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August 9, 2002

Williams-Sonoma will occupy corner building in Merchants Square

Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to announce that culinary retailer Williams-Sonoma will occupy the corner building in Merchants Square in early October 2002.

“We have been eager to make this announcement for some time and are delighted that we now can share this good news officially with the Williamsburg community,” said Edward S. “Ned” Dunn Jr., president of the Colonial Williamsburg Company, the for-profit subsidiary of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “Williams-Sonoma is a perfect fit for Merchants Square and the City of Williamsburg. Its arrival will further expand Merchants Square’s exciting, appealing shopping and dining experiences.”

“The Williamsburg area has grown tremendously over the last few years. We are excited to be a part of the community and Merchants Square,” said David Friedman, director of real estate with Williams-Sonoma Inc. “The center’s mix of current and future specialty tenants fits very well with our store. This will be a beautiful store in the heart of a fabulous area.”

Chuck Williams founded Williams-Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif., in 1956 with the goal of bringing the best French kitchenware to home cooks in the United States. Over the past 46 years, the company has become the most prominent culinary and home-centered specialty retailer in the country, and today it offers an exceptional selection of cookware, serve ware, 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, a widely distributed mail-order catalog and a web site at

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