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May 1, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suburban Square in Ardmore will lose its Macy's store in January, as part of the retailer's strategy to close stores nationwide in order to cater to the growing number of online shoppers, experts said. The Ardmore center and the location of the Macy's have historical significance. Suburban Square opened in 1928 as one of the first shopping centers in the United States, and likewise had one of the first department-store anchors when Strawbridge & Clothier opened there two years later.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A 60-year-old Main Line man has been charged with sexually abusing a family member, Radnor Township police said Wednesday. The counts against Charles Robinson of the unit block of Gable Road, Paoli, included corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person under 16, indecent exposure, and endangering the welfare of a child. Robinson posted $10,000 bail, and a hearing is set for Thursday. He was arrested on New Year's Eve, his 60th birthday, as police feared he would flee the area.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a convenience store owner in one of the area's most affluent suburbs, Tariq Mahmood is accustomed to meeting - not minting - millionaires. But his Sunoco APlus store in Wynnewood did just that Monday, selling a Pennsylvania Cash 5 ticket worth $1 million to a 31-year-old West Chester man. The busy store and gas station is on Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion, the heart of the Main Line. Just as popular as its gas and soda, however, are its lottery machines; Monday's winner was a regular patron and his ticket the third big jackpot sold there in a year.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The White Dog Cafe in Wayne, the Main Line location of the well-known restaurant, was heavily damaged Thursday when a two-alarm fire broke out in the kitchen shortly before noon. Firefighters from the surrounding area fought the blaze, which started at 11:45 a.m., amid a heavy downpour, and brought it under control within an hour. The restaurant and offices in the building were evacuated when crews arrived, and no injuries were reported. "Our intent is to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible and reopen," said Marty Grims, the owner of the restaurant in Radnor Township.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A historic Main Line inn and a CVS pharmacy might find a way to live together after all. Chester County preservationists and residents who have been fighting to save the Old Covered Wagon Inn in Strafford scored a victory last week when a developer produced revised plans for the drug store that call for accommodating the 18th-century structure rather than razing it. Summit Realty, an Ambler-based developer, submitted the new proposal to Tredyffrin...
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judge Steven T. O'Neill is used to hearing tales of addiction, depression, and cries for help in his Montgomery County drug court. But Monday's scene, with about 50 well-to-do Main Line supporters coming out to speak on behalf of one young defendant, was unusual. Timothy C. Brooks, 19, of Villanova, pleaded guilty in October to five charges as the No. 2 man in a drug ring that sought to corner the market on marijuana sales at Main Line prep schools. The operation was short-lived and its scope was modest in comparison to its extraordinarily high media profile.
NEWS
July 2, 2016
The slaying of a 62-year-old Berwyn woman in her Main Line home two weeks ago was a "targeted attack," Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Denise Barger, a recent widow, died of blunt-force trauma. Her body was found on the morning of June 17 by a relative who had gone to Barger's Heatherstone Drive residence to check on her, the District Attorney's Office announced June 18. Her death was the first homicide this year in Tredyffrin Township, the most populous town in Chester County with about 29,500 people.
FOOD
October 6, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Main Liners are often heard repeating the same sentiment: Why are there no good restaurants where they live? It's not a region that's short on openings. BYOs such as TiraMisu in Berwyn and high-caliber spots like Paramour and Xilantro in Wayne are a few that have opened in recent months. But few seem to make the splash that residents are desperate for. "I personally think the choices out here are horrible," said one Main Line mom, who didn't want to be named. And on every food-loving Main Liner's wish list?
NEWS
June 11, 2016
On the eve of Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, his daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, 41, spoke about her father and the final hours that her 17-year-old son, Jacob, spent at the bedside of the former world heavyweight champion in an Arizona hospital. The designer, author, and real estate agent lives on the Main Line with her husband, Spencer Wertheimer, and their son. She is the fifth of nine Ali children. Her mother, Aaisha Fletcher, met the boxer in the early 1970s and still lives in the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former tennis coach at a Main Line girls' school pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges for sending suggestive texts to a 15-year-old player on his team in 2013. Charles Meredith, 54, coached the girl for about two years at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic college preparatory school in Radnor Township. Meredith was fired from the school in October 2013 and arrested that December after an investigation by police from Delaware County and Radnor and Lower Merion Townships.
