Sonoma Backs Off Chain Store Ban

City Leaders Abandon Controversial Plan To Protect Town's Character

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    Ron Day
    Big-box stores returning to Sonoma is a topic of debate for the city.

    Sonoma city leaders abandoned plans for a temporary ban on chain stores.

    According to the Press Democrat, the decision comes after news that retail giant Williams-Sonoma wants to open a store in the city.

    The original proposal called for a 45-day ban on large scale chain stores, to help protect the city's character.

    The City Council scraped the plan last night, over conncerns that Sonoma was shutting out economic development.