A former Pier 1 employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed Friday to The Mercury that the home decor shop is closing.

Store employees were instructed to not inform customers about the closure, instead referring to it as a “clearance store.”

The employee said they decided to quit because they did not agree with the ethics of misinforming customers about the store’s status.

The Mercury called Pier 1 on Friday and a manager did not confirm the closure, instead stating that it is a “clearance store.” The manager referred The Mercury to contact the Pier 1 corporate office.

The Mercury emailed Pier 1, but store officials did not provide a response.

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