Putting it on the Ritz
VILLAGE AT NORTHSTAR ” The ongoing construction of the Ritz-Carlton is a beacon of hope for at least one business owner at Northstar-at Tahoe.
According to Robin Griffo, owner of the Villager Candle Shop, the Ritz played a role in her decision to open at Northstar.
Griffo considered opening her shop in Heavenly but believed Northstar, with the addition of Ritz clientele, would be a better fit for her business.
“I think we’re going to give Aspen a run for their money,” said Griffo.
Ritz guests and residents will be able to access the Village at Northstar through a private gondola, or as some business owners see it, an economic lifeline.
“The Ritz will bring with it a type of clientele our businesses have been waiting for,” said Heath Nielsen, Vice President in charge of Commercial Properties and Operations for Booth Creek Resorts.
As the Ritz readies to open, Public Relations Director Stephen Holt said they are looking to staff 300 employees including transfers from other Ritz properties and local full-time residents.
Ritz Club units are on sale and residential unit sales expected to begin this winter, and is is looking forward to a fall 2009 opening.