ASHEVILLE — North Carolina's Biltmore Estate will cut 400 jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that the massive mansion-turned tourist destination had reopened on a limited basis on May 9.
But the the lingering pandemic will lead to the elimination of about 15% of its positions. They'll come through a combination of permanent layoffs and early retirements. That amounts to about 390 jobs.
Biltmore had temporarily laid off most of its 2,600 workers in late March during the beginning of the pandemic. It was the first closure since Word War II.
The 8,000-acre estate is anchored by a 250-room French chateau that was built by George Vanderbilt. It was completed in 1895 during the nation's Gilded Age. Biltmore has since become a tourist destination and draws about 1.4 million visitors each year.
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