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June 29, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Wiretaps on a North Philadelphia grocer's phone led yesterday to the convictions of two brothers from New York on heroin-trafficking charges. Following an eight-day trial and about four hours of deliberations, a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Antonio Collado, 34, of Queens, and his brother, Policai Collado, 30, of Brooklyn, of conspiracy and other related charges. Three other defendants were found guilty of all charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank R. Costello Jr., the case prosecutor, said evidence from the wiretaps showed that two defendants, Miriam Sanchez, 26, of 2nd Street near Cumberland, Philadelphia, and Victoria Frias, 27, of the Bronx, worked as couriers for the heroin ring, carrying money to New York and heroin back to Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 17, 1993 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The mother of a grocer was shot and critically wounded yesterday, apparently by a man who had purchased a hoagie a few minutes earlier at the store in the Parkside section. The woman, whom Camden police identified as Kunson Silverstein, 62, of Browns Mills, was shot once in the chest with a handgun. She was listed in critical condition last night in the intensive care unit at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Investigators said David Silverstein, who operates the Corner Store, a small grocery in the 1500 block of Kenwood Avenue, had left his mother to tend the store briefly while he went to the post office.
NEWS
June 25, 1992 | By Karen Rouse, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joann Sheets was in the deli, halfway into her cheesesteak sandwich, when the bell on the door of the adjacent grocery store jingled, indicating that a customer had entered. She noticed the manager was absent and the grocery store cashier was busy serving customers in the deli. Sheets, a regular, put down her cheesesteak, headed up the two steps connecting the deli to the grocery, positioned herself behind the cash register, rang up the customer's items, bade her farewell and returned to finish her sandwich.
NEWS
March 22, 1996 | By Analisa Nazareno, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Returning to rob the same small grocery store he robbed a month earlier might not have been a smart thing to do. But that didn't stop Matthew E. Rosiana, according to Sgt. Brian Prior of Delanco police. Police said that Rosiana, 20, of the 300 block of Middleton Street in Riverside, and Steven A. Skillings, 20, of the 200 block of Whittaker Street in Riverside, threatened two cashiers in the Liberty Mart, at 700 Burlington Avenue at about 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Skillings pulled out a knife when the cashiers did not cooperate, and a struggle ensued, Prior said.
NEWS
October 1, 1992 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
He certainly wasn't rude. In fact, he was downright pleasant, even if he did have a gun. "How are you doing?" the man in the black silk jacket asked the customer at the Pathmark courtesy counter in Bensalem last Thursday afternoon. What the customer didn't realize was that the man was in the process of robbing the clerk behind the counter. "The witness standing next to him didn't know what was going on (until) she saw him take the money and run," said Township Police Capt.
NEWS
December 25, 1996 | By Mara Stanley, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Township police have found no evidence of food tampering in the Shop 'N' Bag in the Dutton Mill Shopping Center on Pennell Road. About 9:45 p.m. Saturday, police said, they received a call from the grocery reporting that several leaflets were found on the shelves. The leaflets said food had been tampered with by "angry animal rights activists," who wished to close the Aston Pet Center, also in the shopping center. The Aston Pet Center has been the target of protests since last December, resulting from allegations that the store kept animals in unfit conditions.
NEWS
February 16, 1990 | BY JOSEPH INABINET
You're in the grocery store doing your shopping. Because the store doesn't put prices on the items, you feel like you're shopping blind. To find out how much something costs, you have to search for the shelf tag. If you can't find it or it didn't have one, there's no way to know how much it will cost - or to compare it to other items to see which is the best buy. All you can do is guess and hope it won't cost too much. Later you start to worry whether you have enough money.
NEWS
December 22, 1991 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Joyce Steele dreams of financial success and independence for her son Torre, which she hopes he'll find among carefully arranged displays of canned goods, breakfast cereals, baked beans, toilet paper, ketchup and other grocery items for sale at Lenape High School. Until this year Room D107 at the high school in Medford was a classroom that looked like dozens of others at the school. The chalkboard is still there, but now D107 has a new name and a new look that includes a cash register, aisle shelves, a conveyor belt and a refrigerator.
NEWS
September 5, 1998 | by Maureen Tkacik, Daily News Staff Writer
So what were officials at Super Fresh thinking when they tried to close the 30-year-old store in North Philadelphia's Progress Plaza with only four days' notice two weeks ago? "I don't know how that decision was made," company spokesman Andy Currano said yesterday. Fortunately for the supermarket's 58 employees - only half of whom were guaranteed transfers to other Super Fresh stores following the supermarket's' close - a city ordinance prevents businesses employing more than 20 people from shutting down without giving 60 days' notice to employees.
