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Pottery Barn Plans To Open Its Doors To Southampton In The Spring

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Shaye Weaver   Sep 18, 2012 3:47 PM
Sep 19, 2012 8:57 AM

The rumors are true: Pottery Barn will open its doors in the spring at the corner of Hampton Road and Main Street in Southampton Village, in the former Saks Fifth Avenue building.

According to the building’s owner, Robert Rattenni, a deal with Williams-Sonoma, a San Francisco-based retail company that owns the home furnishing chain, was finalized in the beginning of September. The company is performing a “major interior renovation” of the 8,100-square-foot building.

“It appears that they are going to do a combination of Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids,” he added.

Mr. Rattenni said that he feels confident in his choice to lease to the company since Williams-Sonoma is a “very strong financial company.”

Pottery Barn signed a 10-year lease, with three, five-year options, Mr. Rattenni said.

“As I like to say, it’s a lot of value for your money and it will be open year-round and employ a lot of local people,” he said. “I think it will be a nice addition to the village.”

The fact that the business will stay open when pop-up shops disappear in the summer is a plus in Village Mayor Mark Epley’s mind.

“I’m happy to see that the building is going to be occupied by a long-term, year-round tenant,” he said on Tuesday.

Although the Pottery Barn will bring in more business to the village and cater to local residents as well as visitors, not everybody was as enthused by the news.

“Originally I was somewhat worried and perplexed,” said Henry Hildreth, the owner of Hildreth’s Department Store. “It was my beautiful wife, Colleen, who had put me on the straight and narrow. I’m a bit of a drama king.”

Mr. Hildreth said he has to face the inevitability of competition around the corner.

“That building is probably one of the most visible, opportunistic corners in the Village of Southampton,” he said. “It’s a prime location and should have a prime anchor and Pottery Barn will probably be one of those anchors in the village.”

Mr. Hildreth said there’s not much he can do but face the facts and continue doing what he’s always done.

“We have been in the business since 1842, and there’s a reason for that,” he said. “Long story short, we can’t do much about it except for buying complementary products or changing some of the merchandise.”

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Thank you PB for not seeking a change of zoning for 5 stories, 100,000 sq.ft, an underground parking garage for 500 cars., space for 6 helicopters on the roof and a spa. Whatda ya think, a chance ?
By lazymedic (99), southampton on Sep 18, 12 4:08 PM
Cool. So what's gonna go in the old Blockbuster space in Water Mill-- besides a pop-up Halloween store?
By johnj (234), Westhampton on Sep 18, 12 4:12 PM
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Pottery Barn Kids? You kidding? What do they sell for kids?
By Toma Noku (182), uptown on Sep 18, 12 4:26 PM
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By Summer Resident (102), Southampton N.Y. on Sep 18, 12 11:32 PM
Children's furniture, kids bedding, backpacks, stuff for school, ect
By Summer Resident (102), Southampton N.Y. on Sep 18, 12 11:32 PM
Kids furniture duh!
By ToniQ (5), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 12 8:43 AM
Toma Noku--PB sells comforters, sheets, lamps, furniture, and much more for kids.
By Mrs.Sea (204), Sag Harbor on Sep 18, 12 6:30 PM
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Thank you. I was thinking more along the lines of their cooking line and decor. I can now see what the kids things are.
By Toma Noku (182), uptown on Sep 18, 12 6:36 PM
I visted a house this summer which was decorated and outfitted completely with Pottery Barn
By Q333 (119), Southampton on Sep 19, 12 11:00 AM
EWWW
By dlbooks (1), Sag Harbor on Sep 19, 12 12:34 PM
Best news ever!! Yeeaahhhhh ....
By sandy5816 (5), Wesley Chapel on Sep 19, 12 7:32 AM
Good news for the Village's downtown, and ditto to lazymedic: kudos to Pottery Barn for renting an existing space in the Village and not building a mega-store somewhere else. Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend to re-vitalize the downtown.
By PBR (4369), Southampton on Sep 19, 12 7:40 AM
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This is awesome! It will be a great addition!
By ToniQ (5), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 12 8:45 AM
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I was really hoping this would be a Williams-Sonoma instead -- there are way more items in there that I might pop in to buy on any given weekend, and their product mix is less competitive with Hildreth's. Still, this is great news and it sure beats an H&M there (which was the rumor for a while!).
By Tay (22), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 12 11:17 AM
Why can't people just be happy that people still think the Hamptons are a place to own a business year round? Small businesses don't stay around for too long because rents are too high, so the only businesses that can afford to make it through the long, boring winter are the big corporate stores. What's wrong with supporting a new place? I'm sure plenty of other small business owners looked at that spot and just couldn't make the numbers work. Lower the rents and small business owners will come. ...more
By rita33 (11), East Quogue on Sep 19, 12 2:55 PM
The building was first our Town Hall. It was opened in June 1925. It still looks good. It would be so much nicer to have Williams-Sonoma in there. I hate the summer traffic trip out to Bridgehampton. Of course, it is a good thing to have it occupied. Maybe Henry could expand, umm spiff up, on his kitchen section.
By summertime (512), summerfield fl on Sep 26, 12 7:42 AM
When did the Post Office move in to this location before Nugent Street, and the SH Town Hall move to the corner of Hampton Road and Main Street?
By PBR (4369), Southampton on Sep 26, 12 7:53 PM
Sorry wrong article -- disregard comment above.
By PBR (4369), Southampton on Sep 26, 12 7:54 PM
Anything is better than VACANT
By EastEnd68 (846), Westhampton on Sep 26, 12 8:48 AM
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