August 2, 1990 |
Built 17 years ago, the Oxford Valley Mall is getting its first extensive face lift. Kravco Malls of King of Prussia, the mall owner, is spending several million dollars on painting and new flooring and lighting, said manager Richard Wenderoth. The work, which began May 15 and includes marble flooring and tropical plants, is scheduled to be completed in November. "The mall was tired-looking," marketing director Susan Furman said. Officials said the work would help keep the mall competitive with many malls that were not yet built, or even dreamed of, when Oxford Valley opened its doors in Middletown Township in 1973.
January 30, 1994 |
Are you a fashion trendsetter? Do you have individual style? Then you might qualify to be a model for Oxford Valley Mall. Mall management is looking for 10 customers to use as models in print advertisements in the spring. Auditions will be held at the mall Feb. 17 and 19. The model search is a promotional campaign that grew out of a "style survey" conducted in the fall. Some of the results of the survey painted a picture of shoppers that surprised mall management. A majority of the 1,300 respondents to the written survey described themselves as athletic, extroverted, fashion trendsetters, and less interested in the mall as a place to shop than as a place to meet friends and do something.
April 6, 1999 |
Using e-mail messages sent over the Internet, Middletown Township police nabbed a Bensalem man who they say tried to lure a 15-year-old boy into illicit sex and arranged to meet him at the Oxford Valley Mall, authorities said yesterday. James Joseph Breustedt, 28, of the 2000 block of Berwyn Road, was arrested Friday about 7:45 p.m. at the mall and charged with attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and attempted indecent assault. He was taken into custody after he arrived at the mall for a prearranged meeting that authorities said he believed would be with the boy. The arrest capped a three-week investigation in which two Middletown Township police officers sent and received 31 e-mail messages to track Breustedt.
July 31, 1987 |
A motorist speeding along U.S. Route 1 in Bucks County at about 80 m.p.h. struck a motorcyclist late Wednesday night and drove five miles to his home with the cycle stuck beneath his vehicle and throwing off sparks, police said. Middletown Township police charged Thomas J. Bednarzik, 44, of East Holland Road in Northampton Township, with leaving the scene of an accident in which there had been injury. An arraignment has not been scheduled. The motorcyclist, Robert DiAndrea, 18, of the 6200 block of North Third Street in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, was thrown from the cycle on impact, according to police, who said he was treated for abrasions at St. Mary Hospital and released.
March 1, 1988 |
PriceLess Kitchens Inc., failing to capture a sizable share of the U.S. kitchen remodeling industry with its European-style cabinets, is closing its five Philadelphia-area stores. A company official said the stores are expected to be closed by the end of April. However, he declined to say why the company was closing the stores, or whether the merchandise and showroom facilities would be taken over by another retailer. A unit of British-based MFI, the world's largest retailer of kitchen cabinets and furniture, PriceLess is leaving the area following two of the real estate and home improvement industry's best years.
May 3, 1999 |
Thirty-two libraries in Montgomery County and 12 in Bucks County will offer SmithKline Beecham's Science in the Summer program for students entering second through sixth grades. In Montgomery County, the students will study simple machines and gravity. The Bucks County students will learn how to use a microscope. There are four 45-minute classes in each session. The sessions will be conducted from June 28 to Aug. 5. Course dates and times vary by library. Science in the Summer, which is in its 13th year, has grown from 10 libraries serving 300 children to 125 libraries and nearly 6,000 children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
May 3, 1990 |
The numbers of volunteer firefighters and rescue-squad members are fast dwindling across the state, and municipalities eventually will have to pay for the services unless the state and businesses come up with ways to help find and keep the volunteers, a House panel has been told. If New Britain Township had to finance its fire and rescue-squad services, it would require at least a 275 percent increase in municipal real-estate taxes, said Robert C. Bender, township manager. That would mean an additional $500 annually for the typical homeowner.
May 19, 1986 |
Northeast Philadelphia has an identical twin across the Atlantic Ocean in the Romford section of London. That's why Priceless Kitchens of the United Kingdom chose Northeast Philadelphia for its first store in the United States. Priceless Kitchens is owned by the MFI Furniture Group, one of the world's largest sellers of furniture and kitchen cabinets with 1985 sales of $600 million. Of the company's 134 stores in the United Kingdom, the one in Romford is among the best, which is why the company sought out a similar neighborhood for its first U.S. venture.
September 23, 1993 |
After three busy years of gobbling up its competitors' stores, Philadelphia's Wee Three Records is taking some time to digest. Wee Three, which ran 19 stores in 1989, today operates 170 stores under six different names. This year, Wee Three is sorting them out by remodeling 167 of its stores and giving them a new, unifying name and look. Three new stores dubbed "The Wall" - the new name given Wee Threes by its corporate parent - have opened in the Philadelphia area in recent months.
June 18, 1986 |
Gimbels, one of Philadelphia's most venerable retailers, is all but certain to vanish from the area following the announcement yesterday that seven local stores will be sold. The chain's owner, Batus Inc. of Louisville, Ky., announced plans to sell 10 Gimbels stores - including seven of the nine Gimbels outlets in Philadelphia and its suburbs - to Allied Stores Corp. of New York. The deal, which is subject to federal approval, is valued at between $150 million and $175 million.