Grove Park Inn on a hiring spree; work on $25 million renovation continues


The Grove Park Inn is on a major hiring push as it continues work on a $25 million renovation. All kinds of jobs, from top management to restaurant servers, are being hired. Click here to see Grove Park job descriptions.

Here’s part of the story I wrote last week for the Asheville Citizen-Times about the Grove Park restoration work:

Renovation work is touching all aspects of the 100-year-old getaway, from its high-ceilinged Great Hall indoors to its outdoorterraces that offer mountain sunset views.

Nearly 200 rooms in one wing are getting an update, a retail shop area will be remade and there’s a restaurant and bar under construction.

Some of the biggest changes are being made to the inn’s spacious Great Hall, the massive room visitors and guests often first enter. One of its two giant fireplaces recently received $200,000 worth of construction to return it to a working fireplace. Its six big columns have been stripped to their core and re-covered with handcrafted wooden panels, all done by a local woodworker in the inn’s well-known Arts and Crafts style.

The hall’s main desk has been removed and a small coffee shop and bakery is taking shape in its place.

A much smaller check-in desk sits on the opposite side of the room. The hall’s original Stickley furniture is being refurbished. And the Great Hall will be air conditioned for the first time.


Nate March 22, 2013 - 9:29 am

Do they still have a “no facial hair on male employees” policy?

Big Al March 23, 2013 - 10:46 am

I hope they have that policy for females, too!

schwarzcat March 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

A lot of people care. Besides the many people that work there, they by products and services from many other entities in this area. The people that come to stay there also pump money into our local businesses. Like GP or not our community benefits from their success.

danielle plainview March 21, 2013 - 10:51 pm

awefull place to work.

Big Al March 23, 2013 - 10:44 am

Then don’t work there.

Nobody at GPI has a gun to their head.

fido March 21, 2013 - 5:49 pm

who in asheville really cares? unless you gotta work there. wish the new ownership good luck.

SuckItMcGee March 22, 2013 - 11:00 am

I think anyone that is desperately looking for a job might care.

Bburnsey March 21, 2013 - 3:37 pm

I heard from some employees that the coffee counter will be a Starbucks

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