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Cookware giant Williams-Sonoma faces opposition over new store at original Sonoma site
SONOMA, Calif. (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, the Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/yf7gRs) reported Tuesday.
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.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com