Boutique Leaving Greenville for Fairfax

Peter Kate owner Sissy Harris, front, with several of the women (including mom Kathy Savage far left) who work at Peter Kate in Powder Mill Square

A glamorous, longtime pillar of the Greenville retail scene is heading east across the Brandywine River to a new Concord Pike location, TSD has learned.

Peter Kate will move from 19807’s Powder Mill Square, where they opened in 2001, to a 3,000+ square foot space in Fairfax Shopping Center. Their new location will occupy space previously managed by Radio Shack, next door to Le Shio Restaurant.

The move will likely take place in August.

“After 15 years it was a very hard decision to come to, but we are very excited,” said Peter Kate owner Sissy Harris. Harris said the new location will provide 30% more space, and they are working with architects and designers to create a store with a modern feel with expanded room to shop and browse. Their current shopping space is split on two floors with storage below.  Shoppers and employees will have an easier time navigating the new space in Fairfax.

Jen O’Neal and Jolie Houston enjoying Peter Kate’s 15th anniversary party earlier this year

Harris said there is a lot she will miss about Greenville, including her business neighbors, the community, and the memories of  special events, including the crowded Girls Nite Outs.  

“It has been a tremendous experience being here. I love Powder Mill, and I love Greenville. We have wonderful and loyal customers, and so many of our shoppers have become friends of ours. So I hope to build on that success and do it in an even larger area.”

Harris hopes her new store will attract shoppers from the nearby business communities along the 202 corridor and the many housing developments in the area.

Children’s clothing store Two Sisters also will be moving from its current spot next door to Peter Kate, to the Independence Mall in Fairfax.

Owner Shanna Yalamanchili said that her customers come from all over the state as well as from Maryland and the Philadelphia suburbs. So she no longer felt it was critical to stay in Greenville. “For us the main thing was the reduced rent,” said Yalamanchili. But she says the new space will also be brighter and is better suited for her merchandise. “The Independence Mall also has a boutique style, and we really wanted to maintain the boutique feel of our store in our new location.” 

Powder Mill Square, recently acquired by the Pettinaro Company – adding to their extensive Greenville holdings – offers some of the most exclusive retail real estate in Delaware. 

Company president Greg Pettinaro told TSD he is in active discussions with new tenants to fill the Peter Kate and Two Sisters spaces, which will be vacated some time in August.

Pettinaro recently scored the arrival of the gift shop Whimsy, and TSD has learned that a Rita’s Water Ice is soon to fill the 800 square foot location that hosted Brew Ha Ha prior to their move into new space next door.

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9 Comments

  • This is a bad move for Peter Kate. I rarely ever go to Fairfax. I hope this isn’t the downfall of another retailer. Good luck.

    • Personally I think it’s great !! Expanding both their space for more comfortable shopping & their client base in a busy area is fantastic.

      Hopefully their current clients remain faithful shoppers and drive the short hop to the new larger place and support them.

    • Well hopefully you will show your supposed loyalty to a business you like and drive the short distance to Fairfax and support their excitement at expanding to a larger store.

  • I’m looking forward to seeing your store open in Fairfax. You will be very happy with the traffic your store will see! As a business owner with a store on Rt. 202 I know the importance of customer traffic. I wish you much success! Can’t wait!!!!!

  • I think it’s a good move because many shoppers feel intimidated shopping in Greenville- be sure to look at some price points.

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