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Williamsburg

Williamsburg Pottery Factory

Williamsburg Pottery Factory is a large, multi-structure retail outlet store located in Lightfoot, Virginia, about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Williamsburg. The Williamsburg Pottery Factory markets itself as one of Virginia's largest tourist attractions.

Referred to by the locals as "the Pottery", the 200-acre (0.81 km2) attraction offers a vast selection of various handmade articles and imports from other 20 countries. The Pottery was famous for its "bare bones" appearance; however, it underwent a multi-million dollar redevelopment that reshaped its look in the spring of 2012.

Redevelopment:
On August 31, 2010, the president of the Pottery, Kim Maloney, unveiled plans for a new $20 million, 146,800-square-foot (13,640 m2) retail development.[3] Construction began on the new Williamsburg Pottery in December 2010 at the original 1938 location on Richmond Road, following demolition of the old outlet buildings currently on the site.

The retail project was designed by Guernsey-Tingle Architects, and includes 3 separate buildings in a traditional European Market theme. Henderson Inc. was chosen as the General Contractor for the project and AES Consulting Engineers was selected for the site plan work. All are local companies, as are most of the subcontractors.

Visitors:
At one time, it was estimated that more than 3,000,000 people visited the Pottery on a yearly basis, and it was a top tourist attraction in the Historic Triangle. Recent figures are not available.During the mid-1990s the Pottery became such a popular attraction that Amtrak started stopping at the railroad crossing at the Pottery, making it a regular stop for passengers. The stop was discontinued around 1996.