Travelodge Hotel


Pradipkumar (PJ) & Kalpana (Karen) Patel
1 Fort Argyle Road
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 925-2640
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PJ and Karen Patel, successful owners of the Sagar Food Mart — a convenience store on the Southside of Savannah — decided three years ago that they wanted to expand their repertoire to include a hotel. So began the search for the right property to house this new business enterprise. After two years, the property was finally located — a 30-year-old hotel located on the Southside of Savannah right off Interstate 95 and Highway 204.

PJ and Karen began working with the local Small Business Development Center (through the University of Georgia system) to prepare a comprehensive business plan and financial projections. Once that was completed, PJ and Karen began working with the SBAC to prepare an SBA 504 loan application for the purchase and renovation of the facility and a 7(a) loan for new furniture for the facility. SBAC helped the Patels to find their bank — First National Bank & Trust Company of Louisville.

PJ and Karen purchased the Red Carpet Inn at the end of 2001 and began to renovate the first of three buildings. In January of 2002, the Patels were able to change the “flag” of the hotel to a more recognized name: Travelodge. By March of 2002, the first building was completed and construction began on the second building. PJ and Karen were able to begin generating revenues with the first 35 rooms while they worked on refurbishing the other 50 rooms.

Construction on all three buildings was complete during the summer of 2002 with the facility open for business and looking great. PJ and Karen are on site daily to greet and assist guests who are there to see the historic City of Savannah as well as road weary travelers needing to stop for the night.

Stop by the Travelodge if you find yourself on Interstate 95 passing through Savannah. PJ and Karen will be happy to show off their lodging accommodations — maybe even rent you a room!