ROCKLAND, Maine — Sweet Peas, a consignment store specializing in baby and youth clothes is relocating and expanding its sales line to include adult clothing and household items.
According to owner Laurie Campbell, the new location will allow the business to better serve customers.
The new store, expected to open in mid-to-late-June, will be located at 229 Park St.
A news release issued by the city’s Community Development office pointed out that the business, formerly named “Lil Sweet Peas,” was dropping the ‘Lil’ because it was not so little anymore.
Campbell purchased the business in 2013. The shop had been in operation as a children’s consignment store since the mid-1980s at the corner of Union and Willow streets.
Since the purchase, she and her fiance, Josh Boyer, have made significant improvements, gained new consignors and expanded the selection, according to the news release. In the new location, the shop will offer a more complete family-oriented inventory that will include men’s clothes, plus sizes, maternity clothing, furniture and household items. The new store will offer more convenient drive up, drop off for consignors. Customers also can participate in a rental program for children’s cribs, strollers and other products.
Campbell intends to start a new program called Operation Community Contribution that will help support local charitable organizations as a part of the business, allowing consignors to designate a portion of their consignment to a local charity of their choice.
A grand reopening and ribbon cutting for the business will be held when the new location is opened.
Campbell’s current location is available for lease for retail or commercial space. Rockland Community Development Director John Holden said in the news release that the site is a good location for a small retail operation.
“There is a lot of new activity in downtown, with nearly 100 percent occupancy along Main Street,” Holden said. “We continue to field a number of inquiries from entrepreneurs and existing businesses seeking new locations.”