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May 1, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suburban Square in Ardmore will lose its Macy's store in January, as part of the retailer's strategy to close stores nationwide in order to cater to the growing number of online shoppers, experts said. The Ardmore center and the location of the Macy's have historical significance. Suburban Square opened in 1928 as one of the first shopping centers in the United States, and likewise had one of the first department-store anchors when Strawbridge & Clothier opened there two years later.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Built in 1928 as one of the nation's first shopping centers, Suburban Square desperately needs more parking to thrive, its owners say. That's why they have proposed building a four-level parking garage on the property. The plan, which also would rejigger other parking and add retail space, was presented Monday night to the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission. It was the first step in a lengthy public process for the shopping center, whose courtyard and outdoor access to shops makes it a "retail lifestyle center.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Kimco Realty Corp., the landlord for Suburban Square, on Wednesday disclosed its first spring arrival for the Ardmore center: Delsette, which sells women's clothing and accessories, will take over the old Denim Habit space. Kimco also said it hopes to announce new smaller retailers for the Ardmore center and update plans for the vacant Macy's space in a few weeks. Macy's, which shut its 99,000-square-feet space at Suburban Square officially on March 20, had been by far the center's largest tenant since 2006, when it replaced Strawbridge & Clothier.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
The "liquidation sale" at the Macy's store at Suburban Square in Ardmore begins Monday, with steep discounts on most items. The store is one of 40 the company is closing nationwide. The closures were officially announced Wednesday as part of the company's strategy to cut costs and shed expensive real estate in underperforming locations. Although no date has been set for the Ardmore store's final day, the company said it wants this batch of stores closed by March 31. "The process of closing a store usually takes anywhere from eight to 12 weeks," Macy's spokeswoman Elina Kazan said.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
A Lower Merion Township man was the victim of an assault and robbery Sunday as he walked on Montgomery Avenue in Ardmore, near Llanfair Rd., at about 5 p.m. Police said today that three men followed the unidentified 30-year-old victim on foot, knocked him to the ground, and beat him. He was treated at Lankenau Medical Center for minor injuries and released. The assailants fled with the victim's wallet and cell phone. Lower Merion Township Police have assigned extra patrols to the area, which is near the Suburban Square outdoor shopping mall in Ardmore.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Change is in the air at Suburban Square, dubbed by some as the "downtown of the lower Main Line. " With the intended departure of anchor Macy's in early 2016, a handful of retailers have either signed long-term leases or short-term ones, known as "pop ups," to test the well-heeled market over the holiday shopping season. Pam Ahrens of Ardmore sampled Ellelauri - a women's contemporary clothing store and one of three pop-up shops - for the first time Tuesday. Inside, she bought a pair of $198 7 for All Mankind jeans and a silk blouse caught her eye. "I like the things in there," said Ahrens, an executive for a furniture company.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Lower Merion police are searching for a 25-year-old Philadelphia man in connection with an assault and robbery in Ardmore. An arrest warrant has been issued for Shireese Braxton, whose last known address is the 400 block of Moore Street. Authorities believe he is one of three men involved in the incident. Lower Merion police on Thursday gave more details about the attack, which occurred at 5 p.m. Jan. 6 near Suburban Square. The victim was an employee of the Apple Store in Suburban Square and was walking to his apartment building on Montgomery Avenue when a man asked him about a bus, police said.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Kimco Realty, the landlord of Suburban Square, was expected to make an announcement by summer on new tenants taking over the 100,000-square-foot former Macy's space at iconic Suburban Square. But as of this week - almost midway through summer - there was still nothing to report. In many ways, the Main Line shopping center represents the plight of middle-tier malls that have lost key anchors and are struggling for replacements in the age of internet shopping and old-school competition from behemoth, trophy malls such as nearby King of Prussia.
NEWS
January 3, 1993 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For the last two years, Suburban Square has appeared to be in disarray, with empty storefronts, almost constant construction, and bankruptcy signs scattered among its shops. "The perception has been we couldn't keep a tenant," said Kris A. Artus, director of marketing. The vacancies, however, were just part of a turnover phase for the Ardmore center, she said. At this point, she said, the center is 100 percent leased, and every store but one is open for business. The one shop still under construction is expected to be open by March 1. For the most part, Artus said, the changes were anticipated, part of a 10- year cycle typical of many shopping centers.
