Major Hotels Plan New Locations on Clovis, Calif.

Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton all plan new locations

"We are booked every weekend," he said. "Clovis is getting big and we already have the land, so we are going to build."

Before Best Western and Comfort Suites, the Rodeo Lodge was the only hotel in town.

When the 58-room Best Western opened June 21, 1997, as the first major hotel chain to locate in Clovis, it was a momentous day. Ellie Huston, of Clovis, made sure to be the first guest who checked in. She and her two granddaughters received the first room key and signed the first names in the guest book.

"It was such a big event for Clovis 10 years ago to have a hotel," Huston said. "It was the start of something big because now we have another hotel and several more are planned."

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