Photo courtesy of the City of Windsor.

Chatham’s Retro Suites is expanding to Windsor.

Rob Myers, CEO of the RM Group of Companies and Jessica Myers, Retro Suites Hotel General Manager, have purchased the vacant Paul Martin Building in downtown Windsor.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkins announced yesterday that RJM Holdings will be turning the historic Ouellette Avenue property into a boutique hotel with between 80 and 100 individually styled suites. The site will also include 20 to 40 full-service residences, primarily for corporate travellers and companies wishing to obtain a corporate suite. Among its many amenities, the property will feature an in-house restaurant, café, several meeting and event spaces, a library/lounge, and retail space.

The Paul Martin Building was completed early in 1930, and designed by George Masson and Windsor-born architect Hugh P. Sheppard. Over the years, it has housed Canada Post, the Canada Revenue Agency, and the Canadian Border Services Agency, in addition to serving as a temporary library. The federal government worked to restore the building’s facade, with the work finishing up in 2017.

The landmark was acquired by the City of Windsor from the federal government in 2019.

“This is a great opportunity, and we look forward to developing a product that supports Windsor and its growth. We are invested in Southwestern Ontario and have a strong passion for uniqueness, excellent service and the arts,” Myers said in a news release. “There will be elements of the Retro Suites Hotel brand within the space, preserving the building’s historical elements while adding in modern art and design.”

The new hotel is expected to open in 2026.