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Grand Bear Lodge will operate while for sale

Posted by wlpo on November 16, 2016

Though it is officially for sale, Grand Bear Lodge at Utica will stay open while a search for new owners begins.  The News Tribune says managing general partner Joe Hook and partners Keith and Sue Wolick have ceded control because they no longer have the money to put into the facility. Hook believes the resort can still succeed with a new owner and capital.

Hook and both Wolicks say it is staying open to provide stability and peace of mind to its employees.  A lender driven effort to turn over operations is underway. Signs of money problems at Grand Bear came to light in 2011 and 2014. Utica Mayor Matt Jereb also expressed confidence in the future of the lodge directly across from Starved Rock State Park.

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