Governor of Virginia to speak at Williamsburg Pottery Groundbreaking
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2010
Contact: Anne Monaghan
Phone: (757) 645-7255
Williamsburg, VA – The Williamsburg Pottery, a renowned discount venue since 1938, is about to undergo a remarkable facelift, a revolutionary evolution that will delight loyal patrons and attract new visitors from all over the world.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Consul General Soon Gu Yoon of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will be on hand to help launch the Pottery’s comprehensive project at the December 10 groundbreaking ceremony. Both Governor McDonnell and Mr. Yoon are expected to deliver brief remarks before the ceremony.
“We are honored to have Governor McDonnell and Mr. Yoon join us for this important event,” said the Pottery’s President Kim Maloney. “In addition to the facility’s spectacular new look, planned improvements will expand retail space, add dining and entertainment venues, provide new jobs and increase the Pottery’s already extensive reputation as a landmark shopping destination.”
The $20 million-plus investment is entirely funded by the Williamsburg Pottery and represents a continuation and an expansion of Jimmy Maloney’s legacy. The old outlet buildings on Richmond Road (Route 60) are being replaced with 160,000 square feet of retail space spread over 19 acres. The European market themed shopping experience will include something for everyone, from a gourmet food section, to an extensive greenhouse, to the beautiful ceramics known the world over.
Construction will bring together more than 30 companies from James City County, York County and the Greater Williamsburg area, including Guernsey-Tingle Architects, general contractor Henderson, Inc. and AES Consulting Engineers. The project is expected to support an estimated 500 jobs in the Greater Williamsburg area and generate $20 million in revenue for suppliers in the Commonwealth. In addition, once construction is complete, the Pottery will add 100 permanent positions to support their expanded facility.
According to Executive Vice President Peter Kao, the Pottery will remain open for business daily during construction, with the exception of Christmas Day, the only day it is closed throughout the year. The greenhouse will continue to operate and custom-framing services will be available, along with famous salt glaze pottery, silk floral arrangements and other popular retail products. To celebrate the holiday season, the Christmas section has been enhanced to include thousands of bargains for shoppers.
The public is invited to attend the official groundbreaking on December 10, 2010, 10:00-11:00 am, at the Williamsburg Pottery, 6692 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA.
The grand opening of the new Pottery complex is scheduled for April 2012.
About the Williamsburg Pottery
The Williamsburg Pottery was established in 1938 by James E. Maloney who made 18th-century salt glaze reproductions available to shoppers at low prices. Over time, china and glassware items were added to the inventory at attractive discounts. Today, visitors to the Pottery can shop for some 70,000 items gathered from all over the world.
Williamsburg Pottery redesign will feature stunning architectural elements suggestive of a European market town.