Historic Greenbrier Resort to Reopen For Guests on July 12
PHOTO: The Greenbrier (Photo courtesy of The Greenbrier on Twitter)
On July 12, The Greenbrier will reopen after being closing for more than two weeks because of flooding that damaged parts of the property.
Set in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia near the Virginia border, The Greenbrier has been open since 1858, though the property has attracted visitors to its springs since the 1700s.
Jim Justice, owner and CEO of The Greenbrier made the announcement, saying that the hotel had undergone lots of work to bring it back up to the high standard their guests expect, and that it took a lot of round-the-block man hours to make sure things were ready in the middle of its most popular time of year.
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The Greenbrier is one of the biggest employers in the area and has almost 2,000 employees from both West Virginia and Virginia. It has become such an integral piece of the local area, that it took in 700 local residents who had been displaced by the flooding — both housing and feeding members of the community who needed it the most.
Justice said as part of the announcement that the reopening was just as important for the local economy as it was for the property, noting how many of those 2,000 team members had lost much if not everything in the flooding. Rebuilding for those people means having a place to work and getting back to business means more than just profits, but hope.
The resort has also provided an avenue for donations to flood victims through its “Neighbors Loving Neighbors” campaign.
Sadly, the reopen did not happen in time for the PGA’s “Greenbrier Classic,” which had been scheduled to for July 7-10 but was canceled due to the flooding.
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