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BUSINESS
August 22, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
FJ Leto has changed course from his carnivorous teen years, now finding culinary excitement in a glass. He blends and then presses kale, cucumber, spinach, lemon, apple, and ginger into drinkable form in a tiny commercial kitchen near downtown Ardmore. The Haverford native and alum of Episcopal Academy and St. Joseph's University came to this dietary conversion while living at a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center in Berkeley, Calif., where the menu was vegetarian. More surprising, perhaps, is that Leto has staked a new business on it as the consumer market is saturated with juices and approaching a high-water mark for the cold-pressed type his Juice Dr. is producing.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
GoPuff, the 24-hour, app-driven online delivery service that aims to take out Wawa, made its first foray into the Philly suburbs this week. On Wednesday, GoPuff deliveries arrived at homes in Manayunk, Roxborough, and the Main Line for the first time. Before this week, the service - now in 11 cities nationally - had been available in the Philadelphia region only to those who lived or worked in the immediate city. Making deliveries to the suburbs comes after GoPuff leased a 3,500-square-foot warehouse on 5216 Ridge Ave. last month to house its inventory geared to the 'burbs.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
William "Howard" Fritz IV was 6 when he got his first job at his family's lumberyard in Berwyn. He was the "nail picker-upper. " During weighing, nails fell out of bags, and the boy was tasked with recovering them - making him the fifth-generation Fritz to serve the building needs of the growing Chester County community. After an hour, his father, who was 9 when he started as a sweeper, returned to count the collected nails. There were a half-dozen. He bent down, hands on knees, and looked his son in the eyes.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Former cleaning lady Donna Allie, 59, took a big step, or a leap of faith, to go from scrubbing bathrooms in Bryn Mawr to washing down stadiums in Philadelphia. Allie, president of Team Clean Inc., told a contractor her firm could provide 200 workers to clean Veterans Stadium when she had only eight workers, dispatched to homes on the Main Line. Team Clean now has 700. Given Hillary Clinton's nomination at next week's convention, what do women need to learn to lead? We don't think big enough.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
THEODORE J. BERRY, 98, a Main Line physician, author, and educator, died Thursday, July 14, of pneumonia at his home in Naples, Fla. Dr. Berry lived in Villanova and then Bryn Mawr before moving to Naples in 1999. He was a prominent figure at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 45 years, practicing internal medicine and serving for a time as chief of staff. He retired in 1993 as director of medical education. Although Dr. Berry was hard-driving and productive, he also was very genial. Quietly and discreetly, he was physician and friend to the Main Line's elite families.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
For decades, millionaire Main Line businessmen Richard Ireland and Brian McElwee have plied politicians with campaign money while landing government contract after contract. None of it has provoked much attention. But now the two little-known partners are drawing scrutiny beyond political circles. In the latest probe into "pay to play" in Pennsylvania, federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed a host of documents from the businessmen.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The Shipley School in Lower Merion announced Friday that a student who was reported missing earlier in the week had likely taken his own life. "Although everyone was praying for a good outcome, I do not have good news," Head of School Stephen Piltch wrote in a letter posted to the school's website Friday. Austin Wylie, 17, was entering his senior year. He was described as a talented player on the school's soccer team and the club team FC Europa. On Thursday, Philadelphia marine units were searching the Delaware River near where Wylie's car had been found, according to police sources.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Robert Moran and Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITERS
A person was fatally struck by an Amtrak train Friday afternoon in Delaware County, forcing the suspension of SEPTA's westbound Paoli-Thorndale Line, officials said. The person was struck at 3:51 p.m. near SEPTA's Bryn Mawr station on tracks used by Amtrak for trains between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, said Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert. There were no passengers on the train, Tolbert said. The Keystone Line was briefly halted for police investigators, but two tracks were back in service around 4:15 p.m. There was no timetable for when the SEPTA's regional rail line would resume service, said agency spokesman Andrew Busch.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Kimco Realty, the landlord of Suburban Square, was expected to make an announcement by summer on new tenants taking over the 100,000-square-foot former Macy's space at iconic Suburban Square. But as of this week - almost midway through summer - there was still nothing to report. In many ways, the Main Line shopping center represents the plight of middle-tier malls that have lost key anchors and are struggling for replacements in the age of internet shopping and old-school competition from behemoth, trophy malls such as nearby King of Prussia.
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