Pier 1 Imports to Open E-Commerce Fulfillment Center, Add More than 150 Jobs to Columbus Region

June 30, 2014

Columbus, OH – Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) will open an e-commerce fulfillment center in Grove City, Ohio, to complement its existing Columbus Region distribution center. This will be the company’s second e-commerce facility, with its sister operation located in Mansfield, Texas. The expansion is planned to bring more than 150 jobs to the Region over the next three years.

“The early success of our omnichannel strategy – ‘1 Pier 1’ – has led to a considerable acceleration of our e-commerce sales,” said Alex W. Smith, President and CEO of Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas- based company that operates home furnishing and decor retail stores across the U.S. and Canada. “The Columbus Region’s exceptional distribution and logistics capabilities and outstanding talent pool, as well as its optimal location for e-commerce business, were all factors that led us to expand our Grove City operations.”

To support the expansion, the company is upgrading 195,000 square feet of distribution space located at 5701 North Meadows Drive in Grove City.

Pier 1 Imports plans to create more than 150 new jobs, including warehouse associate and management positions, and will add to its current roster of more than 100 full-time associates currently employed in Grove City. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in summer 2014.

“Pier 1 Imports has always been a valued partner in our community, and we’re thrilled to see their continued investment in Grove City,” said Ike Stage, mayor of Grove City. “We’re always pleased when an existing company experiences success, because that means we can look forward to a long-lasting relationship. Pier 1 Imports is a great example.”

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About Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of home décor and furniture. Information about the Company is available on www.pier1.com.

About Columbus 2020
Columbus 2020 is a public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world ́s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit ColumbusRegion.com.

Contact:
Kenny McDonald
614-225-6063

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