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Williams-Sonoma Home catalog inspires matching stores

SAN FRANSISCO — Williams-Sonoma's first Williams-Sonoma Home catalog has been in circulation for only a few weeks, but already the company is planning to open bricks-and-mortar stores to expand the luxury home furnishings concept.

According to the company's Web site, three to five Williams-Sonoma Home stores will open in fall 2005. Locations identified so far include Los Angeles and Palo Alto , Calif. ; Portland , Ore. ; and Cincinnati . Several stores will open near existing Williams-Sonoma stores, which focus on merchandise related to cooking and dining.

The new brand also will launch its own bridal registry next year, according to the site.