January 26, 2016 |
First, it's too warm to buy a new winter coat. Then, just when you need one, a powerful storm forces the stores to close. While many began the exhaustive task of digging themselves and their vehicles out, others stayed indoors, hoping the sun would do much of the work. As a result, the region's malls, restaurants, and bars reopened for business, but their customers didn't return in droves. Wendy Silverwood, 55, of East Goshen, Chester County, was among those who stayed home Sunday.
January 20, 2016 |
As of Monday morning, Michael Lefkoe already had logged more than 50 miles. "This year, my goal will be 1,200," says the retired Cherry Hill accountant, whose pedometer topped 1,100 in 2015. Lefkoe, 70, is a mall walker. Six days a week, he laces up his New Balance shoes - the black pair one day, the white pair the next - and heads for either Cherry Hill Mall or Moorestown Mall. He refers to the route he walks as a "course. " A grandfather of two, Lefkoe is part of a serendipitous, unorganized, and congenial community of men and women, most of them middle-age or older, who exercise and socialize for free in the early morning, pre-opening quiet of indoor shopping centers such as Cherry Hill and Moorestown.
December 9, 2015 |
Legoland Discovery Center, a chain of children's attractions, plans to open a location at Plymouth Meeting Mall as the mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), seeks to drum up business at the property. Construction will begin in the summer on the 33,000-square-foot attraction, which will include Lego-block play areas, a cinema, and a "Miniland" with Lego-block replicas of Philadelphia-area buildings, PREIT said Monday. The attraction, scheduled to debut in 2017, will replace part of Plymouth Meeting's food court, PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino said Monday.
December 4, 2015 |
Retailers across the region claimed a successful Black Friday weekend, with the heaviest traffic in years at area shopping malls. Although more people than ever are doing their holiday shopping online, two of the area's biggest malls reported substantially more shoppers in their stores than on the typical weekend. More than 95,000 people went through Cherry Hill Mall on Black Friday alone, said Lisa Wolstromer, the mall's team marketing director. That compares with the usual Friday mall crowd of about 25,000 shoppers, she said.
November 29, 2015 |
Black Friday was, by most accounts, mall madness. The annual shopping tour de force began at 6 p.m. Thursday at the region's shopping meccas and big-box retailers. With unusually warm weather and retailers' deep discounts, the public's appetite to buy, peruse, or eat remained strong all day Friday, according to retailers and shoppers lugging bags full of purchases. Long lines for parking spaces, restrooms, and checkout lanes didn't deter the crowds from steadily pouring into King of Prussia, Cherry Hill, Willow Grove Park, and Oxford Valley Malls.
November 29, 2015 |
Forget visions of sugarplums. At Cherry Hill Mall this Black Friday, Matthew Becker, 13, of Philadelphia, was thinking more along the lines of lightsabers as he checked out the hot Star Wars offerings at the Lego store. "I like the sci-fi to it," Becker said. "I like the starships. " This holiday gifting season, he may have plenty of company. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to hit theaters Dec. 18, fans of the blockbuster movie series have lots to choose from.
November 18, 2015 |
Santa no longer needs payment up front to hear children's Christmas wishes at Cherry Hill Mall. The mall announced Monday that it would allow free access to its Adventure to Santa attraction, which garnered harsh criticism from parents who learned they had to pay at least $35 to see Santa Claus. "In the spirit of the holiday season, we want to keep things festive and bright," a statement Monday by mall management said. "We have heard and value our loyal customers' feedback and as a result, have decided to remove the photo package purchase requirements.
November 17, 2015 |
You better not cry. You better not pout. And, if you want to see Santa at the Cherry Hill Mall, you better have at least $35. I'm telling you why: To enter the mall's Adventure to Santa holiday display, visitors must choose packages which range in price from $35 to $50 (marked down from $75), according to the mall's website, and include photos or, for the pricier option, video of the visit with Santa. But there's no sitting on Santa's lap without first paying the entrance fee. That's left some parents and children surprised and disappointed.
November 9, 2015
Where have all the teen mall rats gone? Many of them were inside the Apple store at Cherry Hill Mall on a recent Friday. Including Isaiah Etienne, 19, of Sicklerville. He used to hit the shoe and clothing stores at the mall weekly. But that changed after he turned 18. "I've definitely slowed down on the clothes and sneaker shopping," Etienne said. Instead, a chunk of his cash now goes toward electronics. He was at the Apple store to replace his new iPhone6S, which he recently cracked by dropping it. The scene that day helps explain why once dominant teen retailers - such as Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, and Abercrombie & Fitch - are closing stores.
November 6, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Nov. 3, 2015: Craig LaBan: In what might come as a shocker to many, the Vetri group announced last week it is closing its Osteria location in the Moorestown Mall, citing other expansion projects on its table with Pizzeria Vetri and Amis (a branch of which is coming to a new development in Devon). The closure, no doubt, comes as a bit of a blow to those who'd hoped the future of mall dining was getting more ambitious.