Wal-Mart Family Is Behind The New 21C Museum Hotel in Arkansas
The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville.
The good news is there's going to be yet another 21C Museum Hotel opening. That will make four 21C Museum hotels--the original in Louisville, the second in Cincinnati, a third in Austin and now, a hotel near Bentonville, Arkansas.
The odd news is that the people who are making this third hotel possible are some Wal-Mart people. The Waltons, the heirs to the megastore that famously bans music and books for being too provocative, are now supporting an art hotel. The WSJ reports:
A Walton family investment arm and partner 21c Museum Hotel of Louisville, Ky., are scheduled to disclose Tuesday that they will construct a $28 million, 130-room hotel near Bentonville's downtown square that will open by 2012.
The hotel will also be designed to "complement the $150 million Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art" nearby which is has largely been inanced with Wal-Mart money, specifically heiress Alice Walton's money.
We're excited to get more 21C Museum hotels so we're not concerned about the Wal-Mart link at all. But we wonder, will we soon see 21C swag in Wal-Marts?