Sonoma Backs Off Chain Store Ban

City Leaders Abandon Controversial Plan To Protect Town's Character

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:09 AM PDT
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Plan to Ban Chain Stores Backfires

Ron Day

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

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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.

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