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August 15, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
It took more than half a century, but who's counting? King of Prussia becomes one humongous mall on Thursday. Normally, there's a ribbon cutting at these things. Not this time. Execs at powerhouse mall owner Simon Property Group plan to connect two ribbons. They'll take one ribbon from the Plaza, one from the Court, and connect them at Savor, the new food pavilion, and announce the Plaza and Court as "no more," only King of Prussia. "We're giving that to you early," David Contis, president of Simon Malls, said in a giddy manner over the phone on Aug. 5. "It's going to be pretty neat.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Janice M. Wildemann, 57, of King of Prussia, died on Aug. 27 while vacationing in Sea Isle City, N.J., with her family. Upon her return from a stroll on the boardwalk, she experienced an asthma attack that resulted in a cardiac arrest, according to a family member. Mrs. Wildemann was raised in Narberth and graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in 1949. She married Leonard Walter Wildemann in 1953. The couple were married for 31 years. He died in 1984. Mrs. Wildemann was a clerk for J.C. Penney in King of Prussia for the last 15 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 20,000 collectors are likely to cram Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia this weekend to see what merchandise the 300 dealers expected have hauled in for Renninger's Mid-Winter Classic. Based on previous Renninger shows, that means everything from soup to nuts in the antique and collectible catalogue. The indoor show serves as a cold- weather fix for fans of Renninger's outdoor shows held in Kutztown in spring, summer and fall. This year's outdoor shows - all held Friday and Saturday - are April 24-25, June 26-27 and Sept.
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May 8, 2016 | $util.encode.html($!item.byline), STAFF REPORT
First CornerStone Bank of King of Prussia was closed Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. To protect customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, has entered into an agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., of Raleigh, N.C., to assume all deposits at First CornerStone's six branches in suburban Philadelphia, which will reopen as First-Citizens branches. Customers should continue to use their current branch and can continue to access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
Upper Merion police found the body of a man inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Target store on DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The man, 42 and of Norristown, had been reported missing earlier Saturday, police said. There is "absolutely nothing suspicious" about the circumstances, said Upper Merion Police Lt. Michael Martin, declining to elaborate. Authorities are expected to release more information as it becomes available. - Caitlin McCabe  
NEWS
February 4, 1993 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Upper Merion Township will host testing for a bone-marrow-donor program March 13 as part of a national effort to increase the donor pool. The Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation, a co-sponsor of the event, is trying to boost the list of possible donors across the country this year by 200,000, to raise the total to one million, said foundation president Michael Greenberg. Greenberg showed a video to the township supervisors last Thursday detailing the process the donor and recipient must go through.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Valley Forge businessman Vincent Piazza has purchased a King of Prussia office building on an 18-acre site that may be further developed with housing and offices, commercial real estate services firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank said in a release Monday. Piazza purchased the parcel at 1100 First Ave. from Devon Health Services, which has its headquarters there, said NGKF, which is marketing the space to potential tenants. Plans for the property include managing the existing building and exploring the development of a mixed-use project that could include professional or medical offices, homes, shopping and a hotel.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Newly formed e-commerce technology company Radial is vacating 100,000 square feet of King of Prussia office space owned by Radnor-based Brandywine Realty Trust. Radial, recently formed through the merger of a former eBay unit and global e-commerce company Innotrac, is consolidating staff at 935 First Ave., King of Prussia, which it owns, spokeswoman Amy Christie said Friday. One of the office buildings it will vacate as a result is Brandywine Realty's 630 Allendale Rd., Christie said.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Insurance giant Nationwide Financial will close its mutual fund office in King of Prussia by next January and transfer the 100 positions to the company's headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, a Nationwide spokesman said Friday. Nationwide's King of Prussia employees were told Thursday that they would be given the opportunity to transfer to Columbus, the spokeman said. Nationwide said its mutual fund operation has $60 billion under management. The company established a local presence in 1999, when it teamed with fund executive Paul J. Hondros to start Villanova Capital Management.
