The JCPenney store at Mount Berry Mall closed as part of the retail shutdown stemming from the pandemic. Then came word that the retailer was planning to shed another 240 stores for good because of declining sales. The company filed for bankruptcy last Friday (CBS).
Since May 1, Penny has listed stores reopening in Augusta, Columbus, Fayetteville, Hiram and McDonough but no Rome reference. Earlier this week, the mall posted on Facebook a list of its now-open retailers — Penny was not among them. Also still closed: Town Center, Arbor Place, North Point (Alpharetta)
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Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Pier 1 announced its closing. The 9,520-square-foot store at Riverbend Center in Rome is vacant and the phone number disconnected. The company’s website included this update: “Pier 1 announced on May 18, 2020 that it has filed a motion seeking court approval to begin an orderly wind-down of the company’s retail operations as soon as reasonably possible after store locations are able to reopen following mandated closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cCompany expects to continue serving customers in its stores through early fall 2020. Store closing dates will vary by location.”
Whistle Britches to close May 30: As previously announced, the Broad Street boutique is closing the brick-and-mortar location at month’s end. A 50 percent off sale is under way. The Rusty Zipper in Calhoun remains open.