Residents and officials gathered to celebrate the latest addition to Midtown Row Thursday morning at a grand re-opening ceremony for Marshalls.
The store was previously located at another storefront in the same shopping center, but closed on May 12 in preparation for the re-opening, corporate communications manager Bethany Crocetti said. More than 35 residents were in line for the grand re-opening early Thursday morning. City resident Sandy Conner was among the first in line and said she arrived at 5:20 a.m. to check out the pottery offerings at the new store.
Store manager Mike Sweeney said he was excited to open at the new 21,800-square-foot storefront and to be part of the developing shopping center.
“We’re happy that we were able to stay in the center and keep Marshalls as a presence in Williamsburg,” he said.
As part of the ceremony, Sweeney presented Avalon Executive Director Teresa Christin and Board of Directors Chairwoman Emily Rossiter with a $10,000 check for the Avalon Center, a local domestic and sexual abuse treatment center.
“It’s hard to express how important this contribution is,” Christin said. “We’re at the end of the fiscal year, and it’s going to help us meet our goals for the year. We cannot do what we do without the support of the community, we absolutely need it.”
Marshalls also has national and local partnerships with charitable groups including JDRF, Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to a company news release.
The new Marshalls store is open daily at 1252 Richmond Road. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
The entire mixed-use Midtown Row development is expected to be completed during the first half of 2021, project head Aras Holden said in an earlier interview.
Water Country USA opens for the 2019 season this Saturday.
The water park offers more than 40 water rides and attractions, according to a news release, and will add the new Cutback Water Coaster on May 24. The ride will be Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster and the only one of its kind on the East Coast, Busch Gardens engineering senior leader Suzy Cheely said during a ride construction tour earlier this year.
After entering a specially designed four-person raft, Cutback will take riders along a 856-foot slide with water jet propulsion areas, where nozzles shoot water into pockets at the sides of the raft, forcing riders up and then back downhill. The entire ride will last about a minute, she said.
The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and will be open daily starting May 24, according to the release. For more information about the park, visit buschgardens.com/williamsburg/water-country-usa or call 757 229 4386.
David Martin has joined James City County’s Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land as its new harbormaster, according to a recent news release.
Martin is responsible for Two Rivers Marina and Yacht Club in his new role, and began his career as a harbormaster for Kingsmill, according to the release.
Martin succeeds his wife, Renie Martin, as the country club’s harbormaster. The marina and yacht club offers 78 floating slips, a boat launch ramp, a private beach and more, according to the release.
“What I love about working with boaters is that when they come, they aren’t worried about the boardroom or office or any every day concerns, they just want to relax and let their stress melt away,” Martin said in the release. “There is not a prettier marina around than Two Rivers Marina and Yacht Club and I look forward to helping our members enjoy a fun, safe boating experience.”
For more information, call 757 258 4610 or visit governorsland.com.
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