After selling more than half of its 13,000 acres last year, Callaway Gardens is taking further action to cut costs.
A dozen employees are being laid off while the company tries to meet some budget short comes, spokeswoman Rachel Crumbley tells News 3. Crumbley says CEO Edward Callaway does not want to spend more money than they are making. Renovations at The Mountain Creek Inn and Plant Room have limited income.
The Mountain Creek Inn was closed for the first half of the year while they renovated 274 guest rooms. Crumbley says casual reservations for day trips and weekends have largely returned but they are still waiting for the number of group reservations to return to normal. The resort spent $2.5 million on capital improvements this year so far.
In addition to the job cut, Callaway Gardens will close for more than a week in early January. A few employment positions that had not yet been filed are also being eliminated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Editor's Note: As a matter of full disclosure, WRBL and several of our Media General television have an outstanding reservation later this month to hold a Media General station meeting at Callaway Gardens.
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