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January 10, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading Terminal Market has fed generations of Philadelphians, wowed countless tourists and conventioneers, and set the gold standard for public markets across the country. But the market's growing profile and increasing sales, swelled by the expanded Convention Center, have created a need for more space - a good problem to have if the market weren't landlocked. "We are maxed out on space," said longtime general manager Paul Steinke. After Labor Day, several tenants are moving to larger spaces within the market as part of a $3.5 million revitalization.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
In an old city neighborhood where many people don't drive, a supermarket within walking distance is a necessity, say Mantua community leaders. In Mantua, that becomes one more necessity people learn to live without. Three years ago, the neighborhood's only full-service grocery, on Haverford Avenue near 34th Street, closed after a fire. Since then, Mantua residents who depend primarily on their feet for transportation either have had to buy groceries at small, expensive convenience stores or at the closest commercial shopping strip, 42nd Street and Lancaster Avenue, 10 blocks or more away, according to Charles C. Cole Jr., a community activist and board member of Mantua Community Developers.
NEWS
October 26, 1989 | BY BRIAN RUDNICK
We're marching to City Council today and we're asking the people of this city to join us. We're the merchants of the Reading Terminal Market and we're marching mad. We were promised the sky and we're getting it - soaking filthy rainwater. For several months, we and our customers have endured deafening jackhammering, falling debris and paint chips, cascading water, flooding, mice, city health inspectors, grandstanding politicians and more. It's like the 10 plagues. Take us to the promised land!
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Tootsie Iovine-D'Ambrosio turned over a menu the other morning and sat down at her counter to sketch a family tree. A family tree of all the Iovines who work at the Reading Terminal Market. All 17 of them. "Let's see," she said, beginning with her and brother's spot: Tootsie's Salad Express. There's her brother, Tony. Shy Tony, who handles all the books, bills, and worrying. Young Tony, who's learning the ropes from dad. Her daughter Maria, who's as outgoing as her mom, and Maria's adorable little Vinnie.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Brian X. McCrone, Staff Writer
Michael Holahan, 58, of Elkins Park, a merchant for three decades at the Reading Terminal Market who became one of the venerable institution's most influential forces, died Wednesday, March 16, of heart failure at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Mr. Holahan and his wife, Julie, opened the Pennsylvania General Store in 1987, when "the market was all beat up," longtime friend Brent Cossrow said. "In a very understated and not visible to the public way, he helped to change the market," said Cossrow, vice chairman of the Reading Terminal Market Corp., whom Mr. Holahan approached a decade ago to be the merchants' first general counsel.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
After weeks of deliberations, officials at Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday announced that the block-long food emporium will be open during the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Center City. The market, at 11th and Arch Streets, falls inside a tight planned security zone drawn by the U.S. Secret Service. It will stay open on a modified schedule, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. "After much planning and preparation, we are pleased to announce that Reading Terminal Market will remain open during the World Meeting of Families Congress and for Pope Francis' visit in September," said Anuj Gupta, the market's general manager, in a statement.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
When Paul Steinke arrived in 2001 to become the new general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, the beloved Philadelphia institution was in need of a delicate update and future vision. To remain relevant, one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the country had to evolve without losing its diversity or historic character. Thirteen years later, the market has been significantly reshaped by expanded hours, a major redesign, and several bright new tenants. Visitors since 2003 have increased by 30 percent, to 6.2 million people a year.
