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Groundskeepers, room attendants among Pheasant Run layoffs

56-year-old resort is for sale

ST. CHARLES – From bartenders to cooks to a director of sales and marketing, Pheasant Run Resort’s plans to lay off 149 employees as part of a restructuring plan will affect a variety of employees.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina was informed of the restructuring plan and pending layoffs in a Nov. 12 letter from Christine Andrews, vice-president of people and culture for Hostmark Hospitality Group, which manages Pheasant Run Resort.

Colliers International is listing the 56-year-old resort as being for sale on its website. The hotel is being listed as a “confidential offering” and no sale price is listed.

Pheasant Run employees 190 people. The letter states that consistent with the restructuring plan, “employment separations are expected to commence on or possibly before Jan. 12, 2020.”

Hostmark was required to notify the city of the pending layoffs as part of the Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers with 75 or more full-time employees to give workers and state and local government officials 60 days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff.

The letter also states the layoffs may come in stages, depending on business demands as the resort undergoes restructuring. Among those being laid off are eight room attendants, 14 bartenders, three banquet bartenders, four host/hostesses, 14 cocktail servers, five food servers, a bar manager, a baker, an assistant executive chef, 10 cooks, two dishwashers, two reservation agents, two convention services managers, two golf superintendents, nine groundskeepers, a human resources coordinator, a director of sales and marketing, a marketing manager and two sales managers.

During the recession in 2011, the 293-room resort at 4051 E. Main St. went into foreclosure. Saint Charles Resort LLC, a group of experienced hotel investors and operators, in 2014 bought Pheasant Run, which since then has been managed by Schaumburg-based Hostmark Hospitality Group.

Colliers’ website refers to a redevelopment plan to “rightsizing [the] hotel to efficient 202 rooms in existing tower with streamlined food and beverages.” The plan also involves “new construction of market-leading lobby, restaurant and bar, banquet and meeting space, and renovation of existing 202 tower rooms to brand standards.”

In addition, plans are to “rejuvenate” amenities at the resort such as the Zanies comedy club, indoor-outdoor pool and the Mega Center. The sale of the resort also includes the opportunity to acquire two resort outparcels for “complementary development.”

Pheasant Run Resort generates between $500,000 and $600,000 in tax revenue for the city, St. Charles City Administrator Mark Koenen said. City officials are concerned about the loss of revenue if Pheasant Run closed.

“There would be a big hole in the budget,” St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said. “You would have to find something to close that hole.”

Rogina said the city wants to work with the resort’s owner or “any developer that comes in there to retool or restructure the property.”

He noted that across the street from Pheasant Run, Fox Valley Volkswagen in recent years moved to the site of the former DuPage Expo Center.

“It was a very nice conversion,” Rogina said.

Tonya Scott recently was named general manager of the Pheasant Run Resort. Neither Scott nor officials from Hostmark Hospitality Group could be reached for comment.

In 2016, the DuPage Airport Authority filed a lawsuit to acquire the resort through eminent domain. The airport authority later reached an agreement with the ownership of Pheasant Run.

The airport authority filed the lawsuit over its concerns about potential residential development on the resort’s golf course, which abuts the DuPage Airport, according to the release. Pheasant Run is directly north of DuPage Airport.

Under the agreement, the airport authority will not seek to acquire the resort or the adjoining frontage parcels along East Main Street. A news release at the time indicated the airport authority will only acquire part of the golf course behind the resort and adjacent to the airport.

Edward McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in February 1963 on land that was previously a dairy farm owned by Colonel Edward Baker.

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