After almost sixty years, the home furnishings retailer is closing all of their 540 stores, And right now, you can score 40% off deals.

During the 1990's, I moved to five different cities for work. For every new apartment, a trip to Pier 1 Imports was a requirement. When I moved to Rockford in 1995, my apartment at Rock River Tower didn't have a room that wasn't filled with items bought at Pier 1.

My love for that store was my mother's doing. It started with a trip to completely redo the kitchen in my childhood home. I don't think I'd ever seen her so happy while shopping. I learned later that it was because she'd saved up quite a bit of money, and that was the only way to get several things at Pier 1. The store has always had a reputation for being a bit pricey. Perhaps that's why they're going out of business.

All 540 remaining (there were 936 at the beginning of the year) Pier 1 Imports stores will be closing and the liquidation sale has already begun online. Once they can reopen after COVID-19 lockdown, I'm sure the sale prices will be even better. The Rockford store is located at Forest Plaza 6325 E State St, Rockford.

For Memorial Day Weekend, all outdoor furniture and wall decor is 40% off. A government supervised auction to sell off all of their assets is scheduled for July 15, according to nypost.com.