Logan to get new motel

William Thompson

The small town of Logan is trying to grow. A new business currently under construction should help to serve one of the various needs of a community on the rise.

Logan entrepreneur Gary Knight is currently supervising construction of a new motel at 501 S. U.S. 54 in Logan. Knight will own and manage the Budget Inn Express which is slated to open around Nov. 20. “I feel the town of Logan is growing,” said Knight, “and it needed another motel.”
Larry Wallin, Logan’s Village Administrator, said the new motel is welcome. “We need to be able to have greater capacity for tourists,” said Wallin. “Right now, many people who come for fishing tournaments at Ute Lake are staying in Tucumcari.

Wallin believes that Logan has great potential for growth.
“Right now we are seeing a slow, steady and moderate growth and if the planned subdivisions go in then I think the growth could be phenomenal.”

Knight said his new motel will have 18 units all with tub/shower combos, high-speed Internet access and 27-inch color televisions with basic cable. “The motel will be similar in quality to a Best Western, “ said Knight. “We will have blow dryers, ironing boards and irons in every room.” The motel will have all-indoor corridors and a patio with a grill so guests can mingle. Knight said he plans on serving a daily continental breakfast when the motel opens.
“It will be a little more than a continental breakfast. We will have biscuits and gravy and waffles.,” he said. Knight has been planning his new motel for over a year. He formerly owned and managed the Village Inn Motel in Logan.
Knight also said he is hoping to install a modest-sized tourist center at the motel. “I want to have tourist brochures and booklets available,” he said, “because here on U.S. 54 there is not much tourist information available in this part of New Mexico.”

Wallin said new businesses in Logan must be prepared for the winter months. “Any business can survive here from March through September,” said Wallin. “If a new business can prepare for and survive the winter months then that business will survive the rest of the year.” Wallin said Logan currently lacks certain types of stores and services.
“A dry goods store selling clothing would be welcome in Logan and we have need of a plumber. Right now we have to call plumbers from Clovis and Tucumcari.”