July 12, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Changes in how Pennsylvania sells wine will go into effect next month. However, consumers might not see wine in the likes of Wegmans and Acmes until Thanksgiving - if then. The sheer logistics of getting a new system up is going to be a challenge, according to those involved in both the licensing and retail sides. That process has been complicated by how quickly the measure moved through the legislature. Changes to how alcohol is sold have long been controversial in Pennsylvania, where liquor laws date to the end of the Prohibition and the state Liquor Control Board has held an iron monopoly over the sale of wine and spirits.
June 10, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - For the first time since before Prohibition, Pennsylvanians will be able to buy wine at grocery stores. Barely a day after it sped through the House and unexpectedly landed on his desk, Gov. Wolf on Wednesday signed a law to let hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores sell wine. The bill takes effect in 60 days, though it might take months for consumers to see the impact. Besides granting by-the-bottle wine licenses for stores that already sell beer, the measure takes steps to loosen the state's oft-criticized control of the alcohol market.
March 19, 2016
A division of Dutch supermarket giant Royal Ahold NV's U.S. operation is leasing space on the ground floor of the Abbotts Square condominum building at Second and South Streets for a small-format higher-end grocery store aimed at urban shoppers. Fresh Formats LLC spokeswoman Suzi Robinson said Thursday the company has entered into a lease agreement at the property and is working on its plans for the site. There is no timetable for the opening. The division has operated the 3,700-square-foot Everything Fresh grocery store at 1222 Walnut St., which it has cast as a testing ground for its smaller-footprint shops, since December 2014.
January 11, 2016 |
I walked into a bar-restaurant on Broad Street on New Year's Day looking for an old friend and instead I found our new mayor sitting by himself, surrounded by people who didn't recognize him and had never heard his name. Jim Kenney looked perfectly at ease in his anonymity at a place called Bliss. He sat at the elbow on the far end of the bar that faced the floor-to-ceiling windows along Broad Street and framed the passing string bands and fancy brigades like a huge-TV/video-screen tuned to the Mummers Channel.
December 14, 2015
Before, you could count on burning a few calories walking from your car to the grocery store, or roaming the aisles to load up on what you needed. But that notion has gone out the car window, as major supermarket chains and big-box retailers, such as Walmart, are investing heavily in online grocery and curbside pickup. And with good reason. Online-retail analysts estimate that U.S. consumers spent about $24 billion buying groceries online last year, or about 4 percent of their total grocery spending of $591.6 billion on grocery shopping, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
December 1, 2015 |
BOBBY'S GROCERY in Point Breeze was a neighborhood fixture for 30 years. Bobby - Robert Lee Toomer - was one of the most popular figures in the South Philadelphia neighborhood. Customers loved him. He usually had a big hug for men, women and children, and a kiss for the kids and the ladies. The store at 20th and Federal streets featured hand-dipped ice-cream and if you had been a customer for any length of time, Bobby knew what you wanted before you could open your mouth. OK, one butter almond, one coffee, one rum raisin and two vanilla fudge swirls.
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.
June 30, 2015
J ULIA KURNIK, 31, of Bella Vista, is co-founder and CEO of Focus Foods, a for-profit startup dedicated to social enterprise. Focus creates greenhouses that use waste from fish to grow naturally organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, which in turn clean the water and return it to the fish. The greenhouses will be installed on rooftops of supermarkets so produce can be harvested faster than traditional farming and sold in hours. Focus expects to launch its pilot next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
March 10, 2015 |
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.
February 24, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Jameis Winston arrived here this week from San Diego where he had spent the previous month and change preparing for the Scouting Combine. He had a quarterback coach there to help him with his throwing mechanics, a sprint coach to help him with his technique in the 40-yard dash, a nutritionist to help him lower his body fat, a yoga instructor to help him increase his flexibility, and image consultants and media specialists to help teach him how to say, "I'm sorry.