March 17, 1997 |
They're called the Hardy Souls. Every weekday morning, 100 to 150 people, most of them elderly, visit the Springfield Mall to walk. The mall opens early for them, at 8:30, and most finish their rounds - five laps is about a mile - before the stores open at 10. "People walk here for the companionship and to stay healthy," said Jule Niemeyer, 77, the group's unofficial greeter, who has had three heart bypass surgeries and has been walking the...
October 3, 1996 |
In her garden, Eileen Measley grows flowers. Among the flowers, customers of the nearby McDonald's throw trash. The other day, Bob Caplan found a burger in his ivy. And Doris Wat says she often comes across "soiled condoms" near the steps of her brick townhouse. All three are residents of Randolph Court, a community of 38 townhouses on Randolph Street between Fifth and Sixth, just off South Street. And all three bemoan the changes they see on that eclectic, and often mobbed, thoroughfare.
May 29, 1996 |
Will knowing that kids hate the taste of something make you - big, grown-up, sophisticated you - yearn to eat it? That's the theory behind McDonald's $75 million advertising campaign for a new burger called Arch Deluxe. Maybe you've seen the ads. There's one on billboards and the sides of some SEPTA buses that says: "Spinach. Cauliflower. Arch Deluxe. " It shows a kid so turned off by the very mention of these foods, her eyes roll back in her head. There are several variations on this theme.
May 26, 1996 |
On Blackwood-Clementon Road in South Jersey, the newest reinforcement in Checkers' David-and-Goliath battle against the McDonald's and Burger Kings of the hamburger world is about to take the field. In this case, the combat will be in close quarters. The Checkers opening this week is alongside the McDonald's and one door away from the Burger King. The creation of a hamburger enclave along the small stretch of roadway in Blackwood in Camden County is visual evidence of the intense fight for a share in the $37.6 billion-a-year hamburger-chain segment of the fast-food market.
March 8, 1996 |
New technology and the perennial popularity of the humble hamburger have set the stage for an Upper Merion firm's expansion into Chester County with a $17.5 million plant. American Foodservice Corp. plans to build an 80,000-square-foot facility on 7 1/2 acres in the Highlands Corporate Center in Valley Township. The center is in the Greater Coatesville Area Enterprise Zone. The plant will create at least 136 jobs, according to Gary W. Smith, executive director of the Chester County Development Council.
February 23, 1996 |
An ambitious plan to open 125 Burger King restaurants in five cities with empowerment zones - including 25 restaurants in Philadelphia and Camden - was announced at yesterday's Empowerment Zone conference in Washington. The owner and operator of the shops would be Le-Van Hawkins, a former franchisee and director of the Checkers hamburger chain, who severed his ties with Checkers last month. The first 15 Burger Kings here will open within the next 18 months, and the rest in the following two years, Hawkins said in a telephone interview.
September 1, 1995 |
Restoration of the old Moon barn is slowly moving along. Township supervisors have hired an architecture firm to study the feasibility of restoring the 150-year-old barn. At Tuesday's supervisors meeting, Richard E. Brown & Associates, from Doylestown, was selected to do a field survey of the barn and to determine how much work needs to be done. Costs for hiring Brown are $7,000. "Brown was chosen because he came highly recommended by the (Bucks County) Heritage Conservancy," said Barbara Russell, chairwoman of the Middletown Preservation Commission.
May 3, 1995 |
Joseph J. Pizzaro, 73, an outstanding three-sport Collingswood High School athlete who quarterbacked the school's 1940 South Jersey Group IV championship team, died Friday at the Mount Laurel Convalescent Center. A Gibbsboro resident for 40 years, Mr. Pizzaro served on the Gibbsboro Board of Education for nine years in the 1960s, including one year as board president. A 1942 graduate of Collingswood High School, Mr. Pizzaro played quarterback and defensive back on the school's football teams in 1939, 1940 and 1941.
April 24, 1995 |
The beef comes and goes, at the rate of 1.5 million pounds a week at the Devault Foods processing plant here in Charlestown Township. Bins and boxes of boned beef from the Midwest are chopped and formed, weighed and tested, sliced and shaped into hamburgers, Philly steaks, meatballs and sausages, and shipped across the country. About 52 million hamburgers a year are sold to Wendy's and Burger King by the family-owned Chester County company, started by Thomas DiFillippo as a butcher shop in 1949.
February 19, 1995 |
The Colby brothers' new Burger King has not even been open one week, and it has already sold more Whoppers than there are people in this historic borough. That's not hard, considering that only 1,369 people live here, and that Michael Colby - a 31-year-old Pemberton Township native - knows many of them by name. Craig Colby, Michael's partner and twin, knows those names his brother doesn't. The early success is also not surprising considering that the restaurant sits at Hanover Street and Route 38, a bustling crossroads where hungry motorists headed for Burlington County College, the nearby military bases, or the Jersey Shore might be likely to stop for a quick bite.