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Williams-Sonoma at Merchants Square is closing

The Williams-Sonoma store at Merchants Square will close in a few weeks. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
The Williams-Sonoma store at Merchants Square will close in a few weeks. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

The Williams-Sonoma storefront at Merchants Square will be no more.

A big, white sign in the front window with the words “THANK YOU” stated the location, 440 W Duke of Gloucester St., would be closing.

“We will be closing this location,” the sign noted. “We apologize for any inconvenience and invite you to visit us at our nearby location or online at”

The Williamsburg store is Williams-Sonoma’s only location on the Peninsula — the nearest store is in Town Center Virginia Beach, 173 Central Park Ave.

A store manager told a WYDaily reporter the location would close on Jan. 26. She could not elaborate without “corporate’s” approval.

The national retailer announced it would close 25 stores for a total count of 601 by the end of fiscal year 2019, according to a Nov. 21 news release.

“Our results and continued success relative to the industry reflect that our strong value proposition of high quality, design-led, sustainable products is resonating with our customers,” Laura Alber, president and chief executive officer said at the time. “In a fragmented home furnishings industry, it is hard to overstate how important it has been for us to continually evolve to stay ahead of the pack and remain at the forefront of driving profitable growth.”

“Importantly, our digital-first model is a key component of our success,” she added.

The Williams-Sonoma store at Merchants Square is having a closeout sale with all items tagged 30 percent off and food is 50 percent off, according signage outside the front door.

“All sales final,” the sign added with a star.

A corporate spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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