January 23, 2013
BACK AROUND 1999, my family dined out frequently at Boston Market. I was digging the place - best chicken-tortilla soup, great kids' meals, etc. It didn't occur to me that the main reason we liked it was that my wife is an introvert and there were never any other customers for us to worry about. I thought: How could anything go wrong with a friendly restaurant chain that serves good American food? Wrong! I bought 100 shares at about $13 per share as one of my first-ever stock investments.
December 15, 2012 |
JetBlue Airways, the highly regarded, low-fare carrier, is coming to Philadelphia and trying to do what three other airlines couldn't: compete successfully with US Airways Group Inc. on a Boston-to-Philadelphia route. The introductory fare for the five daily nonstops that begin May 23 is $17.76 - but you have to move quickly. That's the cost if you book at www.jetblue.com by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 14. What makes JetBlue think it can succeed where Southwest, AirTran, and Delta failed?
October 18, 2012
By Frederick Kaufman After global markets fell off a cliff in September 2008, a funny thing happened to McDonald's: Same-store sales rose 8 percent the next month. And remember Morgan Spurlock's damning 2004 documentary, Super Size Me , which painted the fast-food giant as the corroded heart of America's obesity crisis? Since then, the company's stock has nearly quadrupled. Mickey D's is a Wall Street darling, and a savvy customer, too, constantly tweaking providers to lower costs while passing the savings on to budget-conscious consumers.
October 29, 2004 |
The 2004 World Series had an average TV rating 23 percent higher than last year's Marlins-Yankees series and was the highest-rated World Series since 1999, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research released yesterday. Over its four games, the Red Sox-Cardinals series, on Fox, averaged a 15.8 rating and 25 share. That's about equal to the viewership of a hit show such as CSI - but, of course, a baseball series is sustained over much longer time. Each rating point equals just over one million viewers, and share is the percentage of televisions in use that are tuned to the program.
April 19, 2003 |
For three days after the killing of his mother, a Woodbury lawyer, Benjamin Harrison showed up to work, cooking at the Boston Market in Hamilton. Manager Mary Ann Turner said there was no indication anything was awry with the 24-year-old antiques collector, whom she described as a dependable worker and "a nice guy. " But authorities said Harrison later told them he had killed D. Marie Harrison on April 2. Her body was found Wednesday night about two miles from their home in Hamilton.
December 15, 2002 |
Lauren Blake has a lot on her mind this time of year. As director of Paoli Presbyterian Church's Adopt-A-Family program, she is in charge of engineering a merry Christmas for nearly 200 families and organizing a festive dinner party for 850 guests. "My own husband and two kids are eating Boston Market this week, and they'll be eating Stouffer's next week, and they haven't seen me for I don't know how long, but it's all worth it," the Lionville resident said. The Adopt-A-Family program matches needy local families with groups and families that buy them Christmas presents.
June 14, 2001 |
Two teenage employees of a Boston Market in Clifton Heights were shot and killed late Tuesday night when a gunman sprayed a van with bullets in Southwest Philadelphia. The two, Robert T. McKinnon Jr. and Dominic Riddick, both 17, were in the back of a 1979 gray Dodge Caravan when someone opened fire about 11:45 p.m., after the driver of the van stopped to talk to a person on South 70th Street near Woodland Avenue, police said. The assailant fled. Police said that they had not identified a suspect and that the motive for the shooting was not clear.
December 3, 1999 |
The folks at McDonald's are betting they can revive the once-glamorous Boston Market chain, one of the best-known brand names in the country. On Wednesday, McDonald's announced its latest planned acquisition - the 751 Boston Markets, including its 55 restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Yesterday, McDonald's assured customers it wasn't changing the menu at Boston Market. And "everybody has a job," said McDonald's spokeswoman, Lisa Howard. She said any talk about store closings is premature.
June 4, 1999 |
From the "I don't quite get it" files is future girl of the moment Beth Orton (8 tonight at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 215-922-1011). Orton first surfaced as the It Girl of the Chill-Out Room by warbling on a couple of Chemical Brothers records, and then in 1997, she was OK to bring home to the parents (and their rock critics) with the pleasantly overhyped "Trailer Park. " Now on Sarah McLachlan's label, "Central Reservation" is loved by Liliths and hipsters alike.
September 30, 1998 |
The name is not glamorous. In fact, "home replacement meals" sounds vaguely technical, as if it were one of those doodads you buy at Home Depot, in the ratchet and wrench aisle. Appetizing? Hardly. Yet HRM (as supermarket execs and culinary pros refer to it) is a trend so huge in the retail food world that many predict that kitchen life as we know it is ending. Nightly home cooking, many food gurus say, will go the way of vegetable gardens and home sewing - relegated to avocation and weekend hobby, retired as daily grind.