This week’s Out of the Attic item is an undated postcard depicting the Travelodge at 268 E. Main St.
The motel is now known as the Super 8, and this month, its owners submitted plans to demolish the aging building and replace it with student apartments and a restaurant.
The Travelodge opened in December 1962. With a $155,000 construction cost, the motel included 49 rooms and a heated outdoor swimming pool. A Newark Post article described the new motel as an “ultra-modern white building with its black and white illuminated sign.”
The motel was owned and managed by Felix Laubs. Guests each received fresh rolls from Bing’s Bakery with their coffee in the morning.
A representative of the Travelodge corporate office told the Newark Post at the time that the company decided to build in Newark because the city was an industrial center in an expanding area.
“Construction has involved some speculation, but we believe there is definitely a need for this new motel in Newark,” the representative said.
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