Hotel Development & Management Group (HDG Hotels) celebrates construction of its first Gainesville hotel – A homecoming of sorts for founders

Nov 5, 2019

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(GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA) – HDG Hotels is again growing its portfolio with its first hotel in Gainesville. The Florida-based hotel development and management company celebrated construction of the 105 room Comfort Suites by Choice Hotels (2603 SW 13th Avenue) at a groundbreaking ceremony on November 5.

“My brother and business partner, Azim, and I have ties to Gainesville and the University of Florida. We are proud to be investing in this community,” shares HDG Hotels CEO and President Navroz Saju. “Our entire HDG team is excited to grow our footprint into Gainesville and looks forward to establishing partnerships that positively impact Gainesville and Alachua County.”

Also present at the groundbreaking were Congressman Ted Yoho (FL 3rd District), representatives from Choice Hotels, and Food Network host of Eat, Sleep, BBQ and founder of Big Lee’s, Rashad Jones, who offered remarks at the celebration. The Comfort Suites – Gainesville will open summer 2020 and bring the HDG Hotels portfolio to a total of 18 properties coast to coast across central and north central Florida and grow its team to well over 500 team members.

About HDG Hotels:

HDG Hotels is headquartered in Ocala/Marion County. The hotel development and management company’s vision is “to positively impact the people and world around us.” To that, HDG offers its team members medical, dental and vision insurance, wellness programs, a 401K match, ownership opportunities, and other benefits. The company also partners with its team members on outreach efforts within the communities in which is has a presence. Learn more at or