Pier 1 Imports To Permanently Shutter All Stores Including 20 In Georgia

Home goods retailer has been unsuccessful in finding a buyer after filing for bankruptcy in February.
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Pier 1 Imports is permanently closing all of its 540 stores after 54 years in business, including its 20 Georgia locations.

The home goods retailer Tuesday announced the news three months after filing for bankruptcy and is seeking to shut down its retail operations ASAP.

Pier 1 said that stores being unable to reopen following the government-mandated closures during the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason for pulling the plug.

“We are grateful to our dedicated and hardworking associates, millions of customers and committed vendors who have collectively supported Pier 1 for decades,” Robert Riesbeck, Pier 1’s chief executive and chief financial officer, said in a statement.

“We deeply value our associates, customers, business partners and the communities in which we operate, and this is not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve. This decision follows months of working to identify a buyer who would continue to operate our business going forward. Unfortunately, the challenging retail environment has been significantly compounded by the profound impact of COVID-19, hindering our ability to secure such a buyer and requiring us to wind down.”

As part of the “wind-down,” the company intends to sell its inventory and remaining assets, including its intellectual property and e-commerce business, through the court-supervised process.

The company in late-2019 announced it had already planned on closing stores in Ansley Mall, Buckhead Place.


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citizenseven
1 month ago

To me Pier 1 is/was more iconic than Jeffrey. I remember as a kid the Pier 1 next to Eckerd Drugs seemed so cool and fancy.

I.P.30307since1987!
1 month ago
Reply to  citizenseven

Are you a native Atlantan?

citizenseven
1 month ago

Not native, just old enough to have been around a long time 😉

CreoleDude
1 month ago

One of my favorite housewares stores! Sad to see it go

Jay
1 month ago

That’s too bad. But admittedly haven’t bought anything there since sometime in the 90s, so I wasn’t helping their cause much. I think we’re about to have a lot of dead malls and empty shopping centers like you see at Gwinnett Place.

I.P.30307since1987!
1 month ago

I was bummed when Radio Shack closed at Ansley…
Change can be hard.

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