About a quarter of the first floor of the Duke of Gloucester Street Barnes & Noble, also known as the William and Mary Bookstore and Cafe, is being converted into retail space for an unannounced tenant.
Construction work began at the store last week, according to Colonial Williamsburg Vice President of Real Estate Jeff Duncan, and is expected to be completed by mid-March. In total, 2,500 square feet of the building’s first floor is being walled off to become a separate storefront.
“We are working with them to carve out space that Colonial Williamsburg will lease to a new tenant, and that will allow access for the new tenant to Duke of Gloucester Street and North Henry Street,” Duncan wrote in an email. “Discussions are underway with a new tenant for this new space, but nothing I can report at this time.”
The building at 345 W. Duke of Gloucester St. is owned by Colonial Williamsburg but is leased to the College of William and Mary. College spokeswoman Suzanne Seurattan said the decision to shrink the bookstore came as a result of an amendment to William and Mary’s lease agreement for the store with Colonial Williamsburg.
“We know CW will do all it can, as will we, to reduce any impact on customers during the construction period,” she wrote in an email.
Crews are at work adding walls around the space and entrances off Duke of Gloucester and North Henry streets. Once a new tenant is secured, Colonial Williamsburg will work with them on installing interior furnishings and store utilities, Duncan said.
For more information about the Merchants Square Barnes & Noble, visit merchantssquare.org/merchant/wm-bookstore-cafe or call 757-221-1651.
The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s Women’s Business Council will host its inaugural Tables of 8 networking events Feb. 26-28.
Historic Triangle businesswomen are invited to attend, and event-goers will get a chance to meet and network with other business owners over lunch or dinner at select area restaurants. Attendees can choose between lunch or dinner at eight local restaurants, where each table will feature a prominent business or community leader moderating discussions with the group, according to a chamber news release.
Participating area restaurants include Rocco’s Smokehouse, Riverwalk Restaurant, The Trellis Bar and Grill and Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill.
Lunches will be held from 12-1:30 p.m., and dinners will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees are expected to pay for their own meal. For more information and to register, visit williamsburgcc.com/tables-of-8-register.
James City County architectural firm DJG Inc. was named one of the top workplaces in the state by Virginia Business magazine earlier this month.
The magazine’s 2019 list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia is made up of 100 companies. This is the fourth consecutive yearDJC Inc. has been ranked as one of the best places to work in the state, according to a county news release, placing number 30 out of 58 in the small businesses category in this year’s list. The local architectural firm employs 24 people, according to the release.
Companies and their employees were surveyed and benchmarked based on core values, work environment and employee satisfaction.
DJG Inc. was founded in 1978, and is the only full-service, multi-discipline engineering and architecture firm headquartered on the Peninsula, according to the release. The majority of DJG Inc. projects are located in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland, and the firm has experience working in military, state and municipal government, higher education, housing authorities and private sectors.
For more information about DJG Inc., visit djginc.com.
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