Williams-Sonoma will close stores in larger marketswhere it operates a high unit count, executives said last week atan investor conference."Our strategy for store closings is tooptimize our cost per square foot," CFO Sharon McCollam was quotedin the Wall Street Journal. The goal is not closing storesper se." She offered no specific locations for closure.The news comes after a strong holiday season by the company when same-store sales rose6.5%, and management upped fourth-quarterguidance.Over its most recent fiscal year, Williams-Sonoma closed34 stores, mostly in the Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids chains,and opened 17, leaving the company with 627 units. Hereis the list of Williams-Sonoma stores. Andhereare its Pottery Barns.Do you see any significantoverlap?

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