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January 13, 2001 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
American Appliance, the 30-store regional retail chain based in Pennsauken, says it will close six stores by the end of February. The move is part of the company's strategy to build larger stores - so-called superstores of 25,000 to 40,000 square feet - that carry more name brands and selection. In Pennsylvania, the company will close smaller outlets in Lansdowne, Oxford Valley, York, Harrisburg and Camp Hill; in New Jersey, it will close its outlet in Lawrenceville. The 60 workers in the affected stores are being offered jobs within the company or at its other stores, said Walter Koval, vice president of advertising.
NEWS
August 19, 1993 | By Vyola P. Willson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Some of the merchandise bears celebrity names: Joan Collins jewelry, Rue McClanahan negligees, Diane von Furstenberg blouses. Other items have exotic origins: Russian enameled spoons, Italian silver icons, Thai golden goddesses. Then there are special-interest collectibles: Williamsburg dolls, Goebels crystal, Lladro figures. There are also things that are just plain practical: white bath towels, Teflon frying pans and screwdrivers. All year long, Christmas items from the exquisite, Irish Dresden ornaments, to the kitschy, such as lighted plastic angels, show up. Those are some of the things that QVC sells in Frazer at its outlet store in the Lincoln Court Shopping Center on Route 30. There are odd lots - little and big - left over when the on-air push is over, as well as returned merchandise, out-of-season items, and a few samples.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1989 | By Valerie Reitman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commodore Business Machines Inc. of West Chester said yesterday that it had signed an agreement with Connecting Point of America, a 326-outlet retail chain, to sell Commodore's Amiga and IBM-compatible computer lines. The agreement will substantially increase Commodore's limited distribution, which has contributed to the company's poor domestic performance. Commodore Business Machines, the North American arm of Commodore International Ltd., has been largely unprofitable in the last several years, at least in part because of the relatively small number of dealers that sell Commodore computers.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | By Susan Levine, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a nondescript town of only 6,000, with no grassy New England town common, no picturesque town center and an old trolley car barn used for a town hall. Yet last year Freeport attracted more than three million visitors. They came from Texas, Oregon, Kansas and Canada. They came in motor homes, campers and trucks. They came with money in their pockets, with a single purpose in mind. They came to shop. For squeezed into just half a mile along and just off Main Street, 86 stores and factory outlets beckon.
NEWS
July 28, 2011
TRENTON - Fifty retail outlets in New Jersey face possible closure as the U.S. Postal Service looks to cut costs. The locations under study include Dividing Creek in Cumberland County; Goshen in Cape May County; and Stafford, Harvey Cedars, and Long Beach in Ocean County. The Postal Service, which lost $8 billion last year, announced Tuesday that it was looking at closing more than 3,600 of its more than 31,000 local offices, branches, and stations nationwide. Business has declined sharply in recent years as Internet options have replaced first-class mail, and the recession led to a decline in advertising mail.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1992 | By John J. Fried, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Intelligent Electronics Inc., the Exton office-supply distributor, has agreed to sell all 10 of its company-owned retail outlets to one of its major customers, The Future Now Inc. In return, Future Now, a Cincinnati-based retail chain, will turn over 32 percent of its common stock to Intelligent Electronics. The deal still must be approved by Future Now's shareholders and, thus, is not likely to be consummated before May. The purchase of the Intelligent Electronics stores would bring to 25 the number of outlets owned by Future Now, which markets computer systems and will extend the company's reach beyond the South and Midwest to the East and West Coasts.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Inc. may be getting out of the refining business, but it is aggressively expanding its capacity to sell motor fuels. The Philadelphia company has announced that in 2012 it will resume operating 16 service plazas on the Ohio Turnpike, where its contract expired in 2006 after 12 years. The firm also announced Wednesday that it would buy 25 retail gas stations in Upstate New York from Lehigh Gas Corp., of Bethlehem, Pa. "This purchase shows our commitment to smartly growing our retail presence in areas where we enjoy great brand recognition and have strong logistics assets," Bob Owens, Sunoco's senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement about the New York expansion.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2000 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tasty Baking Co. has taken another step in its battle for market share with Entenmann's baked goods. Today is the official opening of the company's first thrift outlet, where customers can stock up at steep discounts on imperfect or slightly stale Butterscotch Krimpets or any of the company's other baked goods. Yesterday, Becky Wakefield of Rhawnhurst was making her second visit to the Northeast Philadelphia outlet on Grant Avenue near Bustleton Avenue to buy treats for her 10 children who live at home.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1988 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coastal Corp. will launch the expansion of its convenience-store network onto the East Coast with the opening, scheduled this morning, of an outlet in Woodbury. The service-station and convenience-store combination is the first of 24 that the Houston-based energy firm plans to open in South Jersey. Like the other planned stores, it will be serviced by Coastal's Eagle Point Refinery in Westville, Gloucester County. Coastal, which has been in the convenience-store business since the 1970s, has pinpointed the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, where it did not previously have outlets, for expansion.
