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             Red Roof Inn Announces Return to its Roots
    The economy lodging brand will re-establish its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO—(November 28, 2007)—Red Roof Inn, an innovative leader in the
economy lodging segment, announced today that the company’s headquarters will return to its
hometown, Columbus, Ohio. The brand’s new corporate office will be located at 605 South
Front Street in Columbus’ historic Brewery District. In addition, the company will maintain its
current Columbus training facility located at 121 E. Nationwide Boulevard.

―Red Roof Inn has great history with the City of Columbus,‖ said Joe Wheeling, CEO for Red
Roof Inn. ―We were founded here 35 years ago and are excited to return to our roots. Columbus
is the perfect market for us—the city is centrally-located to our brand, has a great workforce and
an exceptional community.‖

Red Roof Inn was incorporated by founder James R. Trueman in 1972 and its first Inn opened
in Columbus, Ohio, with a single room rate of $8.50 in 1973. The brand established its first
headquarters in the German Village area of Columbus and then later moved to Hilliard, Ohio
until Accor North America acquired the brand in 1999. Under Accor’s management, Red Roof
Inn moved its base of operations to Accor North America’s headquarters in Carrollton, Texas, a
suburb of Dallas. In April 2007, Accor sold Red Roof Inn to Citi’s Global Special Situations
Group and Westbridge Hospitality Fund, L.P. for $1.313 billion, prompting Red Roof Inn’s
search for a new headquarters.

―Red Roof Inn’s return to Columbus is a great addition to our local economy and a great choice
for their future,‖ said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. ―We are excited that Red Roof Inn's nationally
recognized corporate headquarters will call Columbus' Brewery District home and we welcome
the new jobs to the city.‖

The City of Columbus, through the Columbus Department of Development, awarded Red Roof
Inn a jobs growth incentive equal to 30 percent of the withholding for new employees as an
incentive to make Columbus the home for its corporate headquarters. The State of Ohio also
awarded the brand incentives for re-establishing its base of operations in Columbus, including a
50 percent Jobs Creation Tax Credit for a five-year term.

The Red Roof Inn headquarters will be comprised of accounting, legal, franchising, construction,
training and administrative departments. The brand intends to add an additional 80 employees
over the next 18 – 24 months who will occupy the new work space.

―We are pleased to welcome Red Roof Inn as a new corporate tenant at Brewers Yard,‖ said
Doug Godard, senior vice president for CB Richard Ellis and leasing agent for the office
property. ―Red Roof Inn’s headquarters relocation adds to the excitement and momentum of the
vibrant Brewery District.‖
Red Roof Inn is considered a leader in economy lodging because of its dedication to guest
satisfaction. The brand currently has more than 325 properties nationwide and is working to
strategically grow through franchising, acquisitions and new development.

Red Roof Inn plans to occupy its new office space in the first quarter of 2008. For more
information on employment opportunities with Red Roof Inn, please visit


About Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn has more than 325 locations nationwide. Smart by Design® amenities include free local phone calls,
complimentary gourmet coffee and USA Today in the lobby, rooms equipped with clock radios, voicemail, and an
enhanced in-room entertainment package with video games and more than 14 channels, including HBO, HBO2 and
HBO Signature. Red Roof Inn provides pet friendly accommodations, snack centers and photocopy and facsimile
services. Most Red Roof Inn locations are equipped with T-Mobile HotSpot wi-fi service in guestrooms and lobbies.
RediCard® Preferred Members enjoy faster reservations via a dedicated toll-free number, express check-in,
complimentary room delivery of USA Today, priority room requests and free faxes, along with a generous awards
program for free room nights, Delta SkyMiles, or a free T-Mobile day pass. For more information or reservations call
1-800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663) or visit

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