Once store locations can reopen, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines from local government and health officials, Pier 1 Imports plans to liquidate all of its remaining stores. BY KELLY CORBETTMay 19, 2020
The last we heard from home goods chain Pier 1 Imports was in February when the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it would shutter 450 of its 942 stores. Today, Pier 1 Imports announced some pretty heartbreaking news: After 58 years in business, the company has filed a motion with the bankruptcy court to begin an orderly wind-down of all of its retail operations.
Once store locations can reopen, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines from local government and health officials, Pier 1 plans to liquidate all of its remaining stores. (Currently, there are 540 Pier 1 Imports stores still standing, as the company was still in the process of shuttering locations when the pandemic hit). As part of this court-supervised “wind-down,” the company plans to sell all of its inventory and remaining assets, including its intellectual property and e-commerce business.
“This is not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve,” said Robert Riesbeck, Pier 1’s CEO and CFO. However, he continues “We are grateful to our dedicated and hardworking associates, millions of customers and committed vendors who have collectively supported Pier 1 for decades. We deeply value our associates, customers, business partners and the communities in which we operate.”
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, the company hoped it would find a buyer to continue the brand. As Riesbeck notes: “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.”
Pier 1 started with a single store in 1962 in Forts-Worth, Texas. Over the span of almost six decades, the retailer became one of the country’s top destinations for globally-inspired home decor and accessories (it even earned a famous cameo on Friends).
Currently, Pier1.com orders are still being processed and filled and the retailer will still host its annual Memorial Day sale where shoppers can enjoy up to 40 percent off sitewide. You can shop Pier 1 Imports here.