Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June.

Business: Pier 1 closing store in Rome, perhaps as soon as April. Second closing in that area since June.

 

Closing sale signs are up at Pier 1 Imports in Rome. Hometown photo.

Sixteen years ago, the stores rising from the remnants of the old mall had the attention of Rome area residents. Among them was Pier 1 Imports, joining anchors Barnes & Noble, Kroger and others.

On Tuesday, Pier 1 posted the closing signs in its windows at the 1438 Turner McCall Blvd. address. An employee says no firm date is set for the closing but the word from corporate is to expect to be shuttered by April. The Rome store is one of 450 locations the retailer is shutting it down or roughly half of is total number of stores. The Rome location offers 9,520 square feet under roof.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Facebook

It is the second closing in the Turner McCall/Riverbend area in recent months. Payless Shoe Source closed at the corner of Riverbend and Turner McCall last summer; the site continues to be marketed.

What is odd: Today, all eyes are on the 20 to 28 stores expected to fill East Bend, a combination of retail and restaurants locations rising on the 20 acres that once was home to Kmart and a small strip center. A handful of restaurants and Discount Tire have been confirmed for East Bend, most opening this coming summer and fall. Both Riverbend Center and East Bend are owned by Ledbetter Properties Inc.

Pier 1’s Cartersville location closed in June 2016 as part of another contraction.

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