Kennett Square’s western edge flourishing as businesses move into Cannery Row

FRAN MAYE - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIAThis building is the first of several that is being developed in the western edge of Kennett Square, part of Cannery Row properties.
FRAN MAYE - DIGITAL FIRST MEDIAThis building is the first of several that is being developed in the western edge of Kennett Square, part of Cannery Row properties.

KENNETT SQUARE >> The western edge of Kennett Square is about to bloom.

A 5.2-acre property known as Cannery Row, which is located near the boundary between the Kennett Square Borough and Kennett Township, is nearing completion of its first phase, and already all space of the approximately 11,300 square foot building is leased.

Located adjacent to Magnolia Place and Victory Brewing off of Mill Road, Cannery Row consists of ground floor commercial spaces with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments above. A dog park, public plaza and on-site parking finish off this project that will soon offer a new walkable destination for Kennett Square’s thriving downtown.

Last year, construction of a sidewalk that extends from the central business district all the way to the western edge of town, at Victory Brewing, was completed.

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James Pinckney, a real estate agent for Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate, said the project will give a new, fresh look to the western portion of town.

“We are really excited about this project,” he said. “We want to serve a local community with local shops. We aren’t looking for chains.”

The project is unique because it involved cooperation between Kennett Square and Kennett Township officials. Just over 1.3 acres sits on the borough side and 3.9 acres in the township. When all phases are completed, the 36,000-square-foot development will include a mix of stores, offices, a restaurant, and two-story apartments.

Mike PiaJ Jr., manager for Cannery Row Properties, said the project will greatly enhance Kennett Square’s western edge, which in recent years has seen the addition of the Market at Liberty Place and Victory Brewing.

“We are fortunate enough to be in a time in Kennett where we have so many positive forces working together, and so many people working to make Kennett the best it can be,” Pia said. “It is undeniable as far as I am concerned that people want to be in Kennett.”

The first tenants to occupy these great new custom spaces include:

Keller Williams Realty - The Matt Fetick Team: Selling homes in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Revolution BJJ Boxing & Fitness: Offering youth and adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, cardio kickboxing, kids Yoga, youth wrestling, and personal training in a brand new premier facility with highly qualified instructors.

Keller Williams Realty - The Rory Burkhart Team: Experienced real estate brokers.

Textile: A women’s boutique featuring contemporary clothing lines and accessories as well as hand selected vintage. This curated collection will include Philadelphia-based jewelry designer, Bario Neal as well as The Shaina Mote collection of “timeless staples for the distinctive and modern woman”.

Yoga Secrets: Yoga Secrets owners Lexa Chernin and Elizabeth Gehrt are excited to be bringing their studio to Cannery Row this summer! Yoga Secrets is a community of practitioners with thousands of hours of training and teaching experience whose focus is wellness using the ancient tools of Yoga and Ayurveda. Yoga Secrets offers group classes, private lessons and consultations, workshops, Yoga and Ayurveda certification trainings and special events. It is open every day.

With construction in full gear, the anticipated move in dates for these new tenants will be sometime this summer. Meanwhile, there is still approximately 2,400 square feet of commercial space available in a nearby building.

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Fran Maye

Fran Maye is an award-winning journalist and a graduate of Shippensburg University. He and his wife Marianne live in East Marlborough. He enjoys golf and is a 4.0 tennis player. Reach the author at kennettpaper@gmail.com or follow Fran on Twitter: @kennettpaper.