May 14, 2011
Leo Kahn, 94, who cofounded the Staples office-supplies chain and helped start the age of "big box" retail stores, died Wednesday in Boston. Mr. Kahn first made his name in the grocery business in New England. He started Staples with a former competitor, Tom Stemberg, in 1985, after they decided to go into business together and were seeking new ideas outside groceries. At the time, there were no office-supply superstores. Mr. Kahn and Stemberg were touring different types of stores each Friday afternoon and one day during a trip to warehouse clubs, they noticed an abundance of office supplies on sale.
July 1, 1997 |
A federal judge yesterday blocked the proposed $3.5 billion merger of office-supply superstores Staples and Office Depot, saying federal regulators had shown the deal could limit competition and boost prices for consumers. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan granted government trustbusters a crucial preliminary injunction. Wall Street analysts speculated that the companies would soon call off the merger after the latest blow to the 10-month-old plan. Analysts and traders said the two companies were unlikely to appeal Hogan's decision.
October 9, 2014 |
Post office clerks rallied outside a Staples office supply store in Center City on Tuesday. They were complaining that the U.S. Postal Service's plans to install in-store postal counters where lower-wage Staples employees would sell stamps and accept packages would hurt postal jobs and jeopardize the safety of the mail. The post office "is not for sale," protesters chanted at the rally organized by their union, the American Postal Workers Union. Calling for a boycott of school supplies at Staples, the workers say the Staples initiative is part of a postal management plan to privatize the Post Office.
April 28, 2014 |
WHEN STATE Rep. Brendan Boyle joined American Postal Workers Union protesters this week in front of the bulk-mail center in Northeast Philadelphia, it was the second time in two months that he fought to keep hundreds of good jobs on Byberry Road. Looking down the street, Boyle could see the old Nabisco/Kraft snack-food bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard, where he spoke out last month against current owner Mondelez International's plan to close the plant next year, terminating 320 good-paying jobs.
June 1, 1986 |
Some kitchen gifts have the power to evoke mixed emotions. Take, for instance, some friends' recent present of a big bag of assorted spices. "We just replenished our whole stock with nice fresh material," they explained, "and we thought you might be able to get some use out of these. " "These" were large jars of whole cumin seeds and ground chilies, bags of dusty-looking herbs, and fat plastic envelopes full of curry powder - a whole store cupboard of the darn things, all of decidedly uncertain utility in view of their unknowable age. On the other hand, what could be more heartening than to find out that the people whose cuisine you frequently enjoy really do care about what they cook?
December 20, 2007 |
Holiday cooking means breaking out an arsenal of ingredients that hardly see the outside of the pantry for the rest of the year. Or maybe years. Should you really use that brown sugar you bought four years ago? Is it OK that last year's allspice looks a little crusty? This year, instead of stressing, use this guide to help determine whether you can still use those holiday holdovers and everyday staples.
November 9, 2011 |
Good news for sweater-lovers: Retailers, in their rush to keep men shopping, are stocking up on the knit staples. "It's the one thing men always feel comfortable in," said Tom Longo, owner of the Metro Men's Clothing boutique in South Philadelphia. "Not to mention, sweaters are one of the few items they can wear out and to work. " Trends this cold-weather season are all about the classics meeting the eclectic. Pullover sweaters with deep V-necks and leather patches on the elbows are really in. Shawl-neck cardigans - yes, like Mr. Rogers - are also hot for guys, as is the cozy fisherman look.
January 29, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for the rasp of his, waiting to see whether their coughing, feverish little boy has survived another night. Winter's chill has settled over the Afghan capital, and with it, privation is sharpening, especially among the city's poor. Nighttime temperatures regularly fall into the teens or lower. The season's first snow is on the ground, the open sewage ditches are crusted over with ice, and in shantytowns such as the one where Shoaib's family lives, survival turns on a series of cruelly simple calculations.
February 27, 1990 |
You work at a small business, and one of your many duties is to buy the office supplies for the firm. Because your company is small, you're used to paying regular retail prices for note pads, pens, manila folders and the like. But, wow, would the boss be impressed if you could buy those same items at prices up to 77 percent below regular retail. A 12-pack of yellow legal pads, for example, that costs you $17.25 at Ginns, 17th and Chestnut streets, Center City, would cost you only $3.89 at Staples.
March 2, 1999 |
The words "expanded 24-hour Wawa" were the shock heard 'round this neighborhood last fall. Phones began ringing with the news. Supermarket chatter carried the latest developments. Opposition petitions were passed door-to-door. Letters were written. Politicians were involved. "This is a big battle," said Marisa Griffin, who lives around the corner from the proposed convenience store. Wawa Inc., which now has a small, 6 a.m.-to-midnight store in the 900 block of Montgomery Avenue in Narberth, plans to buy a gas station right across the street in Lower Merion, knock it down and erect a larger, strip-mall style store.