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EARLIER: Former Holiday Inn open again

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By Josh Moore

The former Holiday Inn Express has reopened in time for the Shelbyville Horse Show next weekend.

An employee answering the phone said the hotel, which now goes by the name Ritz Inn and Suites, is open and has rooms available for the show as of Wednesday. The hotel, with 88 rooms, is one of Shelby County’s largest.

Charlie Kramer, co-director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, said a district representative for the company that owns the hotel called him on Monday or Tuesday to tell him it was now reopened.

An employee at the hotel said staff members were told strictly not to talk to The Sentinel-News.

The hotel was shutdown about two weeks ago, and calls to DMC Hotels, which bought the hotel about four months ago, were not answered then.

Employees said they had been left in the dark about why the hotel was closed or when it would reopen.

The hotel has closed several times over the last few months. Once it was closed by the Kentucky Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes.

Holiday Inn dropped the hotel’s affiliation when it did not receive payment.

A call to DMC again this week was not returned.

 The former Holiday Inn Express has reopened in time for the Shelbyville Horse Show next weekend.

An employee answering the phone said the hotel, which now goes by the name Ritz Inn and Suites, is open and has rooms available for the show as of Wednesday.

Charlie Kramer, director of the Shelbyville-Shelby County Tourism Commission, said a district representative for the company that owns the hotel called him on Monday or Tuesday to tell him it was now reopened.

An employee at the hotel said they were strictly told not to talk to The Sentinel-News.

The hotel was shutdown about two weeks ago, and calls to DMC Hotels, which bought the hotel about four months ago, were not answered then.

Employees said they were left in the dark about why the hotel was closed or when it would reopen.

The hotel has closed several times over the last few months. Once was by the Kentucky Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes.

A call to DMC again Thursday was not returned.