Fort Worth-based home furnishings store Pier 1 has begun shutting down its three Alaska stores, including two in Anchorage, a Pier 1 spokeswoman said on Thursday.

It's part of a previous announcement to shutter 70 stores in the company's portfolio, though the number could increase the company said in an e-mailed statement.

“We are committed to having a substantial, national store presence as a cornerstone of our go-forward strategy," said spokeswoman Jennifer Engstrand-Reeder. "At the same time, we are working to optimize our footprint to align with the needs of the business."

Stores already have signs promoting steep discounts on its inventory.

Engstrand-Reeder said the company's two stores in Anchorage and one store in Fairbanks will close early next year, but the exact time for each location will vary.

"Any time we make decisions about our business, we carefully consider the impact to our associates," she said. "We are working with them privately as part of the store closing process."

She continued, "we deeply value the support of the communities in which we operate and are grateful to the Anchorage and Fairbanks communities for their loyalty to Pier 1 over the years.”

Anchorage lost another major retailer this year when Nordstrom closed its doors.

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