It's sad to say that the only retail chain devoted exclusively to sales of petite clothing has closed all its stores. In March 2009, Charming Shoppes, which owned Petite Sophisticate, shut down the Petite Sophisticate Web site, but Petite Sophisticate outlet stores remained open. However, according to the company, later in the year the decision was made to close the Petite Sophisticate Outlet stores with the goal of converting the majority of the space to Catherines outlet locations by February 2010. Charming Shoppes also owns and operates Catherines, Lane Bryant, and Fashion Bug, all of which continue to operate.
It's a shame to see this petite fashion resource go away. It's been revived in the past, but with the current economy, I don't expect that to happen anytime soon, if at all. Charming Shoppes owns the Petite Sophisticate trademark and could sell the brand to another company.