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Williams-Sonoma Debuts New Brand

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San Francisco, Williams-Sonoma opened the first Williams-Sonoma Home store today in West Hollywood, Calif. The concept, initially introduced via a catalog last fall, will focus exclusively on premium home furnishings.

“The Williams-Sonoma Home store brings the catalog to life and allows us to further showcase the designs and expand our merchandise selection,” said David DeMattei, president of emerging brands, Williams-Sonoma.

The 18,500-sq.-ft. store features design-consultation space for customers to meet with complimentary design consultants, look over fabrics or enjoy a cappuccino. The merchandise selection, inspired by European designs with a California style, includes handcrafted wood furniture, lighting, tableware, imported bedding and decorative accessories.

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The Hits Keep Coming: BlueDolphin Leads the Way

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New York City, BlueDolphin-Magazines.com finished the week as the nation’s fastest moving retail Web site. According to the on-line intelligence firm Hitwise.com, the book retailer’s jump of 54,977 positions to its current rank as the 1,307th most visited Web site represents a 3,801% increase in the market share.

BlueDolphin claimed the top spot despite a strong 3,389% gain by office supply retailer Pitney Works, whose Web site ranking surged to 1,110th place, good for a leap of 40,193 positions. Rounding out the top three was International Wine Cellars’ rise of 156,139 slots, a 2,168% growth.

For the complete list of the top 25, click on the Industry Data tab located on the left side of this Web page.

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London Calling Whole Foods

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New York City, Whole Foods reportedly wants to open as many as five new stores in central London, beginning in early 2007. The food chain also believes it can introduce approximately 15 new stores into the London suburbs, with the hope that the British will be wooed by healthy and organic foods.

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