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Hotel Carlisle up for sale as owner looks to retire

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The Hotel Carlisle & Embers Convention Center in Cumberland County is being sold by its owner, Farouk Hegazi, who said today he wants to retire and get out from under the business that's been struggling since problems with a concert promoter last year.

The hotel is still open, and Hegazi said he doesn't have a preference on who buys the Middlesex Township hotel and its 37 acres or what they use it for -- whether that's continued operation as a hotel, another commercial use or even warehousing.

"I'm going to go home and sit with my grandson," said Hegazi, who is 70.

He has listed Hotel Carlisle on and other online real estate sales directories, he said. The price listed is $6.5 million for the 267-room hotel, which has a 30,000-square-foot banquet hall.

Hegazi acquired the hotel in July 2009. It was renovated in 2010, including more than $1.5 million for new windows, air conditioning and plumbing, among other upgrades, he said.

Today, about 20 people work at the 1700 Harrisburg Pike hotel, Hegazi said. In peak travel seasons, the hotel employs about 50 people, mostly part-time staff, he said.

"They're all good people," Hegazi said. "I just want out."

The business has suffered in the past year since its involvement with a promoter who failed to deliver a concert featuring a former Temptations singer.

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