Semiahmoo Resort, Loomis golf course sold

Published on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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The Semiahmoo Resort is for sale, and its 300 employees, including those working at the Semiahmoo and Loomis Trail golf courses, could be out of a job come February.

Armada Investment LLC is set to buy the resort, said Harry Chesnin, attorney for the Upper Skagit Tribe. The Skagit tribe manages the resort and its employees in a partnership with Trillium Corporation.

Chesnin said he could not offer any specifics on the sale until it closes on February 15. The current purchase of sale agreement between Armada Investments and the Semiahmoo Resort Company allows both parties to take a final look at the details of the sale agreement before it’s finalized, Chesnin said.

“We’re somewhat in limbo at the moment,” he said.

The Semiahmoo employees received a letter notifying them of their termination on December 14. While there will be no guarantees of reemployment, Armada will conduct interviews the week before February 15 with employees who still want to work at the resort. Chesnin said the resort will operate as normal until the sale closes.

A recently laid off Semiahmoo employee, who asked her name be withheld, said the reaction among her former coworkers to this news has varied between confidence that they will be re-hired and trepidation that they will be out of a job. She said she plans to interview for her old job once Armada Investment takes over.

She said the termination notice she received in the mail was the first she and her coworkers had heard of the resort’s sale.

Working at the resort was generally a positive experience, she said, adding the location is beautiful and she enjoyed the sense of teamwork with coworkers.

Representatives from Armada Investment could not be reached before press time. Chesnin said more information on Armada Investment would be released after the sale closes.

The resort opened in 1987 as one of Washington’s largest year-round resorts. The Arnold Palmer-designed Semiahmoo golf course, opened a year earlier. The Upper Skagit Tribe bought into the resort in 2003.