Behind the construction tape: exclusive expansion sneak peek!

outside retail store

Construction is moving along on our new additions. The roofs were put on just in time for winter! We employee-owners finally got to go on a walk-through of the new buildings and see the updates up close. It’s amazing! Since it’s the season of giving, we thought we would share some of our photos with you.

From the new parking area, an outside view of the new retail store. The construction vehicles are parked in part of the future wraparound courtyard drop-off area. A really great idea on those rainy days… only one person needs to get wet!

The workers are building a part of the open-beam covered roof way leading into our courtyard.

Once completed, our courtyard will be covered with gorgeous multicolor stone. All of the beams around the buildings will be left exposed. In the direct center of the picture will be our main entrance.

There will also be quick entrances to the retail store and the Baking Education Center for those in a hurry, or taking a late-night class. Every entrance will be clearly marked.

The retail store will incorporate lots of natural light. The placement of the windows high up in the ceiling allows for light to reach more of the room, but shields the clothing and packages from sun bleaching.  Once again, the beams will be left exposed, keeping the charmingly rustic theme flowing throughout.

The rain held off for the duration of our walk-through, and we were able to stand in the future main entrance into the store and look out onto the courtyard and driveway. It’s going to be a very impressive site to drive up to.

One of the most exciting things for our customers will be these two windows leading into the current retail store/future café. They will enable customers to peer into the bread section of our bakery, and watch the master bakers at their craft.

It’s hard to imagine that there is more left to see… but there is! Unfortunately, walls were being sprayed with foam in the Baking Education Center at the time of our tour, so we weren’t allowed in. The bakery was also not quite ready for photos at the time. Just something to look forward to in the future!

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  1. "Dawn DeMeo"

    We drove up there yesterday. Everything looks great so far! We were disappointed not to see the throne this time though. I have a picture of my daughter and I sitting there from when she was just a few months old. Now she’s 19 months old. I thought it would be fun to compare how much bigger she’s gotten since our last drive up. (We’re 2 hours away, so usually I just stick to online ordering.)
    I’m so sorry, our throne is in storage at the moment while we continue with our expansion project. The good news is that it shall return.

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  2. Johnnie Mc

    I love King Arthur flour & I love what you are doing with the website. Is there a place where I can learn about the past history of King Arthur Flour Company? I think it is unusual for a flour milling company to be so far from wheat fields in the United States. I think it would interesting to read about it. Thank you.

    Johnnie, you might enjoy this history of King Arthur Flour. Our King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook also includes an introduction with lots of our history. Our company began in Boston 221 years ago, when there really weren’t any wheat fields in America; and rather than continue to move the business west as the company grew, we just stayed put! PJH

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  3. WR

    Looking forward to my next visit to the KA Store. When do you expect the project to be finished??

    It’ll be finished in sections – I believe the first part will be finished in April, the last part in June… We’ll look forward to seeing you here! PJH

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  4. Bea

    I like these occasional blog posts about what goes on at the actual store. Can you post more about store happenings besides the construction?
    Thank you so much for the suggestion. I will add it to our customer wish list. ~Amy

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