The Pier 1 store in Sherman Plaza in downtown Evanston has closed, at least temporarily.

The shop at 1612 Sherman Ave. was one of the first to open in the mixed-use development in August 2006.

It was dark today with yellow “temporarily closed” signs posted in the windows.

The Pier 1 chain Thursday reported an 11.7 percent decline in quarterly sales and an analyist Friday downgraded the stock because of the company’s lagging turnaround efforts and the generally weak retail climate.

A call to a company spokesman this afternoon about the fate of the Evanston store was not immediately returned, and the store has disappeared from the list of store locations on the company website.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Pier 1 has been closed for weeks
    Several weeks ago, I was walking by and noticed that they were closed. There was a sign in the window indicating the store had suffered a flood of some kind and it appeared as if merchandise was piled up on shelves and moved away from one area of the store.

    I assumed it was damage from the storms, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pier 1 pulled the plug on the store altogether. Evanston retail is a pretty tough market right now.

    1. Pier 1 is gone
      Pier 1 is gone

      It was flooding from the LA Fitness pool just above it. As of this week, the entire contents of the store have been packed up and shipped to various other Pier 1 locations. Another blow to Evanston’s spotty retail scene.

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