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March 15, 2012 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elkins Park's tiny downtown has not been the same since Ashbourne Market closed in 2002. Tucked into a commercial strip just a few blocks long, the market was more than a grocery with a big kosher section. For four decades, it was the convivial hub of the community, where neighbors gathered over bagels and lox on Sunday mornings. Having lost their anchor, however, nearby stores began to falter. Others moved in - including a tasty shawarma joint - only to fail, too. The strip was so barren, said Max Minkoff, that "you couldn't buy an apple" there.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM
Order groceries while waiting for a train? That's the focus of a new advertising campaign at 15 SEPTA rail stations. Peapod - the grocery delivery service owned by Ahold USA, parent of Giant Food Stores - last month put up ad posters that resemble grocery shelves stocked with about four dozen popular products, such as diapers, milk, and laundry detergent. Commuters with smartphones can download Peapod's free app on the spot and scan the bar codes. Orders are delivered the next day, in most cases.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation Wednesday for one of the two men charged in last year's triple killing at a West Philadelphia grocery after a defense attorney said his client has a long history of involuntary commitments for treatment of schizophrenia. Defense attorney Lawrence S. Krasner made the comments about Ibrahim Muhammed in requesting a delay in the preliminary hearing for Muhammed and codefendant Nalik Shariff Scott while Muhammed undergoes a psychiatric evaluation to see whether he is mentally competent.
BUSINESS
February 29, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bottom Dollar Food, the grocery chain that moved into the Philadelphia region 18 months ago with a deep-discount format and new stores across Southeastern Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday it would open four more stores in South Jersey. A store on Route 130 North in Cinnaminson was set to open Friday, and additional openings were planned through next year on West Browning Road in Bellmawr, Broad Street in Woodbury, and Route 38 in Mount Holly, the North Carolina-based company said.
NEWS
February 25, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than a decade, Chester City has been without a supermarket, leading to its designation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a "food desert. " That will soon change, and with a unique nonprofit twist. Friday afternoon, Philabundance, best known for collecting and distributing emergency food aid throughout the Philadelphia area, announced that it had purchased a mostly vacant building on Ninth Street in Chester's West End. That building housed the last supermarket in the city to close, in 2001.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have arrested the second of two alleged gunmen in a triple slaying and robbery attempt at a West Philadelphia grocery store in September. Nalik Shariff Scott, 30, of the 1300 block of South 24th Street in South Philadelphia, was picked up Saturday without incident, authorities said. No further details were released. Another suspect, Ibrahim Muhammad, was taken into custody Friday. He allegedly shot the owner of Lorena's Grocery and the owner's wife and her sister during the holdup attempt.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police arrested the alleged gunman Friday in a triple slaying at a West Philadelphia grocery store and issued a murder warrant for a second man wanted in the September killings. Ibrahim Muhammed, described as a 31-year-old career criminal, allegedly shot the owner of Lorena's Grocery, his wife, and her sister during a robbery Sept. 6, police said Friday. Muhammed, of Southwest Philadelphia, who had 18 previous arrests, had been taken into custody Thursday on an unrelated drug charge.
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