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.
June 10, 2016 |
As mall department stores fade, the Dublin, Ireland-based Primark stores are snatching up some of their prime spots up and down the Northeastern seaboard. "It has been very encouraging," Primark's group director of business development, Breege O'Donoghue, said Wednesday in an interview at the Rittenhouse Hotel. "We have gotten very positive customer feedback. Footfall and sales densities have increased steadily as awareness of the Primark brand continues to grow. " She declined to give specific numbers, but hinted that sales bode well for upcoming store openings.
April 23, 2016 |
William M. Danson Jr. "hung out at Shibe Park a lot" when he was growing up, his wife, Edith, said. Living in the Paradise neighborhood, near 26th Street and Lehigh Avenue, before Shibe became Connie Mack Stadium in 1953, Mr. Danson and friends were always on the lookout for a free ticket from a fan. Besides, his wife said, "he passed Shibe Park every single day" at 21st and Lehigh, walking to classes at Northeast High School when it was at...
March 7, 2016
They're the switch hitters of retail - players with a growing presence on the other side of the selling field. Online juggernaut Amazon.com opened its first brick-and-mortar store in November in Seattle. Around the same time, retail heavyweight Macy's announced it was shutting nearly 40 stores this year to beef up its online presence. Same with Sears, JC Penney, and the Gap - all closing stores. Kohl's announced on Feb. 25 that it was closing 18 stores nationwide - with locations to be announced by the end of this month.
March 6, 2016
While the City Slept A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness By Eli Sanders Viking. 336 pp. $28 Reviewed by Glen Macnow On a warm July night in 2009, three lives collided in a working-class Seattle neighborhood. Teresa Butz and her fiancée, Jennifer Hopper, were at home planning their future when a 23-year-old man in a psychotic spiral broke in through an open window. Over the next few hours, Isaiah Kalebu raped and then stabbed both women, eventually killing Butz, who tried to escape by diving through a second-story glass window.
February 13, 2016 |
Boarded-up storefronts line both levels of the ailing Burlington County mall now called the Marketplace at Burlington. Plans to revive it were supposed to start in "early 2016," by owner Moonbeam Capital Investments L.L.C., of Las Vegas, which bought the mall two years ago with plans for a three-phase, $230 million turnaround of the former Burlington Center. But those plans have been delayed until at least fall of this year, said Moonbeam's director of real estate, Shawl Pryor.
January 4, 2016
The American middle class is disappearing, and with it, the mall anchor store. As he pushed a shopping cart at T.J. Maxx the day after Christmas, Ahmet Kula made it clear he likes nice things but isn't willing to pay full price for them. "I like the prices and quality in here," the 45-year-old limo driver from Levittown said. "I like Macy's, too. But it's too expensive. " Then he whipped out two Sears credit cards he said he hadn't used in months, for the same reason. Kula represents that middle-of-the-road shopper, neither low-end nor high-end, who in recent years has become elusive for shopping malls - and is the reason why Macy's, Sears, and J.C. Penney are shutting stores.
January 2, 2016 |
Thomas Dempster, 81, of Burlington City, who retired in the mid-1990s as a home delivery manager after 25 years at the Philadelphia Daily News, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. "He was a very positive, outgoing individual," said a son, William, co-owner with his wife, Audrey, of Dempster's Sports Pub in Mount Holly. "His father passed at an early age," William said, "and he quit school at 16 to help support the family. " Mr. Dempster grew up in Kensington and, like others, gathered with other teens at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues, daughter Joanne Leicht said.
October 17, 2015 |
Like a lot of of boys, Agu is good at playing war. He's got the helmet, he's got the combat boots. Unlike most kids, though, the weapon he's lugging around in Cary Joji Fukunaga's brutal and beautiful Beasts of No Nation happens to be real. Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala's 2005 novel about child soldiers in Africa, the film - the first feature to be acquired by Netflix, and launched Friday on the streaming platform that brought us House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in tandem with Oscar-qualifying runs in select theaters - takes a hard look at the carnage and chaos that has riven the continent.
March 9, 2015 |
If Philadelphia were a basketball court, Market Street East would be that inexplicable dead spot on the floor, the place where the ball just doesn't bounce. The eight-block corridor has four Dunkin' Donuts stores and two Subway sandwich shops - but no outdoor cafe. A McDonald's sits in what used to be a porn emporium. The midstreet shopping selection on what should be a glittery avenue ranges from drugstore to cut-rate clothing to cash for gold. Addicts come and go from a methadone clinic.