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October 18, 2002

Williams-Sonoma store celebrates grand opening in Merchants Square

The new Williams-Sonoma kitchenware store celebrated its official opening in Merchants Square Saturday, Oct. 5. Jeanne Zeidler, mayor of Williamsburg, and Edward S. “Ned” Dunn Jr., president, Colonial Williamsburg Company, presided over a special ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the latest addition to the downtown shopping area on the corner of Duke of Gloucester and South Boundary Street.

Founded in 1956 by Chuck Williams in Sonoma, Calif., Williams-Sonoma is the most prominent culinary and home-centered specialty retailer in the country, offering an exceptional selection of cookware, serving pieces, tools and linens, along with distinctive foods, cooking ingredients and a comprehensive cookbook selection.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Williams-Sonoma operates more than 220 retail stores nationwide, including stores in Norfolk, Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va., as well as a widely distributed mail-order catalog and an e-commerce web site at
Williams-Sonoma also is the parent company for a number of popular home furnishings and accessories stores including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Hold Everything and Chambers.

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