The 710-room Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., will reopen next Tuesday, July 12; the resort has been closed since June 23, when flood waters significantly damaged parts of the property.
"We had some major damage in different parts of the hotel, and it's taken a lot of work to get the Greenbrier back to the standard that our guests expect," said owner/CEO Jim Justice during a press conference this morning, at which he also told his staff, "The primary driver with me is one thing: We've got to get you back to work. We're not going to heal if you don't have a job."
Since the flooding, the Greenbrier has housed and fed more than 700 flood victims. As the property reopens, officials have been assured that proper food and housing is being provided to those who were staying at the property.
Justice added that the resort will welcome guests next week even though it is not back to normal. "We're not going to be able to storm to the forefront and be the great Greenbrier of old from day one," he said. "We have damage. Our grounds are nowhere near pristine. We want you to come, but we are scarred."
The Greenbrier first opened in 1778 and now is surrounded by 11,000 acres that include five championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis courses, and opportunities to go off-road driving and learn about falconry. The resort also features the private, guests-only Casino Club; the full-service, 40,000-square-foot spa; and 36 shops. For dining, there are 20 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, Southern-inspired cuisine.