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Gillmer looks to sell Red Wing Pottery Salesroom

Two weeks ago, Red Wing Pottery owner/manager Scott Gillmer announced he intends to sell the family business by year’s end or cease operations.

Gillmer said soon he received some inquiries to the purchase Red Wing Pottery. After some recent play from Twin Cities media this week, more interested parties have arisen.

“Essentially the family owns two assets,” Gillmer said. One is the property along Old West Main Street and the other includes the Red Wing Pottery name, the inventory and the operations, he said. Together they comprise the Pottery Salesroom.

While Gillmer said ideally one buyer would buy both entities, he will consider selling them separately. He added that he won’t keep the retail doors open through another winter, but he will keep the historic name until a buyer emerges.

In addition to selling merchandise, the salesroom makes salt-glazed pottery.

Red Wing Stoneware Co. products also are sold at the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom. Gillmer said it was important to note Red Wing Stoneware has no part in the sale of Red Wing Pottery.

“We want people to understand Red Wing Stoneware is a separate business,” he said.

The Smokey Row Café closed Nov. 2, but the remaining adjacent businesses will be open until at least the end of year, at which time – if there is no buyer – Gillmer said will begin to liquidate assets.

Gillmer is the third generation of his family to operate the business.

Red Wing Pottery Sales Inc. currently employs 13 full-time and 27 part-time employees, according to the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce.

Fiacre’s Garden, Gift Gallery, Loons and Ladyslippers, and Candy Store are the businesses, along with the salesroom, currently occupying the property for sale.

Wheelhouse Cycles, which shared a building with Smokey Row, closed in September.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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