October 21, 1988 |
Joe Rooney, who has worked at the Sears store on Market Street in Millbourne since 1945, will be among the employees who will be transferred to Sears' new store on 69th Street near Walnut in Upper Darby - the former site of the old Gimbels store. Rooney, of Glenolden, started as a stock boy and now sells major appliances. The new store opens to the public tomorrow - and the old one closes forever.
May 18, 1994 |
A deal was closed yesterday with the Rubin Organization to purchase the 70- year-old Sears administration building, catalog distribution center and former store at Roosevelt Boulevard near Adams Avenue. Rubin executives have said they'll demolish most of those buildings and build a shopping center.
January 12, 1990 |
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is softening its "everyday low price" strategy and will have more special promotions to boost sluggish sales, some industry analysts said yesterday. Although the nation's largest retailer says it still is committed to a low- price policy, some analysts note that it already has changed its policy and will be reverting to traditional sales to attract customers. "In this part of the country, Sears forced themselves into a corner and wound up getting blown away again by legitimate discount stores . . . ," said John Cutrone, president of Vertical Marketing Inc., a retail consulting firm based in New York.
November 1, 1994 |
The day after a historic implosion brought down the Sears complex, the contractor sternly warned brick souvenir seekers to stay off the demolition site. The piles of debris are very unstable, said Ed Lizak chief engineer for Mercer Wrecking Recycling Corp. of Trenton. "It's like the worst earthquake that ever happens," said Lizak. "You have large voids. If someone is climbing around on the debris, you can create a brick avalanche and someone can get stuck. " Or one of the imploded columns in the debris could give way, unsettling the debris, he said.
January 24, 1989 |
As part of the restructuring of its retailing operations, Sears, Roebuck & Co. said yesterday it would close four catalogue distribution centers, including one in Philadelphia, by mid-1990. At the Philadelphia center, a neo-Gothic hunk that towers over its rowhouse neighbors at Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue, at least some of the distribution of items ordered from Sears catalogues will be replaced by distribution to retail stores, said company spokesman Guy F. Eberhart. Distribution of catalogue orders now handled in Philadelphia will be shifted to Greensboro, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
October 22, 1992 |
News that the Sears store at 22nd Street and Oregon Avenue will close in January struck a somber note yesterday in South Philadelphia. "I'm really shocked," said a resident who would only identify herself as Dol. "It's a shame. It has been there a long time. " Mike Sullivan, a longtime Sears customer, was in the store yesterday, shopping for a wide-screen television set. "We live in South Philadelphia," he said. "Why go to the suburbs when we could come here? If I lived in the suburbs, I wouldn't go to South Philadelphia and shop.
February 26, 1986 |
Philadelphia shoppers next month will be bombarded with pleas to add another slice of plastic to their wallets. Starting the week of March 17, Sears will be mailing 1 million pre-approved applications to shoppers here, pleading with them to ask for the giant retailer's new Discover credit card. Is this a good deal? At least initially, the card will be accepted at fewer than 10 retailers locally besides Sears. Sears eventually wants Discover to compete with Visa and MasterCard.
July 13, 1999 |
Eleven years ago, Sears, Roebuck & Co. left for Upper Darby, a move that cost this tiny borough one-fifth of its tax revenue. Ever since, borough officials lament, the empty Sears building has squatted on one-third of Millbourne's 39 acres, attracting rats, graffiti and vagrants. Now the property's owner, Morris Willner, has taken his first step toward changing that. Willner's company, Grandco Inc., applied last week for a permit to demolish the building, the borough's development coordinator, Joseph R. Artmont Jr., said yesterday.
May 15, 1987 |
Sears, Roebuck & Co., fighting a lackluster performance in its retail stores, yesterday said that it might open specialty outlets that don't carry the Sears name and may even compete directly with existing Sears stores. At the company's annual shareholders meeting here, chairman and chief executive officer Edward A. Brennan said the firm is considering a cross- section of specialty businesses. "We may surprise some people with some of the things we're looking at," he said. He declined to offer details.
November 15, 1986 |
QVC Network Inc. and Sears, Roebuck & Co. yesterday announced a two-year agreement that gives the fledgling home-shopping service exclusive rights to offer some Sears merchandise for sale to cable-television viewers. QVC, which is based in West Chester, is to begin broadcasting during prime- time hours Nov. 24, offering nonstop sales pitches on 26 cable systems serving five million viewers. The broadcasts are to expand to 24 hours daily in January. Under the agreement announced yesterday, Sears will offer QVC viewers new or special sale merchandise not available through regular Sears stores or catalogues, according to James L. Podany, Sears' director of marketing communication.