Hyatt to Cease Operating Hyatt Regency

Layoffs will take place

Tom Puckett
May 26, 2020 - 5:27 pm
Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo. May 26, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)

Hyatt Regency in Downtown Buffalo. May 26, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Hyatt says it's no longer going to operate the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. This will lead to layoffs.

"The Hyatt Regency brand has proudly been part of the Buffalo, N.Y. community for more than 36 years. At this time, Hyatt Regency Buffalo will no longer be operated as a Hyatt-branded hotel or affiliated with Hyatt as of June 1, 2020. In light of COVID-19, the hotel temporarily suspended operations on April 1, 2020. We are working to notify guests and customers of this situation and assist them with requests for alternative arrangements," says a Hyatt spokesman in a statement.

"Unfortunately, as Hyatt will no longer be operating the hotel, we’ve been forced to make the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs across our hotel workforce. A priority for us is to ensure our colleagues are being cared for during this situation. We are filled with pride and gratitude for the dedication that our Hyatt Regency Buffalo colleagues have devoted to the hotel. We are working to support our hotel family members who are most impacted during this challenging time. Hyatt Regency Buffalo colleagues may seek financial support from the Hyatt Care Fund, which was developed to provide relief to colleagues with the most pressing financial needs," adds the spokesman's statement.

Mayor Byron Brown says he had not heard about Hyatt's decision. "Obviously, that's of great concern. I have not heard that. No one from that ownership group has expressed that to the city," says Brown. 'Over the years, the city has invested very heavily in helping the Hyatt Regency to open and stay open, so we would have that hotel presence in downtown Buffalo, so that is concerning news, but we have not been officially told that."




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