NEWS
November 6, 1997 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George Butts Jr., 64, whose neighborhood grocery store at 23d and Cambria Streets in Swampoodle was the end of the rainbow for the throngs of candy-loving kids from Peirce Elementary School just across the street, died Friday, a week after being shot in the stomach by a robber. Mr. Butts died at Allegheny University Hospitals/MCP. The grocer, who lived in an apartment above the store, died just two months before he was going to retire and finally take that vacation he had been waiting for during the 27 years he dispensed candy, bread, milk and advice at George's Variety Store, so often crammed with youngsters.
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NEWS
March 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents of West Chester say they want to buy local groceries - and they want to buy them locally. That is the conclusion of a study released last week by the West Chester Food Cooperative. It's been years since the borough had a full-service grocery store - the nearest one is outside the borough border - and people have long talked about bringing one into town. "There's a need for a grocery store and a desire for people to support fresh local produce and products," said West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Carlos Meekins, 75, sat down to rest in the lobby of South Camden's Neighborhood Center, a heavy bag of groceries at his feet. "My wife's dead and gone," the Riverview Towers tenant said. "I'm going to try and cook the turkey myself. " A retired roofer's helper ("I was a kettle man for 25 years"), Meekins is among nearly 3,000 Camden residents for whom Thanksgiving might not happen this year without the center. The faith-based nonprofit helped about 200 senior citizens and 500 five-member families fill bags with donated groceries and fresh food Tuesday.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former supermarket employee was arrested in Radnor on Friday for allegedly "upskirting" - using a cellphone to surreptitiously video unsuspecting women - in another grocery store. Brian Bailey, 52, of the 300 block of West Johnson Street, was arrested and is being held in Montgomery County on a probation violation for a similar crime, said Lt. Andy Block of the Radnor police. Bailey is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to Block.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Food Market on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood was once a store that residents would go to for more than lottery tickets and cigarettes, but that time passed long ago. On Monday, the Borough Commission publicly read a plan to purchase the property. The purchase will be voted on Sept. 2; if approved, the property would be sold to the owners of McFarlan's Market in Merchantville. They would fix things up and start serving a downtown area that has virtually no grocery options.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Low-income America is rife with food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce and good food so rare that people have little choice but to shop in corner stores, whose processed and highly caloric foods contribute to obesity. Build a decent supermarket with good, fresh produce, social scientists have said, and residents will flock to the oasis, their neighborhood a desert no more and their health much improved. That kind of thinking inspired the creation of a Fresh Grocer store in North Philadelphia, opened to great fanfare - including an appearance by Michelle Obama - on North Broad Street near Temple University in 2009.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN Lisa White and John LaSala have spent their adult lives in the corporate world. They had no idea how to open a grocery store. But after years of planning - and with lots of help - White, board president of the Doylestown Food Co-op and a management consultant, and LaSala, a fellow board member and a former Johnson & Johnson executive, are days away from celebrating the grand opening of the co-op's 1,400-square-foot store on West...
FOOD
January 10, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1993, when Max Hansen opened a gourmet market in Buckingham, some customers just didn't get it. They weren't familiar with the concept, and they balked at the prices. But in the 20 years since, appetites have changed. In May, Hansen took over the old Carversville General Store, a long-standing but unambitious mainstay with a post office, and transformed it into the Max Hansen Carversville Grocery. He added a cafe, organic foods, local groceries, prepared foods, and occasional chef's dinners.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The manager of a Camden store pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of fraudulently redeeming nearly $3 million in food stamp benefits. Alexander Vargas, 34, who managed Eddie's Grocery, accepted a plea agreement Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release. Vargas faces up to 10 years in prison, but is likely to serve less, according to a spokesman for the office. Vargas was a cosigner on the store's account beginning February 2012.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stunner of a shopping center that opened with a ShopRite a few months ago in a vast industrial pocket of North Philadelphia came about, you could say, through the cravings of a developer's mind and stomach. One dreary day a couple of years ago, Michael Grasso was driving around Fox Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the winter rain to consider snapping up an old Tasty Baking Co. warehouse about to hit the market as the treats maker headed to new digs at the Navy Yard. Grasso, president of Metro Development Co. of Ardmore, and vice president Greg Bianchi passed forlorn hulks from the city's manufacturing glory days - some in use, some vacant - along with modest homes tucked out of sight of the maze of industrial concrete and brick.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a decade with no supermarket, making it one of the nation's most parched food deserts, Chester will soon have two. Groundbreaking for a Bottom Dollar is scheduled for Friday, while construction on Philabundance's Fare & Square, halted for most of July because of changes in the configuration, is ready to resume Monday. "We're back flowing, full speed ahead; all is going well," said Paul Messina, managing director of Fare & Square, at Ninth and Trainer Streets, the site of Chester's last supermarket, a Shop n Bag that closed in 1998.
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