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April 14, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai and Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A large fire in Darby, Pa. led to the precautionary evacuation of nearby residents, as the fire caused the collapsing of the walls of a grocery store and heavy smoke filled the area. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. Saturday at the Liberia Waterside Market on the 800 block of Main Street. Nearby apartments were evacuated. Some were taking shelter at a comfort center set up by the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania at the Darby Recreation Center nearby, spokesman Dave Schrader said.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Teresa F. Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Location, location, location - it's important in the grocery business, too, with colorful produce drawing customers in and dairy items pulling them to the back of the store. But the trip through the supermarket can be long and winding, and customers skip aisles because they think they don't need toothpaste or cereal. New research, using the latest technology, finds that the proper use of mobile coupons could significantly pump up unplanned grocery spending, getting shoppers to buy beyond their lists.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill has lifted a ban that prevented grocery and big-box stores from selling liquor, expanding the field of potential bidders when it auctions a new liquor license next month. The change, approved Monday night by the township council, has drawn protests from liquor-store owners, who say they will be driven out of business by chain supermarkets. "This is basically our whole livelihood," said Rich Brooks, who owns Benash Liquors on Route 38. "This is just an SKU [stock-keeping unit]
NEWS
January 12, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Embattled Acme Markets' corporate parent, Supervalu Inc., announced Thursday the sale of five grocery chains, including Malvern-based Acme, to a group of private-equity firms and real estate investors. Supervalu announced a "definitive agreement" to sell its Acme, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, and Star Market stores and related in-store pharmacies for $100 million and the assumption of $3.2 billion in debt. The buyer is AB Acquisition L.L.C., an affiliate of an investor consortium, former Chrysler owner Cerberus Capital Management L.P. Investors include Philadelphia based Lubert-Adler Partners, as well as Kimco Realty Corp., Klaff Realty L.P., and Schottenstein Real Estate Group.
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | By John Hanna, Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. - A man with a history of theft and weapons convictions gunned down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday. Killed Sunday night were Topeka Police Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29. Kansas Bureau of Investigation official Kyle Smith identified the man who opened fire as David Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka. Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones said Tiscareno was seated behind the driver's seat of a car stopped in the parking lot of a grocery store when police ordered the occupants to get out. After shooting two of the three responding officers, Tiscareno got back into the car and drove from the scene.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Fresh Grocer chain of Drexel Hill signed a letter of intent Monday to open a store in a planned Camden transit village, pending a state decision on Thursday whether to approve $50 million in tax credits for the entire village project. The Fresh Grocer would be part of the long-delayed Haddon Avenue Transit Village project, which has been in the works since 2008 but has yet to put a shovel in the ground. One of the main issues was finding a supermarket to anchor the planned mixed-use development in a city that has only one supermarket for its 77,000 residents.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2012
Acme supermarkets in Morrisville, Sharon Hill, and Glassboro, N.J., are to be shut down by December as part of a broader cost-cutting move in which corporate parent Supervalu Inc. will close 60 stores across the nation, the Minnesota-based company said Wednesday. A fourth Acme in Stevensville, Md., is also among those being shuttered as an "underperforming or nonstrategic" store, as are 22 Save-A-Lot locations. The announcement comes as Supervalu tests the market for potential buyers of some or all of the retail- and wholesale-grocery corporation, which consists of Malvern-based Acme Markets, Chicago's Jewel-Osco supermarket chain, a food distribution segment, and other retail grocery chains.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was almost by accident, the way City Council President Darrell L. Clarke shared the news with his mentor, former Mayor John F. Street. But in a big city where battles over business can be complex and too numerous to count, even a rare victory like this one in Brewerytown can become an afterthought. The duo were on the phone Thursday morning when Street's onetime right-hand man said he had to dash for 31st Street and Girard Avenue. There, a construction crane would soon load a steel roof onto a new cinder-block building in a neighborhood that had once been the city's beer-brewing capital.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
One could easily say Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood was tailor-made for the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a nationally acclaimed state program that funnels tax dollars to help develop grocery stores in underserved communities. Decades after Prohibition idled the brewing hub, the enclave near the Philadelphia Zoo lost its last supermarket in the 1990s. Year after year, residents of battered rowhouses sought a full-fledged replacement, only to be turned down again and again by companies that said the urban math didn't add up to a good investment for them.
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