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FOOD
April 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 5, 2016:   Craig LaBan: I'm working on a few stories featuring the best bites along my recent travels up and down the Eastern Seaboard, so more on that later. But here is one delight I'll share, as the long highway drive north through upstate Pa. can feel so bleak when it comes to dining. It doesn't have to be: this wedge of creamy peanut butter pie with a top lid of chocolate at Bingham's in Kingsley, north of Scranton just off I-81, was worth pulling off the highway for. This sprawling old-school diner is cooking genuine scratch comfort food.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Brian X. McCrone, Staff Writer
Michael Holahan, 58, of Elkins Park, a merchant for three decades at the Reading Terminal Market who became one of the venerable institution's most influential forces, died Wednesday, March 16, of heart failure at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Mr. Holahan and his wife, Julie, opened the Pennsylvania General Store in 1987, when "the market was all beat up," longtime friend Brent Cossrow said. "In a very understated and not visible to the public way, he helped to change the market," said Cossrow, vice chairman of the Reading Terminal Market Corp., whom Mr. Holahan approached a decade ago to be the merchants' first general counsel.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
AS THE GOSPEL tells it, the Lord once saw to it that five loaves and two fish were enough to feed 5,000 people. If only the merchants at Reading Terminal Market were so blessed. Purveyors of roast beef and pork, grilled cheese and Chinese food all reported slow or even abysmal sales during the recent papal weekend when a Daily News reporter came calling yesterday. After being told for months to prepare for a massive crowd of visitors here to see Pope Francis and attend the World Meeting of Families, owners of food stands were left with plenty of extra supply.
FOOD
September 18, 2015 | Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Natural soda with a probiotic pop Soda isn't generally considered health food. Water kefir, on the other hand, is a fizzy, fermented, probiotic alternative. If you're hesitant to home-brew it with water and kefir grains (mostly yeast and bacteria) - try Pollock's Kefir Pop, made in Kutztown by kefir aficionados Rich Fravel and Paul David. On tap at places like Bodhi Coffee (410 S. Second St.) or available by the bottle, it's made with organic sugar, dried apricots, and ginger, and comes in flavors like lemongrass and cucumber-mint.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
After weeks of deliberations, officials at Reading Terminal Market on Wednesday announced that the block-long food emporium will be open during the weekend of Pope Francis' visit to Center City. The market, at 11th and Arch Streets, falls inside a tight planned security zone drawn by the U.S. Secret Service. It will stay open on a modified schedule, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. "After much planning and preparation, we are pleased to announce that Reading Terminal Market will remain open during the World Meeting of Families Congress and for Pope Francis' visit in September," said Anuj Gupta, the market's general manager, in a statement.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The general manager of the Reading Terminal Market met Tuesday with the city's director of emergency management to discuss ways the emporium of food stalls may remain open during Pope Francis' visit next month, in light of stringent security measures. Anuj Gupta has said the merchants are so concerned about running out of food and being unable to get their 350 employees to the job that he might decide to close the block-long tourist attraction at 12th and Arch Streets the weekend of Sept.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Tootsie Iovine-D'Ambrosio turned over a menu the other morning and sat down at her counter to sketch a family tree. A family tree of all the Iovines who work at the Reading Terminal Market. All 17 of them. "Let's see," she said, beginning with her and brother's spot: Tootsie's Salad Express. There's her brother, Tony. Shy Tony, who handles all the books, bills, and worrying. Young Tony, who's learning the ropes from dad. Her daughter Maria, who's as outgoing as her mom, and Maria's adorable little Vinnie.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Domenic and Tommy are the closest thing to royalty at the Reading Terminal Market. Domenic M. Spataro, owner of Spataro's cheesesteaks. Tommy Nicolosi, owner of DiNic's Roast Pork & Beef. Some afternoons, the two old friends allow themselves a liquid lunch at the Terminal bar, Molly Malloy's. Who's going to tell them otherwise? Between them, they have about 85 years of experience at the Terminal. Domenic started working weekends and summers at his father's buttermilk stand when he was 8, then went full time the day after graduating from Northeast High.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Riley, 28, a Philadelphia street performer who left NBC's singing-competition show The Voice in January to deal with substance-abuse issues, was found dead Friday. Over the last decade, Mr. Riley had been a fixture in Center City, crooning Motown and pop songs for tips on the bustling streets outside Reading Terminal Market, Penn's Landing, and Independence Hall. Since leaving the TV show, he had been working on an album but continued to struggle with addiction, his friends and family said Saturday.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anuj Gupta landed a new job last Friday as general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, and the gig offers equal helpings of his two loves: public service and food. "It's hard to find a place in Philadelphia, let alone anywhere else, that offers you the quality and diversity of product, and affordability, that the terminal does," Gupta said during a walk-through this week. "It's this magnificent, historic place. People love it. " Gupta, who will start June 15, arrives at a critical juncture for the market, which dates to 1892.
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