January 14, 1993 |
The Clover that was expected to bloom in the spring will be about three months late. Clover, Strawbridge & Clothier's mass-merchandise-division store, will most likely open at the Gallery at Market East in August, not this spring, as was announced last year. "It was our hope to open sometime in May, and that was really, in retrospect, very optimistic," said Ronald Avellino, the chain's corporate vice president for planning. "It's just taking longer for all the pieces to fall into place.
April 9, 1996 |
Is there life after Clover for the many strip malls and shopping plazas where the popular discount chain now serves as major anchor? Only if a similar merchandiser moves in when Clover moves out, predict many retailers, such as a worried Marilyn Pelagatti, manager of the Cramers Kids children's clothing store in Penrose Plaza, Southwest Philadelphia. It's not that little stores don't have loyal customers who come specifically to shop in them. But, typically, smaller stores depend on their bigger, better-known neighbor to draw a crowd.
September 15, 1992 |
Strawbridge & Clothier yesterday said it would open a Clover discount department store in the vacant heart of The Gallery shopping center, in the building once occupied by Gimbel Bros. and, later, Stern's. Clover, Strawbridge & Clothier's discount division, will open in The Gallery next year under an agreement to lease the street and concourse levels of the six-story building in the Market Street shopping complex at 10th Street. The store, which was built in 1977 to house Gimbels, has been vacant since April when Stern's closed as part of a bankruptcy reorganization.
February 14, 1988 |
The first official groundbreaking at Whiteland Towne Center, the 42-acre shopping center near the intersection of Routes 30 and 100 in Exton, will be this week. Strawbridge & Clothier plans to break ground for a Clover store Thursday and begin construction immediately. Clover will be one of five "anchor" stores in the U-shaped shopping center, according to project manager Thomas Alderton of New Market Development Corp. of Atlanta. The other four, Marshall's, Hechinger's, TJ Maxx and Drug Emporium, will be joined by China Royal restaurant, now in the Exton Square Mall, and 45 other businesses.
June 25, 1996 |
Clover store employees must sign a release promising never to sue Strawbridge & Clothier or any of its execs if they want to receive severance pay when the stores close for good. That's according to a letter to the employees from S&C management. According to attorney Harold Goodman of Raynes MccCarty Binder Ross & Mundy, such releases are common. "It's a deal," he explained. "The employer says: We will give you something we are not legally required to give you. And in return, we want the comfort of knowing we won't face a lawsuit in the future.
January 17, 1998 |
A lucky four-leaf clover owned by one of four University of Pennsylvania students who were robbed was not so lucky for two bandits in 1996. It linked them to the crime. The clover was among personal items and cash taken at gunpoint while the students were walking on Spruce near 39th on Oct. 11. More than an hour after the crime, Police Sgt. Michael J. Chitwood Jr. noticed the laminated clover in a pile of items on his way out of a police station. He had just taken a statement from the student owner.
August 29, 1986 |
Clover, the discount division of Strawbridge & Clothier, has chosen Spiro & Associates to replace Earle Palmer Brown/Philadelphia as its advertising agency. EPB had been Clover's agency since the chain started, when EPB was still Kalish & Rice. The other contender was Saffer, Cravit & Freedman, a retail specialty shop based in Ontario. Spiro created Strawbridge & Clothier's anti- takeover communications this spring. Clover will be spending $1 million to $2 million at Spiro for TV and radio ads as well as store promotions and graphic design work, the agency said.
June 16, 1997 |
The field of clover was no bed of roses. But it let Wally Steen walk away from his upended plane yesterday, after it lost power 2,500 feet above Newtown Township, Bucks County, and was forced into an emergency landing. Steen, of Mount Laurel, N.J., traveling alone, had topped off the twin 12.5-gallon fuel tanks of his two-seat 1948 Luscombe 8-F and left the airport in Medford, N.J., around 10 a.m., headed to Morgantown, Pa. When the left fuel tank was nearing empty at about 11 a.m., the plane lost power.
July 19, 1990 |
Clover, the discount-store division of Strawbridge & Clothier, said yesterday that it would no longer stock or sell cigarettes or other tobacco products after current supplies run out. The decision followed naturally from the stores' earlier decision to ban smoking by employees and customers in Clover stores and offices effective Aug. 5, a company official said. "We made the decision to have a smoke-free environment with our employees, and one thing led to another," said Robert Hofner, vice president for stores.
February 3, 1994 |
More than 16 months after Strawbridge & Clothier announced it would open a Clover store in Center City's Gallery at Market East, its proposed store remains vacant, a five-story empty box in one of the city's busiest retail centers. The fate of the property's owner, which has changed once in the past year and may soon change again, appears to have left Strawbridge's in the lurch. "We're still, unfortunately, in the talking stages," Ronald Avellino, the retailer's vice president for planning, said recently.