August 6, 2012 |
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.
August 5, 2012 |
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.
July 20, 2012 |
A 15-minute robbery spree in South Philadelphia on the night of Jan. 28, 2010, changed the lives of two men forever — and one was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. Tuan Le was high on drugs that night when he and an accomplice entered Mi Tien Dita grocery, on 9th Street near McKean, about 9:45 p.m. with handguns pulled. Le, then 19, ordered Cecilio Hernandez, the store owner's brother, and a customer to lie on the floor. The accomplice, Viboll Mark, ordered the owner to open the cash register.
May 24, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to adopt a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region's waterways, and the ocean. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the Los Angeles City Council voted, 13-1, to phase out plastic bags over the next year at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
March 19, 2012 |
Terrance is a sociable 17-year-old who enjoys doing puzzles, bowling, swimming, and using the computer. He is willing to try new activities and taking part in group games, patiently waiting his turn. Diagnosed with autism, Terrance is involved in a prevocational school program that develops clerical, janitorial, and grocery shopping skills. He has learned to use the copy machine and puts together pamphlets to distribute to his school community. In the grocery program he shops and puts groceries away.
March 15, 2012 |
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.
March 8, 2012 |
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.
March 1, 2012 |
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.
February 29, 2012 |
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.