Vip Patel (third from right) gets help from Wayne Hunter in breaking ground Tuesday at the site of what will be the first new hotel in Camden in 15 years, a Hampton Inn by Hilton. Joining them in the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter; Tim Hudson; Camden City Manager Mel Pearson; Kershaw County Magistrate Rick Todd; Richard Tiller; Vip Patel’s son, Deep; Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford; and Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns. Speaking on behalf of his father, Deep Patel thanked the city of Camden. “The city has given so much to my family and it has truly become a part of my family,” he said. “More than 30 years ago, my dad and his family purchased a small motel here in Camden. With perseverance and support from the community, they were able to establish a home and a better life for their children. I’m honored to be a part of this process and share the experience with my father that he was able to share with his own father.” Deep Patel added that his family is happy to be a part of the city’s expansion, including the construction of the city’s new tennis facility and the arrival of new businesses. He said the hotel will include 70 guest rooms, modern breakfast bar, top of the line fitness center, meeting space, heated indoor swimming pool and more. “The city of Camden has a bright future, and we’re honored to take part in it,” he said. The Patels also own the Colony Inn, Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express, where attendees were invited to have a post-groundbreaking lunch.