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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.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Quinn loves talking baseball with Amber Badeau, a full-time registered dietitian at the ShopRite in Olney, where he has bought groceries for years. Badeau, 26, is a Phillies fan, all right. She also sees opportunity in these encounters, a chance to chat with Quinn, 78, who still works at Citizens Bank Park, about making smart choices in the supermarket aisles. This may take a while, as evidenced by Quinn's shopping cart this day. It's loaded with ingredients for a special dinner he saw on a cooking show: a layer of ground beef topped with cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, Tater Tots, and shredded cheese.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden grocery store manager was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing more than $1 million from taxpayers in a food-stamp scheme. Alexander D. Vargas, 34, allegedly bought food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar and pocketed the other 50 cents after redeeming the food stamps without selling any food, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. It is unlawful to exchange food-stamp benefits for cash. Vargas managed the former Eddie's Grocery on the 1500 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in the city's Whitman Park section, officials said.
NEWS
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.
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