Downtown Sumter’s revitalization efforts may have kicked off 10 years ago, picked up speed three years ago and rocket-launched into activity, openings and a new Main Street scene in the last year, but perhaps the most noticeable difference downtown is now open for business.
Hyatt Place Sumter/Downtown marked its official opening on Friday at noon. First-time customers were invited to check in to the 93-room, four-story hotel, and the bar and cafe began offering Sumterites and travelers alike its menu of Starbucks coffee, cocktails, freshly prepared meals or packaged sandwiches and salads.
“We are very excited to finally open our doors to the public,” said Michael Brown, director of sales and marketing for the new hotel. The Sumter native is responsible for recruiting and managing the hotel’s corporate partners, social groups and events and implements marketing efforts and strategies for the hotel, according to a news release.
Brown said there were about 30 reservations for opening night, “mostly just locals who wanted to experience the hotel, so that was great to see.”