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Luxury resort brings jobs in tough economic times

PARK CITY (Deseret News) — Piper Mathews considers herself among the fortunate people in Utah to have found a new job in a tough economy — in a career she enjoys, while working for a respected company. She is one of the approximately 300 people hired to work at the soon-to-be-opened St. Regis Deer Crest Resort located at Deer Valley.

When completed, the 12-acre luxury property will be one of just two five-star-rated resorts in Utah, along with the Stein Eriksen Lodge also located at Deer Valley.

"When I saw an opportunity to work for St. Regis, I quickly applied and took advantage of that," Mathews, housekeeping supervisor, told the Deseret News. "The fact that is it a prestigious, well-known brand and that it is a luxury hotel (was) something that I always wanted to work for. And it was conveniently (located) here in Park City."

Besides the 300 resort staff, the project, set to open in November, also employed about 400 construction workers since it broke ground in spring 2006.

The development's price tag is about $320 million and is expected to come in slightly under budget, a release said. The resort will include 181 guest rooms and suites, 67 condominiums and 26 upper-level private residences.

The cost of ownership ranges from $1.5 million for condos and suites to more than $10 million for upper-floor residences, spokesman Mark Fischer told the Deseret News. He said two-thirds of the property's units have already been sold, including all of the upper-floor residences.

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