Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc to close

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Jan. 11, 2018

The exterior of Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, 1350 Royale Mile Road,
which is set to close at the end of the month.
File photo

OCONOMOWOC — Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in Oconomowoc is closing Jan. 31, management told the Oconomowoc Rotary Club Monday night, said Rotary Club Director John Scambler.

The Rotary Club’s Oconomowoc Brewfest was scheduled for March 3 at Olympia but after hearing from Olympia that the venue would not be available, the club has since moved the event to the La Belle Golf Club, said Scambler.

Rumors circulated Wednesday that the resort was closing and several events were canceled. When a Freeman reporter reached out to Olympia’s owner Rick Eckert for comment, he responded, “Yeah, I don’t have anything to say.”

Oconomowoc Mayor Dave Nold said he also heard talk of the resort closing at the end of January.

“From my understanding, it sounds like they’re going to close but I don’t have anything specific,” said Nold.

The more than 135,000-square-foot property at 1350 Royale Mile Road was listed for sale in August 2017 at a price of $5.9 million.

Nold said the city has been trying to schedule a meeting with Rick Eckert, Eckert’s son and Olympia’s general manager Rudy Eckert and the property broker for quite some time; however, they have been unsuccessful.

“We’re trying to contact management to verify,” said Nold.

City Administrator Sarah Kitsembel said she’s also heard that the resort will be closing but has not been given an official word. She said she’s reached out to management, but they have not been able to connect.

“Different events are getting contacted, and that’s what we’re hearing,” said Kitsembel. “That’s what prompted us to give them a call.”

Kitsembel said the resort has done a lot of good for the community in Oconomowoc.

“They’ve really helped us showcase our community to different businesses and visitors that they’re bringing in,” she said. “So we’re really saddened to hear they may be closing.”

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