February 16, 2015 |
The escalators still buzz up and down in the Granite Run Mall, but passengers are rare. The water trickling out of a fountain is the loudest noise in its center lobby, echoing off the glass of empty storefronts. Just 30 of 125 stores are occupied in the once-bustling Delaware County mall. Although its business has dropped in recent years, that's not the only explanation for the vacancies: The property is headed for major change. The best way to turn around the struggling mall, according to its owners, is to demolish it. What was once a classic suburban mall will be reborn as something more classically urban.
October 22, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust has been renovating shopping malls, selling less-successful properties, and paying down its debt since the last recession. But it's not moving fast enough for one activist shareholder. Connecticut-based Jonathan Litt, whose Land & Buildings investment fund owns about $10 million of PREIT stock - a little less than 1 percent - posted an open letter Monday urging the Philadelphia-based company to sell half its malls, including a handful in this region.
December 1, 2013 |
Had it not been for the multiple bags in each woman's hands, it would have been easy to believe Judy Dunn as she and her sisters griped, during a pause inside the King of Prussia mall, that Black Friday had lost its appeal as the Day of the Deals. "They're killing Black Friday, the retailers," said Dunn, a 55-year-old elementary school principal from Broomall, wagging a cookie in her hand before taking a bite. "The sales weren't there like they used to be. " "Black Friday is not the same," interjected Marijo Gannon, 43, of Broomall.
February 25, 2012
A man in his 50s was fatally struck by a SEPTA trolley Friday night outside the Springfield Mall in Delaware County, an agency spokeswoman said. The man was struck about 8:10 p.m. by a Route 101 trolley and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said that trolley service was halted for the police investigation and that shuttle buses were taking passengers between the Woodland Avenue and Media stops. Service resumed before 10 p.m. - Robert Moran
August 12, 2011
Special Events Woof Wednesdays Doggie special Wed. in summer. Bring your dog & receive half price doggie treats. Trolley Car Cafe, 3269 S. Ferry Rd. Varies per item. Books and Brushes, Beef and Beer Fundraiser A fundraiser to raise money for local Pottstown organizations and community programs. Ballroom on High, 310 E. High St., Pottstown. $20. 8/13. 6-9 pm. Collegeville Farmers' Market Fresh produce, baked items, local wines, crafts & more. Downtown Collegeville, Main St., Collegeville.
November 26, 2010 |
IF YOU NEVER set foot in the Bazaar, it's tough to understand its place in Delaware County's collective memory, and why the question "Remember the Bazaar?" can still set off an hour-long discussion 17 years after its doors closed. The Bazaar of All Nations, as it was formally named, was a massive indoor shopping center on the border of Upper Darby and Clifton Heights, a blue-collar precursor to the modern mall. Built in 1960 on the grounds of an old mental hospital, the Bazaar was a semi-surreal maze of pegboard, wood paneling, chicken wire and miles of fluorescent lights.
November 27, 2009 |
BLACK FRIDAY, the day to rejoice in great deals or revolt against massive consumerism, has arrived. The annual post-Thanksgiving, shop-till-you-drop tradition that kicks off the holiday shopping season, and is covered by the media with a frenzy befitting a World Series game, has its feverish fans and its devoted detractors. It's a day when retailers entice shoppers with deep discounts, when malls give out free snacks and when festive events are intended to get everyone "into the spirit" of the season, retail observers say. For anti-consumer advocates, Black Friday is known as "Buy Nothing Day," a time to stay away from bustling malls and reflect, they say, on the toll that consumerism has taken on the planet.
May 2, 2009 |
Struggling retailers have delivered a blow to the Gallery at Market East in recent months, leaving empty storefronts just as casino investors eye the Center City mall as a potential home to a gambling hall. The Gallery is among several area malls owned by Ronald Rubin's company, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, that had trouble during the last quarter. They are victims of the recession, which recently sent one of the nation's largest mall owners, General Growth Properties Inc., into bankruptcy.
May 9, 2007 |
IT IS THE day after the massacre, and Steve Armor walks through the halls of Springfield Delco High School drawing a few incredulous stares from classmates and teachers as he proudly wears his maroon, form-fitting, Virginia Tech shirt, with the orange VT emblazoned on the chest. The prevailing question that comes from everyone: "You're still going there?" The nation adopted Virginia Tech last month. We all became Hokies for a few days, though, for a trio of local high school athletes, they feel like their commitment to the school has helped the healing.
July 21, 2006 |
The shuttered Strawbridge's store in the Springfield Mall, Delaware County, will be sold to Target Corp., leaving the Minneapolis company owning two store buildings less than two miles apart on Baltimore Pike. Target said it hadn't yet decided what to do with the two buildings. Federated Department Stores Inc., the seller, would not disclose further details on the sale announced yesterday. The Strawbridge's store in the mall has been closed for several months. Typically, Target does not buy mall stores, although its chain does include 99 mall locations, company spokeswoman Carolyn Brookter said.