Choice Hotels Signs Agreement with Former Football Pro Christopher Harrison

To Develop a New Cambria hotel & suites in Petersburg

VAROCKVILLE, Md. - March 8, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced it has signed an agreement with C. A. Harrison Companies, LLC, to develop a Cambria hotel & suites in Petersburg, VA. The 140-room Cambria property will be located at 380 East Washington Street.

C. A. Harrison Companies was founded in 1998 by former NFL offensive tackle Christopher Harrison, who spent his football career playing for the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. Since its inception, the company has sought to transform neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas by creating affordable living and homeownership opportunities. In recent years, the company has expanded its focus to include development of mixed-use and commercial properties, with Cambria hotel & suites Petersburg, VA being its first hotel venture.

"We're committed to working with a diverse group of owner and operators, and we are proud to work with Chris Harrison, an emerging leader in the African American business community, who continuously sets the standard of excellence with his projects," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO, Choice Hotels International. "Choice has a long-standing commitment to diversity across our business; in fact, we were one of the first lodging companies to begin focusing on minority developers in 2004 when we created a dedicated emerging markets team focused on minority franchise development, said Joyce."

Designed as a business travel and leisure brand, all Cambria hotels & suites properties feature a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere; oversized rooms with flexible spaces; and the latest technology that allows guests to stay connected while they travel.

"Over the course of my career I've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, so I know what makes for a great hotel experience," said Harrison. "The Cambria brand is known for its exceptional guest experience, making Choice Hotels the obvious partner for developing an upscale and affordable lodging destination in Petersburg."

As with all Cambria hotels & suites, the Petersburg property will feature other fine amenities such as a contemporary bistro, Social Circle™, serving a menu comprised of local specialties created by Chef Michael DeMaria; liquor, wine, beer and freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches; and a barista bar. This property will also boast meeting space, an indoor pool and an outdoor courtyard. Additionally, the complex will include 26,700 square feet of retail and office spaces and up to 100 residential apartment units.

About Cambria hotels & suites

Cambria hotels & suites makes business travel easier—and more fun—than ever before. Offering modern décor, rooms that feel like an upgrade, and fresh, local cuisine at our Social Circle™ restaurant, Cambria makes every guest feel like a VIP. There are currently 25 properties open across the country and 30 under development in the U.S. andCanada. To learn more, visit

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging companies. With more than 6,400 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International® represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of December 31, 2015, 720 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 25 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join.  All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at for more information.

About C. A. Harrison Companies

C. A. Harrison Companies focuses on revitalizing transitional neighborhoods. When possible, CAH acquires neglected buildings and substantially rehabilitates them to their former grandeur. Through several years of close management and oversight of our development projects, CAH has acquired substantial expertise in the acquisition and construction of quality urban housing in the metropolitan DC region, Central Virginia, and the Carolinas. For more information, visit

©2016 Choice Hotels International, Inc.  All rights reserved.

SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.


Scott Carman
Choice Hotels

Christopher Harrison
The C.A. Harrison Companies


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