The building housing Harriet’s Innerwear at 1725 E. Passyunk Ave. has been sold even without being put on the market, said owner Barbara Shapiro.
A reader tipped us off that signs were hung in the window about an ongoing “Retirement Sale” at the specialty bra and bridal fitting shop.
Interested buyers approached Shapiro and her husband with an offer to buy the building. It was like “a bomb dropped from heaven,” she said. “Most people plan their retirement,” Shapiro said. “Everything came together very quickly.”
Shapiro said it’s just the building that’s being sold in the deal and that she still maintains ownership of the Harriet’s business, including the inventory.
“The building is changing hands, but not the business,” Shapiro noted. Harriet’s will be open through mid-November with goods heavily discounted until either time or inventory runs out. “We won’t be ordering new inventory.”
As for the future of the building, Shapiro didn’t say who bought it or their plans. It is worth noting that since Shapiro owns the business, it leaves the door open for the possibility of a future Harriet’s location. She said the whirlwind nature of the deal means that Harriet’s could open at another location or even online.