Lumber Liquidators to open Williamsburg store July 12

Staff writer

After announcing that it would leave its Toano headquarters last year, Lumber Liquidators will open a store in Lightfoot on Friday, July 12.

The store will open in a 7,482-square-foot storefront at 6510 Richmond Road, according to a company news release. The new store will replace the Lumber Liquidators retail store attached to the Toano headquarters, and its staff will be transferred to the Williamsburg location.

“As a Virginia-based company, we are excited to open our first store in Williamsburg and be a part of this great community in the Commonwealth,” Lumber Liquidators Chief Customer Experience Officer Charles Tyson said in the release. “Customers can expect the same quality, trend-right flooring solutions and dedicated team they’ve come to expect at the Toano location, but now in an enhanced and improved space.”

Last July, the company announced that it would move its production, warehouse and corporate offices out of a 315,000 square-foot facility on John Deere Road in Toano, where it has been based since 2004.

The company plans to move its headquarters to a smaller 53,900-square-foot building on Staples Mills Road in Henrico County’s Libbie Mill-Midtown development in late 2019, according to a release at the time of the announcement.

In a statement to investors issued at the time, Lumber Liquidators CEO Dennis Knowles said the move will allow the company to grow its retail and installation services and transition away from manufacturing.

“With a growing business and new leadership team focused on product innovation, core retail operations and the customer experience, it is the right time for us to relocate to a smaller facility in a metropolitan environment,” he said.

The Richmond Road Lumber Liquidators store will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Vacation spot

Williamsburg placed among the best historical cities to visit, best small towns and best cheap vacations in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released 2019-2020 ranking of the best vacation destinations.

Williamsburg was named the fifth-best historical city to visit in the U.S., was ranked number 10 in the list of best cheap vacations in the U.S. and won the number 9 ranking in its list of best small towns to visit in the U.S.

The larger annual vacation ranking also includes lists like the best places to visit in the country, along with lists of the best international destinations. the website analyzed about 700 travel destinations around the world and combined editor scoring with user rankings and traveler’s opinions to develop the lists, according to a U.S. News and World Report news release.

“Williamsburg scored really well in the culture and the family and value categories in addition to scoring well in the historical category,” said Erin Shields, managing editor of travel at U.S. News. “It’s obviously very family-friendly, and it’s pretty unique with the costumed interpreters going around and all the various guided tours that they have, and the variety of tours.”

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Lavender fields

Local farm Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 5-7; visitors can go to the seven-acre lavender field and check out a wide variety of lavender-based products.

The farm, at 2301 Jolly Pond Road, is owned by Kerry Messer, who said she became inspired to start her own farm after feeling fed up with the hustle and bustle of city life. She said she purchased the farm about 16 months ago, and planted the first lavender seeds in April 2018.

The larger Sweethaven farm totals 134 acres, she said, but only the seven-acre field and its surroundings will be open to the public this weekend. The farm may also be open Thursdays through Saturdays throughout the rest of the month, but Messer said that will depend on how the summer lavender blooming season progresses.

“Our lavender actually bloomed a lot earlier than they typically would, so we’re sort of on the tail-end of the peak right now, so we had originally intended to be open every weekend of July, but I think we’re going to play it by ear,” she said.

Attendees can pick their own flowers and purchase bouquets as well as lavender honey, lemonade and other lavender-based products. Messer said she hopes to bring in local artisans and performers during seasonal events throughout the rest of the year.

Admission for those older than 10 is $5, which includes a $2 credit in the gift shop, Messer said. Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg will be open for visitors this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.

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