Hospitality is our Foundation

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KAJ's current footprint includes hotels already owned and projects in planning or under development in Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, Omaha, NE, Wichita, KS & Gillette, WY.

KAJ is keenly focused on development and managment in the select service and upscale segments of the hotel industry. 

Our Story


Founded in 1993 by President and CEO Kevin Johnson; family owned KAJ Hospitality has transformed from a single hotel company in South Dakota into a multi unit hospitality development and management company throughout the Midwest.  

Our History

  • Days Inn Oacoma, SD:  1993 - 1998
  • Days Inn Watertown, SD:  1994 - 2001
  • Barefoot Resorts Black Hills, SD:  1996 - 2000
  • Days Inn Mitchell, SD:  1996 - 2001
  • Comfort Inn Deadwood, SD:  1999 - 2012 
  • Hampton Inn Fargo, ND:  2003 - 2011
  • Comfort Inn Brandon, SD:  2004 - 2012
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brandon, SD:  2006 - 2012
  • Buffalo-Bodega Complex Deadwood, SD:  2007 - Present
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Omaha West, NE:  2008 - 2013
  • Historic Bullock Hotel & Casino Deadwood, SD:  2011- Present 
  • Days Inn Fargo, ND:  2011 - 2012
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Fargo, ND:  2011 – Present
  • Staybridge Suites Wichita, KS:  2012 – Present
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wichita Airport, KS:  2013 – Present
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wichita Northeast, KS:  2013 – Present
  • CAMBRiA hotel & suites West Fargo, ND:  2014 – 2017
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Omaha-Papillion, NE:  2014 - Present
  • Holiday Inn Express Omaha-Ralston, NE:  2014 – Present
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Gillette, WY:  2015 – Present
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Omaha West, NE:  2016 - Present
  • DoubleTree by Hilton West Fargo, ND:  2017 - Present
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo, ND:  2017 Opening
  • Hilton Garden Inn Gillette, WY:  Franchise approval
  • Aloft Sioux Falls, SD:  Franchise approval