Pier 1 Imports opened its newest Baltimore-area store today in Hunt Valley Towne Centre.

Shoppers who come in through Wednesday will get free reusable bags and Pier 1 backscratchers.

The Fort Worth-based retailer has 22 stores in Maryland and introduced a new store concept three years ago.

"We...hope that our new location will inspire customers to discover the eclectic and fun merchandise that is unique to Pier 1 Imports," Alex W. Smith, president and CEO, said in the company's announcement.

Pier 1 offers furniture and home decor and holiday merchandise.

The store in the Shawan Road center, which will employ up to 20 people, features the chain's latest concept, designed to help customers visualize the products in their homes, let them touch and see the merchandise and make it easier to navigate the store.