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John Day Motel under new management

Updated facilities in the works
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 11, 2017 12:32PM

Nicki and Ken Mayhead stand for a photo in front of the John Day Motel.

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Nicki and Ken Mayhead stand for a photo in front of the John Day Motel.

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Nicki and Ken Mayhead stand for a photo in front of the John Day Motel.

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Nicki and Ken Mayhead stand for a photo in front of the John Day Motel.

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Instead of selling the John Day Motel, Ken and Nicki Mayhead are putting money back into it to recuperate from past losses.

To revamp the motel, the couple are adding new carpets, fridges, TVs, mattresses, heaters and air conditioners, as well as roughly $6,500 worth of new bedding and towels. Additionally, they plan to repaint the motel and add a new sign.

“I don’t take a loss on anything,” Ken said.

Ken bought the motel in 2006 with his uncle but didn’t directly manage it. After noticing significant losses, the two decided a more hands-on strategy was needed.

Nicki said they planned to run a “reputable business.”

The motel, located at 250 E. Main St., still has rooms open for the eclipse, and Ken said he is incentivizing people to book with free T-shirts and glasses.

He’s proud of his low prices and said they would be key to the motel’s success.

The couple owns a motel in Elgin and the Rockin Route 66 Ranch in Arizona and are looking at other businesses in the area. Ken expressed interest in opening a bar and grill as well.

However, it wasn’t just the motel that drew them to John Day. They also plan on raising a granddaughter who lives in the area.



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