ST. CHARLES – Pheasant Run Resort plans to lay off more than 75 percent of its staff by early next year, according to media reports.
There are no plans to close the 56-year-old resort, located at 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles. However, about 150 of the resort's 190 employees are expected to be laid off by mid-January, reports stated.
During the recession in 2011, the 293-room resort went into foreclosure. A hotel investors group in 2014 bought Pheasant Run, which since then has been managed by Schaumburg-based Hostmark Hospitality Group.
Tonya Scott was recently named general manager of the Pheasant Run Resort. Neither Scott nor officials from Hostmark Hospitality Group could be reached for comment.
In 2016, the DuPage Airport Authority filed a lawsuit to acquire the resort through eminent domain. The airport authority later reached an agreement with the ownership of Pheasant Run.
The airport authority filed the lawsuit over its concerns about potential residential development on the resort’s golf course, which abuts the DuPage Airport, according to the release. Pheasant Run is directly north of DuPage Airport.
Under the agreement, the airport authority will not seek to acquire the resort or the adjoining frontage parcels along East Main Street. A news release at the time indicated the airport authority will only acquire part of the golf course behind the resort and adjacent to the airport.
Edward McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in February 1963 on land that was previously a dairy farm owned by Colonel Edward Baker.