Williamsburg VA — A $20 million renovation and renewal of the Williamsburg Pottery Factory – one of Virgina’s top tourist attractions, and most unique – will get underway this September 2010. Plans were unvailed on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 showing the new design on the Richmond Road shopping complex, at the gigantic size of 160,000 sq. ft.
Demolition will begin in September, with the ground-breaking in December. Construction on the project is planned to last through December 2011. Good news is that the Pottery Factory will remain open through constrution.
Sadly, the founder of the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, Jimmy Maloney, will not be around to spend his 100th birthday in the newly-built retail space. Maloney passed away in 2005. However, Maloney’s wife Kim, was part of the planning process.
The Pottery legacy began in 1938, from a small shop that Maloney expanded to 200-acres of market-style shopping. Maloney personally bought items from around the world to sell in the Pottery, and became well known for buying international items. International goods will continue to be a trademark for the Pottery Factory.
Things are getting bigger and better! About 18-acres of the development is dedicated to 2,200 feet of new store front between Richmond Road and CSX Railroad. With the renovation, about 60 new jobs will be brought to the area.