shows who entertained hundreds of thousands of northwest Indiana and greater Chicagoland residents. The theatre’s 37-year legacy will end after its current season ends April 30, 2017.
“No matter how large our company becomes, it is extremely important to me to keep our headquarters in the same city where we started,” Bruce White said. “I know the community will be proud of this new hotel, just like they were of the Radisson.”
For more information, please read the press release here.