|By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette,
W.Va.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
March 31, 2010 --CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier's owner, Jim Justice, has purchased Glade Springs resort in Raleigh County.
Justice bought the 4,100-acre Glade Springs resort in Daniels from Bethesda, Md.-based EMCO Hospitality, which will continue to manage the property. He would not say how much he paid for it.
Glade Springs began in the early 1980s as an upper-income golf and resort community.
Coal operator Bill Bright's Bright Enterprises bought the resort in 1995, hiring EMCO to manage it.
EMCO purchased the resort in 2004 and started an expansion, adding a new inn and a third gold course. The resort has 203 guest rooms, ranging from hotel rooms to suites and villas. There's also a year-round equestrian center, fishing lake and tennis courts. A key wintertime draw, Winterplace Ski Area, is about eight miles away.
Glade Springs also has 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
In past years, Glade Springs has marketed itself as catering to people who want to stay at The Greenbrier, but don't want to spend the money for a luxury resort.
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