Former Prince Albert hotel owners see success down south

Jodi Schellenberg
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A Prince Albert businessman has had a new hotel he built in Moosomin named his chain’s property of the year in Western Canada.

The Tesar family proudly holds up two awards their Motel 6 in Moosomin recently won. From left, Tammy Tesar, Josef Tesar Jr., Josef Tesar Sr. and Kristal Tesar. Missing Jessica Tesar-Valois.

Josef Tesar Sr. and family were presented the award last week for the Motel 6 he owns along the Trans-Canada Highway in the southeastern part of the province.

The hotel also received the Western Canadian nod for best customer service.

“We would like to thank Roman Chernykh, general manager, and the rest of the staff for their support and dedication and to all our customers because without them this hotel wouldn’t be possible,” Tesar Sr. said.

The Tesar family, who used to own the Ramada Inn in Prince Albert, now owns the Motel 6 in Moosomin.

When the family decided to sell the hotel in Prince Albert after being in the city for 30 years, they decided to look for new opportunities.

The motel, which is family owned and independently managed, is located right off the Trans-Canada highway.

Tesar Sr. said they decided to build in the southern part of the province due to the economic growth that is happening in that part of Saskatchewan.

Not only is there a boom of potash, wheat and oil, he said, but there is also CN investment.

“There was a great opportunity to build for us to try something challenging,” he said.

“It was a little bit of a challenge because it is one of the largest hotels in the area and at the time we didn’t know whether a small community such as that could support such a large hotel,” his son Josef Tesar Jr. added. “Obviously it has come full circle and been well-received by the community (and customers).”

Not only is there more natural resources in the area, Tesar Sr. said a million-barrel-a-day pumping station will be positioned in Moosomin soon by the East Energy Oil Piping company.

“That should make that area ever busier in coming years,” he said.

Even though their motel, which will be celebrating its second anniversary on July 6, is in a smaller community, the family-owned business beat out motels in much larger cities throughout Western Canada.

“It was a nice challenge,” Tesar Sr. said. “It is nice to be challenged by the big communities and the big cities in Western Canada.”

Some of their success while running the Ramada Inn in Prince Albert helped them achieve greatness in Moosomin, he added.

“After 30 years of being in business in Prince Albert, we had a huge customer base of local and many of the same customers are still supporting us,” he said.

In addition, while running the Prince Albert business they won a Saskatchewan Better Business Bureau award.

The family took many of the same values and operating techniques to their motel in Moosomin.

In the future Tesar Sr. is hoping to expand and build another Motel 6 in a new location.

Organizations: Prince Albert hotel, Motel 6, Ramada Inn Trans-Canada Highway CN Saskatchewan Better Business Bureau

Geographic location: Moosomin, Western Canada, Saskatchewan

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