Topeka's Ramada West Hotel closing Monday

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's Ramada West Hotel will close its doors Monday.

General Manager Victoria Meyers confirmed the decision to 13 NEWS. She said they are no longer taking reservations past Sunday night.

The hotel is expecting a full crowd for this weekend's Blizzard Bash demolition derby, Meyers said, and they will accommodate those reservations for Saturday and Sunday evening.

Meyers said a number of factors likely led to the decision, including a weak hotel market in Topeka outside of sports seasons.

She said 30 employees are affected by the closing. However, Meyers said she has reached out to other hotels, and is encouraged they might offer new opportunities to the workers.

Meyers said the property at 605 SW Fairlawn has been sold and the new owners plan to repurpose it. Information on those plans is not yet being released.

Meyers said she extends heartfelt thanks to the community and the employees for their support.

The property was previously owned by Topeka's Parrish Hotels, which sold it in 2013 to a group of investors from Salina.

The Shawnee Co. Appraisers Office lists the current owner as Keys Hospitality, with an address in Orem, Utah. The property has a 2017 appraised value of $3.5 million.