Chapter 11 Bankruptcy – Pier 1

CHAPTER 11 Bankruptcy
As a bankruptcy lawyer, I see many of my favorite retail stores filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Rough waters did not make Pier 1 a good sailor – Pier 1 Files Bankruptcy.   On-line competition clearly was a major factor in Pier 1 filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Pier 1 Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy:


  • Single store in 1962
  • Began by selling old beanbag chairs and love beads to hippies in California.
  • Grew to  offer just about anything for the home, from lounge chairs to curtains
  • At its height, Pier 1 had more than 1,200 stores.

Chapter 11 Outcome:

  • Filed for Chapter 11 in hopes of creating some financial stability
  • No buyer was found
  • Closed all 540 stores permanently
  • Could not compete with on-line businesses
  • COVID’s impact just intensified their dire financial woes.

Pier 1 is exclusively an on-line store.   

Filing bankruptcy may be the only option not only for businesses but also individuals as we move forward.  The new Subchapter V for small businesses is available when filing a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy  

Do not wait until your business has to close.   There is a new Subchapter V of Chapter 11 that allows Small Businesses and individuals to file bankruptcy.    This new Subchapter provides a less expensive and more streamlined process for filing Chapter 11.

We will see more and more retail stores close their doors.    On-line competition plays a big role in retail stores filing bankruptcy.    More and more consumers find it better and more efficient to purchase directly on-line.   “Going to the Mall” was a pleasurable experience.   Now going to the mall is just not seen as pleasurable.   You can search on-line and look at competitive pricing.   Many stores offer free shipping, too.

Call me for a free bankruptcy consult:   Ralph A. Ferro, Jr., Esq., (201) 446-5904 – Board Certified Bankruptcy Attorney.