April 6, 2013 |
Four seats will be contested in this fall's Cherry Hill township council race, with three incumbents vying to keep their spots on the all-Democratic panel. Council President David Fleisher is running for reelection to the seven-member council along with first-term members Jim Bannar and Susan Shin Angulo. Joining the Democratic ticket is Carole Roskoph, an English teacher at Cherry Hill West and chairwoman of the planning board. Republicans are running two former candidates - Nancy O'Dowd and Dan Loveland Sr., both unsuccessful in 2009 - and new contenders John Galie, a former school board president, and Stephen Cohen, a dentist.
March 28, 2013 |
A sealed-bid liquor license auction held Tuesday by the Township of Cherry Hill drew just one bidder: a company run by the family that owns a group of ShopRite supermarkets. Brett, Jason, and Shawn Ravitz are partners in Empire Liquors L.L.C., which township officials said bid $501,000 on the distribution license. The Ravitzes intend to sell alcohol inside the ShopRite store at the Garden State Pavilion, said ShopRite spokeswoman Karen Meleta. "It's really a convenience to our customers," Meleta said.
March 25, 2013 |
Want a beer with that burger? How about a glass of wine with your pasta? Right now in Brookhaven, Delaware County, you can't order either. But change may be on the menu. Borough officials have collected more than enough signatures to put a referendum on the May 21 ballot that would allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages. Brookhaven is one of 22 municipalities in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs that are "dry" when it comes to alcohol sales in restaurants and bars.
February 28, 2013 |
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]
February 22, 2013 |
You need a liquor license for your bar or restaurant? You are not alone, it seems, as Philadelphia is in the throes of a restaurant boom. This helps to explain a sharp rise in the price of restaurant liquor licenses in the city recently, after a steady rise over the last decade. Licenses that last fall sold for $60,000 to $65,000 are now fetching $85,000 and perhaps more, according to lawyers who specialize in the transactions. That is more the double the asking price for a license in 2002, when they sold for $35,000.
February 16, 2013 |
Whole Foods Market, the national organic supermarket chain, is coming to Cherry Hill next year. The company, which will replace the former Genuardi's supermarket at the Ellisburg Circle Shopping Center, plans to open in spring 2014, according to John Hendrickson, Northeast regional chief operating officer for Federal Realty Investment Trust, which manages the center. "I think they view it as a perfect market for them," Hendrickson said of the Texas-based grocer. Whole Foods has a location in Marlton, and "they see this as a complement, really, to that," Hendrickson said.
January 29, 2013 |
Cherry Hill is considering lifting a restriction that prevents grocery stores from selling alcohol as it prepares to auction off a rare liquor license. Township officials say they are weighing whether to amend a rule that requires liquor-distribution licenses to be issued only to stand-alone stores after evaluating the policies of other towns that have no such restriction. "We want Cherry Hill to remain economically competitive," said Erin Gill, township director of policy and planning.
January 19, 2013 |
Plans are under way to turn a former restaurant in Gloucester Township into New Jersey's fifth free-standing offtrack wagering operation. A lease was signed this week for the building at 1300 Blackwood-Clementon Rd. that had housed the Stone Grille, Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming Inc., said Thursday. The site, which would have a restaurant and bar, would be known as Favorites at Gloucester Township. It shares a name with three other OTWs now open in the state.