The owner of the hotel, Johnny Eggleston, was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon, but Hamet said sales at the hotel had been declining recently. The hotel also was a haven for illegal activity. Last year, there were about 20 Middletown police incidents at the hotel, mostly for drug abuse and thefts, according to police records.
The hotel was purchased by Middletown Ohio 592 Limited for $1,650,000 in 1992 and sold to Reyton Inn LLC for $2 million 10 years later, according to the Warren County Auditor’s Office.
The property is appraised at $2,285,000, according to the auditor’s office. Hamet believes a sale price has not been established.
Since Reyton closed, there are three hotels on the east side of I-75: Days Inn, Red Roof Inn and Super 8 and five on the west side: Drury Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Quality Inn.
In the last few months, Target, 6775 Roosevelt Parkway, announced it was closing this summer and the Finish Line closed its Towne Mall Galleria location. Worthmore clothing store, also inside the mall, announced it was closing in the next few weeks.