Pier 1, a home decor and furniture store, is officially closing its Manhattan location.

The store, at 320 Southwind Place near Target, will close within the next couple months, a store manager confirmed to The Mercury earlier this week.

Sources first said the store was closing in the fall, but management denied it.

The manager declined to comment on the reason for the store’s closure.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Pier 1 is closing up to 450 of its stores, citing that the company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has struggled to stay afloat competing against other retailers and online.

Little Batch Company expansion

Little Batch Company, which sells specialty bread, baked goods and other desserts, is expanding to a new location at 1018 and 1026 Poyntz Ave.

Hannah Pease, who owns Little Batch Company along with her mother, Phyllis, said it is an exciting time of growth for the business, which has been home based.

People are invited to visit the location Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the expansion into two renovated buildings on the property. Phyllis Pease is listed as the owner of the buildings.

“This is our first community meeting so people can ask questions,” Hannah said.

Proclamation

Similar to the Riley County Commission, the Manhattan City Commission recognized the days of Jan. 18-20 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration and day of service.

The commission made this proclamation at Tuesday’s legislative session.

Events will include the MLK Jr. Community Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Peace Memorial Auditorium; and a prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 20 at Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive.

“I’m pleased that the city has had the opportunity to recognize the Martin Luther King ... day and the week and all of the events that you’ve planned,” said commissioner Linda Morse. “Looking forward to attending those.”

Appointments

The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointments during the Tuesday legislative session:

  • Commissioner Wynn Butler, 3600 Windsong Court, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Mike Dodson on the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency board. Butler’s term starts now and ends Dec. 31.
  • Commissioner Linda Morse, 2118 Spain Drive, was appointed to fill the unexpired city rotating term of BeEtta Stoney on the Riley County Law Enforcement board. Morse’s term begins now and expires Dec. 31.
  • BeEtta Stoney, 805 Gillespie Drive, to fill the unexpired at-large term of Morse on the Riley County Law Enforcement board. Stoney’s term starts now and ends Dec. 31.