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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - A fond farewell to the Trellis Garden Inn

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - A fond farewell to the Trellis Garden Inn

Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - A fond farewell to the Trellis Garden Inn

Jan Moore

      It certainly isn't uncommon to see a business close its doors these days, and it isn't something that I enjoy reporting, but a few people have contacted the Herald saddened by the closing of the Trellis Garden Inn in downtown Statesboro.
      Formerly known as Aldred's Trellis Garden Inn, the downtown Statesboro landmark will cease operation as of Wednesday, and the discernment process will begin about the property's future use.
      Located on the corner of South Main Street and Bulloch Street, the hotel is situated next to its owner, the Statesboro First United Methodist Church. The church purchased the 1.05 acre parcel from the Aldred family in 1996 in addition to a .84 acre lot behind the church.
      "The hotel has operated as an independent entity since the church bought the property," said John Barton, chairman of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church board of trustees. "It had been able to operate successfully that way until just over a year ago when it became increasingly difficult for it to be a profitable operation. Management made a tremendous effort, but ultimately, it didn't work out."
      Barton said it became apparent that the church would have to become involved with the day-to-day operation of the hotel if it was going to remain open. "Everyone agreed that at this point, it would not be in the best interest of the church to be the operator of the hotel, so the decision was made to close it," he said.
      Doug Lambert, a former chairman of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he is saddened to see the Trellis Garden close.
      "It has been a mainstay in downtown for a number of years, and we certainly hate to see anybody in our industry go," Lambert said. "This is indicative of how tough it is for independents to compete in the economy that we have today."
      Lambert was particularly complimentary of the Trellis Garden's long-time manager Sylvia Brown.
      "Sylvia did a wonderful job managing the hotel, and literally developed a personal relationship with almost every guest that stayed there," he said. "She will be missed."
      Barton said no decision has been made by the church on what to do with the hotel. "We are in the beginning stages of that process, and we just don't know," he said. "The church is very aware of its responsibility to downtown, and any decision made regarding the hotel will be a very carefully thought out one."

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