Pier 1 plans to close all stores

Pier 1 Imports, a home goods chain that specializes in items from around the world, announced this week that it plans to close all of its 942 stores, including the one at the Chino Spectrum Towne Center on Grand Avenue.

The 58-year-old company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February and announced it would close 450 of its stores. 

Pier 1 officials have now filed a motion with the bankruptcy court to close all stores after liquidating its inventory and assets, including its online business. If the motion is approved, Pier 1 plans to hold liquidation sales after stores reopen from the coronavirus shutdown.

JCPenney to close some stores

The home goods retailer JCPenney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and company officials said they will close an undisclosed number of stores as part of the restructuring process, according to Business Insider.

The chain temporarily closed all 850 of its stores when the coronavirus outbreak struck the United States. Some of the locations in other states had reopened the beginning of this month using social distancing and other safety precautions.

It is unknown at this time if the JCPenney store on Ramona Avenue in Chino is one of the stores slated for closure.

The first JCPenney store opened in April 1902. In recent years, the chain has struggled as more customers turned to online buying.

Security firm plans career fair

The security guard company Securitas plans to host a drive-through career fair this coming week in its goal to recruit 1,200 employees across California.

Locally, career fairs will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at: 430 N. Vineyard Ave., suite 335, Ontario; and 2099 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim. 

Securitas plans to hire 10,000 positions nationwide and more than 10 percent of those jobs are in California.

Applicants are requested to wear masks.

Those unable to attend the drive-through event, can apply online at securitasinc.com/join-us.

Grant open to small businesses

Online grant applications will be accepted from qualified small businesses in San Bernardino County for the county’s COVID Complaint Business Partnership Program.

The county has dedicated $30 million to assist small businesses with some of the costs associated with reopening following the coronavirus shutdown. 

Among the requirements: businesses must have less than 100 employees, must be in business more than one year, must commit to comply with state and county health requirements. 

Each business is eligible for $2,500 to assist with costs associated with meeting health requirements.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis at https://bit.ly/3bxmst8.

Help for veterans to be provided

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Stater Bros. Charities and yogurt maker Chobani have committed $75,000 to support local military families through Operation Homefront.

The funds will provide support to local financially struggling military and veteran families with grocery bills, rent/mortgage and utility bills, home and car repairs.

There are two Stater Bros. markets in Chino and one in Chino Hills.

Property statement deadline extended

San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton said recently that the deadline for certain businesses to file Business Personal Property Statements has been extended from May 7 to Monday, June 1.

The extension is to help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis to avoid tax penalties.

California’s Revenue and Taxation Code requires that every person, who on Jan. 1 of each year, owns, claims, possesses, or controls business property, such as machinery and equipment, office furniture and computers, must file a property statement.

Information: San Bernardino County Assessor’s Business Property Division at 382-3220 or by email at per sonalproperty@arc.sbcounty.gov.

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