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As the 2002 Olympics neared, Holding gave up on the RDA tactic and opted to build his new flagship hotel around the Flower Patch, a decision that forced him to scale back on the hotel’s size by about 125 rooms.
The 24-story European-styled hotel complex now dwarfs the two-story, mustard-yellow floral shop, with the two properties separated by a small, L-shaped parking lot perimeter. Nelson sold out to Grand America years ago, records show, leaving Parrish the last holdout on the block.
Holding died in April at age 86 from lingering complications of a stroke suffered in 2002. The highly respected Salt Lake City-born businessman, who purchased Sinclair Oil in 1977, left behind an oil, hotel, ski resort and ranching empire valued at nearly $2.6 billion.
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