Williams-Sonoma Hopes To Open Store At Original Site

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A woman looks at mixers at a Williams-Sonoma store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A woman looks at mixers at a Williams-Sonoma store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Cookware giant Williams-Sonoma wants to go home.

But the $3 billion chain is facing opposition over a new store at the original downtown Sonoma site.

Ninety-seven-year-old Chuck Williams opened his first store on Broadway in 1956. He introduced a European aesthetic that revolutionized the way Americans cook and helped brand the city as a place to enjoy the good life.

The Sonoma City Council is weighing whether to pass new regulations for chain stores.

It will decide Wednesday whether to enact a moratorium on such businesses until a proposed ordinance is drafted.

Sonoma Mayor Joanne Sanders is opposed to chain-store regulations and thinks it would be a loss to bar one of the most successful businesses in the United States from returning home.

 

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