FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR) today announced an organizational redesign of its corporate workforce to better align its operations with its long-term strategy and enable the Company to improve agility, reduce costs and reinvest in building core competencies.
The organizational redesign is being completed as part of a broader review of Pier 1’s operations, undertaken with the assistance of outside consultants, to enhance the Company’s processes, capabilities and cost structure. Pier 1 established the Company’s new organizational structure based on industry benchmarks for each department, with changes including the elimination of certain roles, a realignment of responsibilities for some associates, new reporting structures and the creation of new positions.
“Since stepping into the role of Interim CEO in December 2018, my primary focus has been to work with the leadership team in developing an action plan to return the Company to growth and set Pier 1 up for future success,” said Cheryl Bachelder, Pier 1’s Interim CEO and a member of its Board of Directors. “We have approached this important task with a sense of urgency, establishing a narrow set of immediate strategic priorities and leveraging opportunities to improve how we operate and deliver the style, value and selection of merchandise that our customer wants. Our new organizational structure sets the right foundation for a series of steps we plan to take in the coming months across the areas of merchandising, marketing, margins and costs. This redesign organizes our leaders and associates around critical competencies and will enable us to reorient how we invest in our company to support the business over the long term.”
The organizational redesign will result in a net reduction of approximately 20 positions, including the filling of open positions and additional new hires Pier 1 expects to complete over the course of fiscal 2020, and is expected to be approximately net neutral to earnings for the fiscal year. The redesign is not expected to impact Pier 1 stores or store associates.
Management will discuss the organizational redesign and outline key priorities and its action plan during the upcoming fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2019 financial results conference call.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2019 Financial Results and Conference Call
The Company will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended March 2, 2019 after market close on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and will hold a conference call to discuss the results at 4:00 p.m. Central Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time that afternoon. A live audio webcast will be accessible at the Company’s website at https://investors.pier1.com. The call can be accessed domestically at (866) 378-2926 and internationally at (409) 350-3152, conference ID 3193662.
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About Pier 1
Founded with a single store in 1962, Pier 1 is a leading omni-channel retailer of unique home décor and accessories. The company’s products are available through more than 970 Pier 1 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at pier1.com. For more information or to find the nearest store, please visit pier1.com.