The City Club of Rock Hill on East Main Street will temporarily cease operations next month after failing to come to a mutual agreement with the building’s landlord.
The decision to close was “not reached easily,” according to Michael Taylor, president of the Board of Governors, in an open letter published on the City Club’s website Thursday morning.
The club’s Board of Governors had discussed “numerous options with the landlord to keep the City Club open, but to our regret without success,” according to the letter.
Taylor wrote that the owner has decided to use the City Club building in a different manner, and the staff has been asked to vacate the site as of Feb. 6.
The City Club of Rock Hill is a private dining club, but has kept its doors open for many civic engagement events, fundraisers, weddings and galas over the years.
The letter says the Board of Governors is looking at other possible venues and will call a membership meeting wtihin the next 60 days at the Cotton Factory to discuss what options are available.
Manning Kimmel, a member of the Board of Governors, said Thursday afternoon that his colleagues have been trying to find an alternative site for years.
“We’ve been dealing with the landlord issue for quite some time,” he said. “It’s not something that’s suddenly popped up. Maybe now that the news is out, some operations that we’re not aware of will pop up.”
Business at the City Club will continue to run as usual from now through Feb. 5, according to Taylor, who invited patrons to dine at the club and reminisce on the past 18 years.
There will be a final Sunday brunch on Feb. 5.
“We’ve been through a lot of the same struggles that the downtown area has had,” said Kimmel. “It’s too bad that now, with all the new activity and a bright future for the Old Town area, we’re having to do what we’re having to do.”