June 15, 2012 |
A proposed "flagship Walgreens" store modeled on similar stores on New York's Wall Street and Chicago's Michigan Avenue has won city zoning approval for the three-story, 26,000-square-foot former Borders bookstore at Broad and Chestnut Streets in Center City, said Larry Steinberg, the real estate broker who runs Fameco's Center City office. As with Marshall's recent decision to lease a vacant Staples at 1046 Market, the move by Walgreen Co. marks another mass-market chain's expansion in Center City, an aging office center that's increasingly popular as a residential neighborhood.
June 13, 2012 |
It is no mere stroke of good fortune that three former Genuardi's supermarkets in the Philadelphia suburbs will reopen this weekend as Weis Markets. The stores — on Ridge Pike in Conshohocken, West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, and Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown — are part of a calculated strategy to expand a little-known name deeper into the Philadelphia region, where, despite the presence of many grocery options, new players can't seem to stay away. The Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis chain has been remaking itself for several years, rebranding all its holdings in its core central and north-central Pennsylvania markets: Mr. Z's stores in the Poconos and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area have become Weis Markets, as have King's stores in the Lehigh Valley and Scot's Lo Cost stores.
June 6, 2012 |
Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd.'s plans to build a facility in Northeast Philadelphia now appear uncertain, as the drugmaker goes through tumultuous change at the top of its global organization. In September, the world's leading producer of generic medicine organized a groundbreaking ceremony to herald planned construction of a $300 million, 1.1 million-square-foot distribution/warehouse/computer data complex on the site of the former Budd Co. plant along Red Lion Road in the city's Bustleton section.
May 26, 2012 |
VIENNA - Inspectors have located radioactive traces at an Iranian underground bunker, the U.N. atomic agency said Friday - a finding that could mean Iran has moved closer to reaching the uranium threshold needed to arm nuclear missiles. In a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA said it was asking Tehran for a full explanation. But the report was careful to avoid any suggestion that Iran was intentionally increasing the level of its uranium enrichment, noting that Tehran said a technical glitch was responsible.
May 24, 2012 |
A video has gone viral of a man who put a young boy into a washing machine at a Camden laundromat. The machine automatically locked and turned on, setting off a frantic scramble to rescue the boy. Authorities today said they don't believe the act was criminal and are now speaking with the boy's mother. Her name has not been released. 6ABC reported the boy's grandmother, whose name was not given, said the child was with a babysitter and her boyfriend when the incident occurred.
May 8, 2012 |
Wednesday will be the day for free lunchtime concerts around Center City from June 6 through the end of August. The musical genres will run from rockabilly to reggae, and the locations will vary, from Seventh and Market Streets to 18th and the Parkway. In case of rain, the outdoor performances will move to indoor locations, mostly Reading Terminal or the Gallery. Concerts run from noon to 1:30 p.m. The series is organized by the Center City District, with support from TD Bank.
May 8, 2012 |
IN AN EERIE TWIST of fate, an 18-year-old was gunned down Monday afternoon on an East Frankford corner, steps away from where scenes from "Dead Man Down," a mob thriller starring Colin Farrell , was scheduled to be filmed Tuesday morning. At least six shots rang out at Tackawanna and Kinsey streets about 4 p.m., just after the youth stepped outside a corner grocery store, cops said. He was hit three times in the torso and staggered about half a block to the Kinsey and Ditman streets before collapsing.
May 5, 2012 |
Crowdsourcing? Social media? Twitter blasts? Fuggedaboutit. Contrary to expectations, the winners of a contest to locate lifesaving portable medical devices in Philadelphia relied on old-fashioned shoe leather. That was just one surprising outcome of MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania's project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — backpack-size gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims if used in time. Another surprise: The original estimate of 5,000 public-access defibrillators was way too high.
April 18, 2012 |
TRENTON - The state is standing in the way of property-tax relief and forcing budget cuts by withholding energy tax money due municipalities, local officials said Tuesday. Members of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities argued at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting that municipalities should receive a greater share of revenue collected from utilities that pay to locate in the cities. The total collected exceeds $1 billion a year, and local officials said they need a bigger cut to bolster city budgets and lower taxes.
April 7, 2012 |
A man and a woman were shot dead early Friday inside the Corral, a West Philadelphia bar under the Market Street El with a history of violence. Police said a man walked into the small tavern at 5231 Market St. and opened fire at 1:38 a.m., hitting the victims. Troy Wimberley, 38, a married father of three from West Philadelphia, was shot in the head, chest, both arms, and a finger, his family said. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Crystal Shadding, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene.