Libby Hill closes its doors

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

A High Point seafood restaurant closed its doors Friday.
Libby Hill Seafood at 2004 N. Main St. had seen steadily declining revenue at the location since the early 1990s, said Justin Conrad, president of the Greensboro-based restaurant chain.
He said the decision to close came after several measures were attempted to make the location profitable, including cutting back its hours of operation.
“We tried different management, a new menu with different items and we put a new furniture package in there a year and a half ago, so it was not a spur-of-the-moment decision,” said Conrad. “It used to be that the bread and butter at that location was the lunch traffic, and it’s just not there anymore.”
The restaurant, which opened about 40 years ago, was previously owned and operated by two generations of the Stevens family in High Point. The family retired from the business in 2010, and Libby Hill’s corporate office assumed ownership.
The location employed about 15 people, said restaurant manager Eric Crosby, an 18-year employee.
He said when he first started at Libby Hill, the lines were out the door at lunchtime, but that changed as the North Main Street corridor became busier and more competitors started opening their doors.
Crosby said he will stay with the company for the time being to help clean out the restaurant building and possibly transfer to one of its other locations. He said the other employees are looking for work.
“One girl is getting a job at a grocery store. They already hired her. As far as any other leads on any other jobs, I don’t think anyone has anything lined up just yet,” he said. “It’s like a family. You have your good days and your bad days and you argue sometimes, but it’s been a good place to work.”
Conrad said the company considered a major renovation of the restaurant building and hasn’t ruled the idea out yet.
“There are no immediate plans, but there are several things we’re kicking around,” he said. “We’re not sure which way to go with that property yet. We may pursue a sale or lease of the building.”
Libby Hill, which was founded in Greensboro in 1953, now has eight locations in Greensboro, Hickory, Mount Airy, Reidsville and Danville, Va.