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.
July 29, 2015 |
A robbery suspect driving a van led police on a winding chase through South Jersey and Philadelphia for about two hours Monday night before being taken into custody near Philadelphia International Airport. The chase ended at 9:36 p.m. on the Enterprise Avenue exit of southbound I-95, heading toward Island Avenue, when a pursuing Pennsylvania State Police cruiser clipped the white 2000 Dodge, and the van rolled over before coming to a stop. The driver, identified by police as Robert Ritter of New Jersey, then surrendered.
June 27, 2015
An Associated Press story Thursday incorrectly reported that State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the Charleston church shootings, was the first African American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in South Carolina's Statehouse Rotunda. In 1986, the body of the astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion, was given the same honor. A photo caption in some editions Wednesday gave the wrong name for a damaged car at Deptford Mall. It was a Nissan Altima.
June 26, 2015 |
THE PEOPLE OF Wenonah, N.J., love their trees, and they carved them into logs and pried them out of windshields yesterday afternoon with a bit of the bark stripped from their hearts. "Can you tell I've been crying?" asked Maria Ceravolo, 36, as she stood in the center of Wenonah Park in the quaint Gloucester County community. Ceravolo, a member of the Shade Tree Commission in town, looked like a nurse combing through a battlefield, wiping off sweat as she raked up the green leaves and branches that littered the grass.
March 11, 2015 |
If shopping malls are really dying - killed by retail apps, next-day delivery, and those giant "fulfillment centers" rising across Pennsylvania - you wouldn't know it. Not the way big investors like Simon Property Group are buying and selling rival shopping malls. On Monday, Simon - the Indianapolis company that owns one of the largest malls in the United States ( King of Prussia ) and the biggest in Philadelphia ( Philadelphia Mills , the former Franklin Mills) - offered $22 billion, or $91 a share, for national mall chain Macerich Co. , of Santa Monica, Calif.
August 1, 2014 |
Ever since discount designer-apparel department store Century 21 signed on in April as an anchor tenant in the Gallery at Market East, retail analysts have speculated what else might move in. Among the names dropped: "fast fashion" brands such as Uniqlo and Forever 21. Maybe a high-end movie theater. Now that Gallery owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) has struck a partnership with retail developer Macerich Co. - a joint venture to redevelop the struggling Center City shopping mall - industry observers have a better clue.
July 31, 2014 |
California-based Macerich Co., which owns 55 U.S. shopping centers including the Deptford Mall, will invest $106.8 million in a joint venture to redevelop the Gallery at Market East and offer "accessible luxury retailing" there, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of the 1.4 million-square-foot Center City shopping complex, said Tuesday. Century 21, a New York fashion chain, is remodeling space in the former Strawbridge & Clothier flagship store at the east end of the Gallery at Eighth and Market Streets, with an October opening planned that PREIT has said will help anchor the mall's renovation.
February 17, 2014 |
It has been a tough week for florists. And restaurants. And jewelers. And airlines. Oh, make that just about any business that depends on customers. After a relentless weeks-long onslaught of rough winter weather, Mother Nature did its best on Thursday to deck what was left of our region's economy. A foot of snow closed malls, shuttered stores, delayed travelers, and kept legions of workers at home with their wallets. "It is like everything else," said economist Joel Naroff of Bucks County.
December 2, 2013 |
Karen Donges lives two miles from the Deptford Mall, but you won't see her among the crowds there or at any other mall this holiday season. "I visit the small businesses," Donges said, "because they need us. " Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day for mom-and-pop shops to shine during a time when sales at chain stores stretch through the Thanksgiving weekend. American Express started the nationwide effort to get more people to support local businesses and boost their local economies three years ago, and it has been growing since.
December 1, 2013 |
Had it not been for the multiple bags in each woman's hands, it would have been easy to believe Judy Dunn as she and her sisters griped, during a pause inside the King of Prussia mall, that Black Friday had lost its appeal as the Day of the Deals. "They're killing Black Friday, the retailers," said Dunn, a 55-year-old elementary school principal from Broomall, wagging a cookie in her hand before taking a bite. "The sales weren't there like they used to be. " "Black Friday is not the same," interjected Marijo Gannon, 43, of Broomall.