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August 22, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Deb Lutz was making a high-six-figure salary at Johnson & Johnson as vice president of marketing just three years ago. But her entrepreneurial spirit (she bought and sold professional baseball cards to help pay her way through Wharton undergrad, Class of 1991) and her other life as a foodie got the best of her. She ditched corporate America and went for a fresh start. Two years ago, at age 45, she opened a b.good franchise - a healthy, fast-casual restaurant that serves in-house-ground burgers, vegetable/fruit smoothies, and other fresh dishes in Marlton.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Good bye, Plaza. So long, Court. At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, King of Prussia Mall was officially declared "one mall" by owner Simon Property Group. Hello Bonobos and Calligaris. Bring it on, Jimmy Choo, Vince, and CH Carolina Herrera. The East Coast's premiere shopping mall just grew by about 500,000 square feet. It now includes a 155,000-square-foot connector that ties together the two former sections for the first time, and an added 250,000-square-foot wing, home to 50 new retailers and restaurants.
NEWS
August 20, 2016
When it comes to attracting upscale retail in the region, it was clear King of Prussia had an advantage over Center City. But as of Thursday, we can say - in the fight for luring top fashion brands here - the mall has been victorious. King of Prussia unveiled its gleaming, 155,000-square-foot expansion Thursday morning that looked more like New York's Fifth Avenue than the wing of an indoor suburban mall. With brands like Carolina Herrera, MCM, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, and Diane von Furstenberg - my New York Fashion Week designer favorite opening its first location in Pennsylvania here - it's a high-end shopper's dream.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
It took more than half a century, but who's counting? King of Prussia becomes one humongous mall on Thursday. Normally, there's a ribbon cutting at these things. Not this time. Execs at powerhouse mall owner Simon Property Group plan to connect two ribbons. They'll take one ribbon from the Plaza, one from the Court, and connect them at Savor, the new food pavilion, and announce the Plaza and Court as "no more," only King of Prussia. "We're giving that to you early," David Contis, president of Simon Malls, said in a giddy manner over the phone on Aug. 5. "It's going to be pretty neat.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
NEWS
July 27, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
With more than $3 billion worth of commercial property within its borders, including the massive King of Prussia Mall, Upper Merion Township in Montgomery County is one of the region's richest in terms of property wealth. But despite all that prosperity, the township long has had an underlying problem: sinkholes. The story of how they came to be is about 500 million years old, but the problems they cause are here and now. During the King of Prussia Mall expansion that begin in 2014, the ground continually caved in. To date, it has happened 35 times.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
How do you top Jimmy Choo? You don't. Instead, you bring in more heavy hitters to complement the designer-shoe maven. Like eyewear retailer Oliver Peoples, Italian apparel retailer Bottega Veneta, upscale brand Rag & Bone, and luxury Italian furniture retailer Calligaris. They were all announced on Tuesday as tenants that will be moving into King of Prussia's new corridor, which is due to debut Aug. 18. The 155,000-square-foot corridor is to house 50 new retailers, half of which are considered luxury brands, including those named Tuesday by Simon Property Group's mall division president, David Contis.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Of all the workouts Don Powers endured in a 20-plus-year career focused on exercise, the one he hated most was when members of the gym he ran in King of Prussia would press him hard about a broken piece of equipment. "I couldn't stand being the owner/manager and a customer coming up to me and saying, 'Don, when is that treadmill going to be fixed?' and me trying to get a service manager on the phone. " Finding someone to evaluate a malfunctioning treadmill or elliptical machine and fix it quickly often was as sweat-inducing and tortuous as a 10-mile run uphill.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Einstein Healthcare Network is spending $5.7 million to open an outpatient center in King of Prussia in June, the tax-exempt system said Tuesday. The 30,000 square-foot facilility will offer primary care and specialities, such as orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as outpatient radiology for diagnostic imaging and a satellite of MossRehab. Einstein has hospitals in North Philadelphia, Elkins Park, and East Norriton, Montgomery County. Like other systems, Einstein has been working to expand its reach into the suburbs, where better-insured patients are located.
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May 8, 2016 | $util.encode.html($!item.byline), STAFF REPORT
First CornerStone Bank of King of Prussia was closed Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. To protect customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, has entered into an agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., of Raleigh, N.C., to assume all deposits at First CornerStone's six branches in suburban Philadelphia, which will reopen as First-Citizens branches. Customers should continue to use their current branch and can continue to access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.
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