M&A Deal Summary

Williams-Sonoma Acquires Pottery Barn

On September 1, 1986, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. acquired retail company Pottery Barn, Inc. from The Gap, Inc.

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Williams-Sonoma’s 1st transaction in the Retail sector.
  • This is Williams-Sonoma’s 1st transaction in the United States.
  • This is Williams-Sonoma’s 1st transaction in California.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 1986-09-01
Target Pottery Barn, Inc.
Sector Retail
Buyer(s) Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Sellers(s) The Gap, Inc.
Deal Type Divestiture

Target

Pottery Barn, Inc.

San Francisco, California, United States
website
Pottery Barn, Inc. is a specialty retail provides home furnishes.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

San Francisco, California, United States

website


Category Company
Founded 1956
SectorRetail
Employees12,200
Revenue 6.8B USD (2021)
DESCRIPTION

Williams-Sonoma is a multi-channel specialty retailer of high quality products for the home. Williams-Sonoma was founded in 1956 and is based in San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 1 of 3
Sector (Retail) 1 of 2
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 1
State (California) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 1 of 3
Year (1986) 1 of 1
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-11-01 Rejuvenation, Inc.

Portland, Oregon, United States

Rejuvenation is aprovider of classic American lighting and house parts general store for home improvement whose mission is to add real value to homes, buildings, and projects.

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Seller(S) 1

SELLER

The Gap, Inc.

San Francisco, California, United States

website


Category Company
Founded 1969
SectorApparel/Textiles
Employees117,000
Revenue 13.8B USD (2021)
DESCRIPTION

GAP is a specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies. The Gap was formed in 1969 and is based in San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 1 of 3
Sector (Retail) 1 of 2
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 3
State (California) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 1 of 3
Year (1986) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
1983-02-01 Banana Republic

San Francisco, California, United States

Banana Republic is a clothing and accessories brand and retailer.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2008-09-22 Athleta, Inc.

Petaluma, California, United States

Athleta caters to the 25-55 age group and sells clothes for yoga, running, skiing, and surfing via its Website and catalog.

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