Pier 1 files for bankruptcy, hopes to sell company

Pier 1 said Monday it will pursue a sale, with a March 23 deadline to submit bids. (Source: WVIR)
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(AP) - Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. is filing for bankruptcy protection.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has been struggling with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair.

Pier 1 said Monday it will pursue a sale, with a March 23 deadline to submit bids.

In the meantime, the company says lenders have committed approximately $256 million in debtor-in-possession financing so it can still operate during the Chapter 11 proceedings.

Last month, Pier 1 announced it would close 450 stores, including all its stores in Canada.

The company is also closing two distribution centers.

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