SAN FRANCISCO-Despite operating in a challenging environment, Williams-Sonoma is continuing expansion plans, particularly of its West Elm division, executives said at the company’s fourth-quarter conference call.

The retailer will open 29 net new units: six Williams-Sonoma stores, six Pottery Barns, two Pottery Barn Kids, 12 West Elm Stores, two outlet stores and one Williams-Sonoma Home unit. Plans also call for 20 remodels.

“We’ll be operating in one of the most challenging environments we’ve seen in many years. Our approach is that this will not be business as usual,” said Howard Lester, chairman and CEO. “[But] over the last couple of years we’ve had many opportunities presented to us and we want to take advantage of them.”

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