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Drury Southwest Adds 850 Feet to World-Famous Walkway

San Antonio, Texas. On January 3, 2006 at midnight San Antonio's famous Paseo Del Rio (The Riverwalk) was drained for regular cleaning as it has been every year. And this Thursday, January 12, 2006, the floodgates will once again open and the water will rise back to its normal level. However, something a little different is happening this year.

Drury Southwest Corporation (DSW) - a development company based in San Antonio, TX and Cape Girardeau, MO - has taken on the task of extending the unfinished Riverwalk. There are several parts to this project, but the most urgent task that has DSW construction crews working 24 hours a day calls for the completion of a substructure within the Riverwalk before the City of San Antonio begins to fill the landmark "river" with water again. Drury Southwest has only 9 days to complete this part of their work.

DSW has committed to extend 850 ft. of walkway which will at last connect the Riverwalk into one continuous loop. The entire walkway extension is a gift from DSW to the City of San Antonio. One hundred fifty feet of it will be in front of the new 370-room Drury Plaza Hotel. Connecting the Riverwalk will make this well-known Texas attraction even more appealing to tourists and locals alike. The completed extension is expected to open to the public this summer and will include elevation changes to match the current walkway, some special effect lighting, and a boat landing and waterfall in front of the Drury Plaza Hotel. The hotel, which is a restoration of the Alamo Bank Building, circa 1929, is located on the Riverwalk at St. Mary's and is scheduled for a Fall, 2006 opening.

The new hotel is owned and developed by DSW. It will be operated by Drury Inns, Inc., which is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with more than 117 hotels in 17 states from Colorado to North Carolina and from New Mexico to Michigan. Brands include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn, Drury Suites, Drury Plaza, Pear Tree Inn by Drury as well as other hotels in the mid-price hotel segment. For a complete listing of all Drury hotels or for reservations, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN.

DSW construction crew works to complete Riverwalk substructure
before water is allowed to rise again on January 12, 2006.

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