Pier 1 Imports returned to Cranbrook Village in April after a five-year absence. The home decor, furniture, and gift retailer, which previously occupied a freestanding building on Eisenhower, replaced Old Country Buffet in the center’s main building.

Manager Karen Huney says the customer response has been “unbelievable! … They say they’re so happy we’re back and glad that they don’t have to travel to the other side of town” to the Pier 1 on Carpenter Rd. Melissa Sperling, who lives in Dexter and used to shop at the former Cranbrook store, says the new one caught her eye during one of her regular visits to Whole Foods, a few doors down. On a weekday morning she was shopping with her mother, Susan Champagne, for kitchen items. “I can get so many ideas here for decorating and everything is so different from other stores,” Champagne says. Manager Huney says some of the biggest sellers since the April opening are pillows and outdoor decorations and furnishings.

Pier 1 Imports, 926 W. Eisenhower (Cranbrook Village), 913-6087. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. pier1.com