July 21, 2016
The rapid rise of Dublin, Ireland-based value retailer Primark at U.S. malls has little to do with the luck of the Irish and everything to do with the disappearing American middle class, retailing experts say. Primark, the fast-fashion retailer that churns out high volume (selling a million socks a day globally) at nearly rock-bottom prices, on Tuesday opened its fifth store in the United States - and second in Pennsylvania - at Willow Grove Park Mall. Five more stores along the East Coast are on the way. Primark debuted to a few hundred eager shoppers at Willow Grove, including Kim Meiklejohn, 47, of Broomall, who gave up on malls a few years ago, claiming that department store prices were often too high for items of poor quality.
November 27, 2015 |
At Primark - the Dublin fast-fashion behemoth that opened its second U.S. store in the Plaza at King of Prussia mall yesterday - there is no shortage of stuff I'd buy and proudly wear. For example, my hunt for the perfect cardigan sweater is over because Primark has a gang of them: classic round-collar ones; longer yet fitted V-necks; dusters; and chunky capes that swing open in the front (although there are pullover versions, too) - all in at least 10 colors ranging from basic black to beloved blush.
July 18, 2015 |
When Helen Stainker Brown was in her 30s, in the 1950s, she was known as "Herbie" by high school boys who hung out at Pauley's, a bakery in Gloucester City, where she worked behind the counter. "They were very fond of Mom," a son, Harry, said. "They had an informal gang, they called themselves a gang," he said, describing the club. And, he said, "they couldn't have any girls in the gang, so they named her Herbie, like one of the guys. " On Saturday, July 11, Mrs. Brown, 95, died at Heath Village, a retirement community in Hackettstown, N.J. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Brown attended Gloucester City High School, her son said, "through 10th grade and dropped out to help support the family.
November 20, 2013 |
When she called Monday to explain J.C. Penney Co.'s holiday strategy to win back customers, senior marketing vice president Deb Berman ticked off a ton of fixes aimed at recapturing $4 billion in sales that vaporized last year. No longer will Penneys stay shut until Black Friday, as it did in 2012 while frenzied competitors threw their doors open on Turkey Day. Hustling for every penny now, the department store will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving. And returning to the sales floor on Black Friday are even more signs of the old Penneys: Cooks kitchen appliances (the discount store brand drastically cut back under the leadership of now-ousted chief executive Ron Johnson)
November 14, 2013 |
The Martha Stewart Pantry extra-virgin olive oil arrived on my desk from J.C. Penney Inc. earlier this year like a retail voodoo doll. Voodoo because Penneys was unveiling the premium product at an ominous time, in the midst of losing billions of dollars under the rip-apart-the-old-ways leadership of former Apple Store guru Ron Johnson. Soon after taking the helm in November 2011, Johnson spent hugely to bring the domestic diva's upmarket wares into stores he viewed as staid and in need of reinvention.
January 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared. Penneys also plans to add price tags or signs for more than half of its merchandise to show customers how much they're saving by shopping at the mid-priced chain - a strategy used by a few other retailers such as home decor chain Crate and Barrel and the company that owns TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls.
October 8, 2012 |
It was fitting that J.C. Penney Co.'s newest store, a redesigned and blinged out behemoth at Willow Grove Park, officially opened Friday of all days, the one-year anniversary of the death of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs. With its iPad checkout for Levi's, its apparel brands grouped into mini-stores within the store, and its bright accent lights sparkling onto wide-open, burnished-concrete aisles, the new Penneys reflects a companywide effort to rapidly and radically transform the century-old chain under the leadership of former Apple retail guru Ron Johnson.
February 26, 2012
"Many times in our history, we have these problems - and bigger problems - but we make it. " - Greek iconographer and theologian Georgios Kordis, commenting on the financial crisis in his home country. Kordis is working on a new Greek Orthodox church in Montgomery County. "Greece will be a different country after this transaction. " - Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, after the Greek parliament approved legislation to slice $142 billion off the country's debt.
December 15, 2011
J.C. Penney plans to open a department store at Franklin Mills Mall in March at the same location where, until earlier this year, it had operated a Penney's outlet store that shut down as part of a nationwide realignment by the retailer, mall officials announced Thursday. Penney's will remodel the site of its former outlet after renovating the interior into a modern, 100,000-square-foot department store at the discount-oriented megamall in Far Northeast Philadelphia. The new Penney's will join Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor Factory Store, and Guess Factory Store, among other outlet and value retail stores at Franklin Mills.
July 29, 2011 |
A new J.C. Penney and Nordstrom Rack are centerpieces of a planned expansion announced Thursday at the site of an old Strawbridge's department store at the Willow Grove Park mall. The stores, set to open in 2012, will be part of 190,000 square feet of renovated space reconfigured from the three-story shell of the Strawbridge's, according to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall. The stores are being slotted into a long-dormant site that was originally to have come back to life as a Boscov's.