WICHITA — Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports is bringing a third one of its home stores to Wichita, this time to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.
“It’s just a great location, and it certainly made a lot of sense for our business,” says Jennifer Engstrand, a Pier 1 spokeswoman.
The store will take 8,558 square feet next to where the new Kirkland’s is locating. That store along with five others – Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children's Place, Rue 21 and Christopher & Banks — are opening in two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.
The new Pier 1 will open in late summer or early fall. There are also Pier 1 stores at Bradley Fair on the east side and at 4500 W. Kellogg.
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For now, Pier 1 will have three stores in the market. Engstrand couldn’t say when the existing west-side Pier 1′s lease is up or if that store will close at that time.
She says the company will hire about 15 full and part-time employees.
April Reed of Slawson Cos., which owns NewMarket Square, handled the deal. Kansas City-based LaSala-Sonnenberg Commercial Realty represented Pier 1.
Slawson has one more imminent store announcement for that portion of NewMarket Square. Look for news soon.