BUSINESS
July 30, 1986 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Dry Goods, a chain of seven family clothing stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, plans to open 10 outlets in the next five years, according to Joseph Kestenbaum, the chain's new president. Kestenbaum said yesterday that the new stores would be in the Philadelphia area. Kestenbaum is a member of the investor group that bought The Dry Goods from SCOA Industries Inc. on July 22 for an undisclosed sum. The investor group was led by Oppenheimer & Co. of New York.
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September 3, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A shooting at an Atlantic City outlet mall Thursday left one man dead and a male suspect in custody with a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. The incident at Tanger Outlets-the Walk, a few blocks from the Boardwalk, involved "a domestic-related matter," the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. The victim, identified by authorities as Christopher Romero, 26, of Absecon, N.J., was manager of a Zumiez clothing store, officials said. The alleged shooter, Lewis Maisonet, 55, of Somers Point, N.J., fled across the street, wounding himself at a second store, officials said.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Gloucester Premium Outlets, the outdoor mall near the Atlantic City Expressway in Blackwood, marks its one-year anniversary Saturday. The mall, which offers 25 percent to 65 percent off designer brands on a daily basis, had a "fantastic" first year, helped by a warm winter and strong holiday sales, according to management. A celebration will include free live entertainment, face painting and raffle prizes to selected retailers from noon to 4 p.m. Outlet malls are popular among value-conscious consumers and more are on the way nationally.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Superheroes was the theme of last week's P.A.L.S. summer program at the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center, and Tuesday the guest hero was Cherry Hill firefighter Mike Wilder. He opened the floor for questions. "Do you have a wife?" asked ever-inquisitive Maria Sangataldo, 15, followed by a query about Wilder's children. But it wasn't Maria's voice asking the questions. They came from a computerized device that does her talking for her. The Medford teenager and the eight other young people in the program are all multiply disabled and use special devices to enable them to communicate.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
How does one spot Bethenny Frankel fans? Answer: "They look like they take care of themselves; they're not into labels; smart, attractive, and slightly aspirational. A together woman. " That comes from the mouth of the Real Housewives of New York City cast member and founder of Skinnygirl herself. Frankel will get to meet these women Saturday when she helps open the Gloucester Premium Outlets. Before that, though, those fans will see Frankel on the Season 7 finale of Real Housewives of New York City at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Bravo.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2015
Q: Years ago, before kids, I had no issues wrangling my husband's and my cell phones. But our three kids have their own tablets and will soon start to get phones. I have a separate phone for work, too, and we are running out of room on the hall table. I don't allow phones in the kids' bedrooms, but I'm not sure where else makes sense to keep all those chargers. Please help! - Holly A: Multiple devices are such a big part of our lives, and it is hard to find a place to charge them all. My husband and I have several devices that need charging every day - but each of us has an office in our house, and that's how we solve that problem.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Store, will open a 22,700-square-foot store in November on the second level of The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street. Macy's Inc., the corporate parent of Bloomingdale's, announced the store opening late Wednesday. It will be the first Bloomingdale's outlet store in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and the 16th in the country. It joins Bloomingdale's department stores at King of Prussia Mall and Willow Grove Mall. The Shops at Liberty Place space was formerly occupied by Warner Bros.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning rain that turned piles of dirt into mud hardly fazed about 300 construction workers who went about their jobs to get Gloucester Township's biggest economic development done in time for an Aug. 13 opening. Simon Property Group, the nation's largest owner of outlet malls, sponsored a hard-hat tour Tuesday to show off the final phase of construction for Gloucester Premium Outlets at Gloucester Township, just off Route 42, Exit 7B. The last 26 of 90 retailers were also unveiled.
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
We know plenty of facts about the renovation of Philadelphia's dysfunctional Gallery. We know the cost ($325 million). We know what the city and state are coughing up to help the developers realize the transformation ($148.5 million). We even know that the old pushcart vendors have been guaranteed spots in the reconfigured mall. And yet we know almost nothing about the architecture. Through months of discussion about the city's financial contribution to the project, Philadelphians were shown only a single hazy rendering of what the Gallery's new Market Street facade would look like after the big white whale of a mall goes under the knife and reemerges as the "Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.
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June 14, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like the scene at a mall on the day of a door-buster sale, scores of hopeful job-seekers thronged a job fair Friday in pursuit of work at the new Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, set to open in August. Before the event at Camden County College in Blackwood began at 10 a.m., hundreds had already shown up. Many brought resum├ęs and a willingness to accept any of the 800 positions available at the 90-store center. "I think it's a positive day," said Precious Jemibewon, 29, of Sicklerville, who has been out of work since a car accident in December.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outlet malls, which offer savings on designer goods in an open air setting, are expanding their footprint. When Gloucester Premium Outlets opens in August in Blackwood, it will be the 69th outlet center in the United States for Simon Property Group. The company's portfolio has grown steadily over the last three decades, with at least one or two outlets opening every year since 1995. That trend is likely to continue, says Stephen Yalof, chief executive officer of Simon Premium Outlets.
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