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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.
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.
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