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Super 8 Motel's business impacted by Killen standoff

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KILLEN, AL (WAFF) -

The Killen standoff made an impact on business for that Super 8 Motel the owner said.

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Bill Bhakta has owned the motel off Shoals Creek in Killen for 33 years. He said he’s never experienced anything like the standoff before. Guests are now allowed back in after two days where no one could stay there.

Bhakta said he lost business. Before the standoff, the motel was mostly occupied. Now they're 50 percent booked. He said he just wants to get back to the way things were before.

"It’s never happened before. We are the safest place in town," Bhakta said.

He said he met Eddie Collins and Venita Keen multiple times without any issues.

"You could tell that they were nice people. We never had a problem with them. They come and pay and drink coffee," Bhakta said.

The room the couple stayed in is a total loss. Bhakta said they're waiting for the police to clean it up before they start reconstruction.

"To rebuild it, it will take me about a month or so because the whole room is destroyed and there is two rooms destroyed almost," Bhakta said.

The standoff and evacuation of the hotel cost Bhakta at least $2,000 per day.

He hopes the negative attention won't scare future visitors away.

"It's a beautiful area. It's right on the lake. Hey you can come and enjoy it, enjoy the weekend, sit outside on the patio. It’s a beautiful safe place to stay," he said.

Bhakta said the insurance company will be onsite Tuesday to give him an estimate on the damage.

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