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Williams-Sonoma coming to downtown San Luis Obispo

A Williams-Sonoma store will open in San Luis Obispo later this year. The company has posted signs noting “Now Hiring” outside the Chinatown project on Monterey Street near the Mission.
A Williams-Sonoma store will open in San Luis Obispo later this year. The company has posted signs noting “Now Hiring” outside the Chinatown project on Monterey Street near the Mission. nwilson@thetribunenews.com

A Williams-Sonoma kitchenware and home furnishings store will open in downtown San Luis Obispo in November.

Two signs announcing that the company is hiring have been posted outside the Chinatown mixed-use development along Monterey Street near Mission San Luis Obispo.

“For now, I can confirm that we are opening a Williams-Sonoma store, which will also include Williams-Sonoma home furnishings, in San Luis Obispo,” said Lauren Tarzia, the company’s public relations manager.

The store will be located on the ground level of Monterey Street near Mission Plaza. It will be among the nine retail spaces available as part of the Chinatown project, said Therese Cron, property manager for Copeland Properties, which is developing the site.

Other stores that have already signed on to the Chinatown retail spaces include the Paso Robles bistro Thomas Hill Organics and H&M clothing retailer.

“We’ll hold the grand opening of the Monterey Street level in November,” Cron said. “We’re really excited about it and the stores that are coming to town.”

Cron declined to comment on how much square footage Williams-Sonoma will take up, projected sales revenues or the length of the lease.

San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma sells an assortment of kitchenware products and home furnishings. In addition to Williams-Sonoma, the company’s brands include Pottery Barn, West Elm (modern furniture and accessories), PBteen (home furnishings for young adults), Rejuvenation (light fixtures and hardware) and Mark and Graham (monogrammed gifts).

People interested in applying for positions at the new location can email ws_slo@wsgc.com.

The Copeland Properties’ Chinatown mixed-use redevelopment consists of about 50,000 square feet of retail space and 2,780 square feet of office space, as well as 37 apartments on Monterey Street and an 80-room hotel on Palm Street.

The hotel — called Hotel SLO — will be operated by the Piazza Hospitality Group. It will be connected to the apartments, retail and office spaces by a pedestrian plaza at the center of the project. Cron said she expects the hotel to open in mid-2017.

The 20,000-square-foot H&M store’s opening will mark its first location in San Luis Obispo County.

The residential units will be composed of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and will be located on the second floor, above the three historic buildings. Copeland Properties will lease the units, which are expected to be completed by June.

The Copeland Properties’ Chinatown development was approved by the city in 2009 after years of impassioned debate over its design and height. The company first approached the city about a three-stage redevelopment of a significant part of downtown in 1999.

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