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Williams-Sonoma Pulls Pressure Cookers Off Shelves in Massachusetts

Following the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday in which pressure cookers were used for the explosion, the cookware giant has decided to temporarily stop selling the items in their Massachusetts stores.

OUTSIDE BOSTON, MA -- Williams-Sonoma, the specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware with over 250 stores in the United States, has pulled pressure cookers from their shelves following the Boston Marathon bombing.

"It's a temporary thing out of respect," said Kent, who is the Store Manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall. He referred Patch to corporate for further questions.

Pressure cookers will still be available on the Williams-Sonoma website.

Crate & Barrel is still selling pressure cookers in their stores, according to Elizabeth who is the General Manager of the location at the Natick Mall.

She noted that they hadn't sold any pressure cookers recently. Crate & Barrel will also be observing the statewide moment of silence today at 2:50 p.m., and had a floral arrangement set up. Their employees all wore Boston gear to work on Friday.

Macy's referred Patch to their corporate offices for comment.

Cairenn Day April 24, 2013 at 07:20 AM
I agree with you. Folks are making a mountain out of an ant hill. There will still be hundreds of stores where they can buy one. If the state wanted to prevent their sales, then they would have a right to be upset. I am thinking that after Newtown, Wal Mart pulled one type of gun that was used there. Where was the outrage at that? The basic problem is that Williams Sonoma is NOT one of 'their' stores. To them it is the place that uppies and liberals shop so it is open season to attack them
Junk Mail April 24, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Real Reason: "We pulled pressure cookers as a publicity stunt. Everyone look how sensitive Willams-Sonoma is. Now buy something else."
Joy Hicks April 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Almost everything today is for publicity - and the media puts it out there for everyone to see. I will not give up my pressure cookers (3) for anyone. It's how I coped as a busy single mom of 4 while working full time and how I still cope as a worn out grandma still working 40+ hours per week. But I will also not be buying anything from Williams-Sonoma because of this "stunt".
Geni April 24, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I think that is a nice gesture and it costs them nothing and may get them a larger customer base as well. However, I will not be registering my pressure canner anytime soon! (Yes I understand that the pressure cooker isn't the real issue here.)
C. Thomas April 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
They need pressure cooker control now! These assault cookware have no sporting purpose and with today's microwaves and forced air convection oven technology, are an archaic and dangerous tool of destruction in the wrong hands. At least have a background check and a waiting period, ESPECIALLY for those high capacity pressure cookers, that can hold more than 10 ounces. No one needs a pressure cooker with a capacity of more than 10 ounces to cook deer or defend themselves. The time to ban these military style cookware deathmachines is now! While there is still strong public support. Do it for the children!

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