August 18, 2015 |
The corridor near the vacant fish market still smells like fish, and the area by the vanished food court still smells like grease. Soon even the odors of the Gallery will be gone, as the developer prepares to undertake a massive internal demolition and knock the inside of the mall to pieces. The work probably will start in late September. The mountains of broken material won't all be headed to landfills. More likely, experts said, tons of metal and concrete will be sold and recycled.
August 2, 2015 |
Two South Jersey men have been sentenced to state prison for their roles in an international drug ring that shipped cocaine from California to New Jersey, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Friday in Camden. The two were charged in January 2014 in connection with "Operation Next Day Air," which investigated the ring allegedly led by a Jamaican recording star, Andrew K. Davis, formerly of Swedesboro. More than $1.4 million in drugs, cash, and weapons were confiscated. Authorities alleged that the ring, which extended to Jamaica, used the U.S. mail and other parcel delivery services to send shipments of cocaine.
July 31, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of Exton Square Mall in Chester County, plans to demolish the site's Kmart building and replace it with a large-format organic grocery store. PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino told analysts in a conference call Wednesday that the grocer would be named in the coming days. A lease for 55,000 square feet has been executed, he said. Philadelphia-based PREIT also has identified a dine-in movie theater and a bowling-and-entertainment center as prospective tenants for the former site of a 118,000-square-foot J.C. Penney Co. store at Exton Square, Coradino said.
July 20, 2015 |
Carol M. Highsmith looks at the Cherry Hill Mall and sees America. "I'm making a historical record of our times - a visual study," says the celebrated photographer, who has collaborated with the Library of Congress for 35 years. Highsmith's visits to Cherry Hill in April and June yielded about 30 pictures of South Jersey's signature suburb. "I roamed around to see what I could see, and I was impressed," she says. "I've been all over the country, and I've seen towns of Cherry Hill's size fail.
June 23, 2015 |
For the Chicago Blackhawks, it's the Stanley Cup. For the New England Patriots, it was the Super Bowl ring. For Cherry Hill Mall shopper Jennifer Sommers, the moment of glory was the fabulous Michael Kors purse she scored on Memorial Day. Already 35 percent off, the price was slashed another 25 percent in the holiday sale. "It was at least a $300 purse," crowed a triumphant Sommers, 36, a social worker from Northeast Philadelphia. She was back at the mall recently with bags of booty from the semiannual sales at Bath and Body Works - $12.50 body wash for $3.50!
May 25, 2015 |
After perusing a few boutique stores and getting her hair done at Rizzieri Salon & Spa at Moorestown Mall, Jamie McCulloh-Martin decided to go for dinner at Osteria a few doors down. "I've been here more in the last 1½ years since [Osteria] opened than in all of my 22 years living in Moorestown," said McCulloh-Martin, 50, owner of a physical therapy chain, who ate outdoors with her administrative director, Kelly Casio. "The mall is really changing, and for the better. " In the new mall world order, you can taste Jose Garces' tacos at Moorestown Mall, Bobby Flay's burgers at Cherry Hill Mall, and filet mignon at Morton's - the Steakhouse at King of Prussia Mall.
May 11, 2015 |
My wife and I had many adventures while in New Zealand on our recent honeymoon. We rode rafts down rivers and flew in a helicopter that landed on a glacier. We took buses, bikes, and ferries; we even took a train across the country. But my biggest thrill of the entire trip - besides being with my bride, of course - was stationary, free, and did not involve a human. It involved a sheep. His name was Tom. Tom was one of three sheep kept on the grounds of a bed and breakfast where we stayed on the North Island.
April 20, 2015 |
Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall. The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall. But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope. Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.
April 6, 2015 |
Space is becoming a premium in Cherry Hill as applications for new development keep pouring in. "The entire township is hot," said Paul Stridick, township director of community development. "We are trying to accommodate them all. " Kennedy Health plans to break ground on a $50 million medical office building this month, and several pockets are under township review as potential "areas in need of redevelopment," which could lead to more businesses moving in. Stridick said he was running out of room along Haddonfield Road, one of the most sought-after addresses.
April 3, 2015 |
THE EAGLES may not be done moving players this spring. And while that might excite you, it has absolutely petrified those in charge of area stores that carry team jerseys. Petrified is the operative word here. Little inventory coming in, very little going out. "I don't know what Chip Kelly is doing," Frank Sanders, the store manager of Lids Locker Room in the Cherry Hill Mall, was saying yesterday. "So, yeah, I'm a little nervous getting anything in here just yet. " Nearby, Sports Authority is in a state of suspended animation as well, said employee Tina Lopez, saddled with an inventory of shirts of players no longer with the team.