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Williams-Sonoma plans $100-million facility

Olive Branch gets distribution center

OLIVE BRANCH — Williams-Sonoma Inc., a national retailer of products for the home, has begun plans to build a $100-million retail distribution facility in Olive Branch.

Jerry Owens, Williams-Sonoma’s senior vice president, distribution, said his company chose the 128-acre site because of “wide-open spaces, a major truck corridor, developing infrastructure, TVA power, welcoming neighbors and the support of government leaders.”

Construction is planned in two phases. Phase One will include 750,000 square feet and is scheduled for completion by June 1999. After planned Phase Two’s completion, the facility will comprise 2.2 million square feet and employ up to 500 people.

The site is being developed by Phoenix-based Hewson Company which will lease the facility to Williams-Sonoma.

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