The Piccadilly, the classic women’s clothing store that’s been a Princeton staple for 45 years, will close its doors at the end of this month.
The store owners announced their retirement in a letter to customers.
“We are writing this letter to inform you that we plan to retire,” wrote sisters and co-owners Judy and Ruth. “However, we are also writing this letter to thank you for fourty-five years of friendship and support. We were delighted to know as many as three generations of a family, some of whom moved to other parts of the world.
“We always felt that the Piccadilly was not just a clothing store but also a place where we shared our special moments, our times of joy and too, our times of sorrow,” the letter continued. “We laughed a lot together and yes, there were moments of tears. As we go forward there is one thing of which we are sure- the memories of the many years spent here will always be a part of us."
As word of the store's closure spreads through town, customers are mourning a store they could always count on.
Longtime customer and Princeton resident Verna Matthews said the Piccadilly was the place to find that perfect jacket or other clothing item for a special occasion.
“They really knew what Princeton people liked,” Matthews said. “And it’s in town. I believe in shopping in Princeton when I can, I avoid the mall at all costs in favor of local stores.”
The store is holding a retirement sale through Dec. 31.
“We hope that when you wear that special jacket or perhaps that favorite accessory, you will think of us,” Judy and Ruth wrote in their letter. "You can be certain of one thing- that we will always remember you. Thank you again for the many years of friendship and support.”