NEWS
May 20, 1996 | By Anne Barnard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The managers of Suburban Square said they wanted to hear what neighbors had to say about their plans to add a multi-screen cinema and a four-story parking garage to one of the nation's oldest shopping centers. They heard plenty. A chorus of groans went up when general manager Jack Fazio said the theater could have "in the neighborhood of eight to 10 to 12 screens. " He heard fears about increased parking, traffic and nighttime visitors from out of town. One woman vowed, "If any of our children get hurt . . . because of your greed, I will take you to court.
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August 13, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Macy's announced it is closing 100 more stores by early 2017, as the department store giant shifts its attention and resources to an e-commerce and digital strategy. The closures follow the 38 Macy's closing from this past spring, including the 90,000-square-foot store at the Suburban Square shopping center in Ardmore. Macy's has not said which stores will be closed, or precisely when. But analysts predict it will be at the end of the year in time for the holidays, and for year-end store-closing clearance sales.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Kimco Realty, the landlord of Suburban Square, was expected to make an announcement by summer on new tenants taking over the 100,000-square-foot former Macy's space at iconic Suburban Square. But as of this week - almost midway through summer - there was still nothing to report. In many ways, the Main Line shopping center represents the plight of middle-tier malls that have lost key anchors and are struggling for replacements in the age of internet shopping and old-school competition from behemoth, trophy malls such as nearby King of Prussia.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
There was only one King of Pop. So Joe Purifico wants to be the Pop-Up King. Purifico is president and general counsel at JBC & Associates, whose mission is to help smaller retailers expand, "utilizing the kiosk, cart, and pop-up store environment" to test a new city and product. "We take entrepreneur retailers wanting to start a company from scratch, run the operation for them, from sign layout to filling the shelves," said Purifico, who works in Glen Mills. "Second, we take retailers with a small footprint that malls like and help them grow regionally and nationally.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The Playground, developer Bart Blatstein's mall-entertainment complex on the Boardwalk, is testing pop-up leases to attract new retailers as the moribund mall gears up for the summer. Up to a dozen storefronts are now available for the short-term, innovative pop-ups, Blatstein said Friday, and are intended to give smaller retailers a chance to "take their shot" at space they normally could not afford. It's also a page from Blatstein's playbook at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Kimco Realty Corp., the landlord for Suburban Square, on Wednesday disclosed its first spring arrival for the Ardmore center: Delsette, which sells women's clothing and accessories, will take over the old Denim Habit space. Kimco also said it hopes to announce new smaller retailers for the Ardmore center and update plans for the vacant Macy's space in a few weeks. Macy's, which shut its 99,000-square-feet space at Suburban Square officially on March 20, had been by far the center's largest tenant since 2006, when it replaced Strawbridge & Clothier.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
The "liquidation sale" at the Macy's store at Suburban Square in Ardmore begins Monday, with steep discounts on most items. The store is one of 40 the company is closing nationwide. The closures were officially announced Wednesday as part of the company's strategy to cut costs and shed expensive real estate in underperforming locations. Although no date has been set for the Ardmore store's final day, the company said it wants this batch of stores closed by March 31. "The process of closing a store usually takes anywhere from eight to 12 weeks," Macy's spokeswoman Elina Kazan said.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Change is in the air at Suburban Square, dubbed by some as the "downtown of the lower Main Line. " With the intended departure of anchor Macy's in early 2016, a handful of retailers have either signed long-term leases or short-term ones, known as "pop ups," to test the well-heeled market over the holiday shopping season. Pam Ahrens of Ardmore sampled Ellelauri - a women's contemporary clothing store and one of three pop-up shops - for the first time Tuesday. Inside, she bought a pair of $198 7 for All Mankind jeans and a silk blouse caught her eye. "I like the things in there," said Ahrens, an executive for a furniture company.
FOOD
November 6, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
A little smooch for Ardmore Besito (105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-417-6825) - translated as "little kiss" - replaces Suburban Square's long-running Plate, and the space has been transformed entirely. On the regional Mexican food chain, Besito's prices and date-night atmosphere make it comparable to Distrito. There's a private dining room, a full bar stocked with beer, sangria, and cocktails (and about 70 tequilas), plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace, tableside guacamole, and entrees from $17 to $29. It's open for dinner daily; lunch begins Nov. 23. Opa owners on Jewelers Row Brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who pay tribute to their Greek heritage with Opa and its Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.)
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Arthur B. Hattler, 87, of Wynnewood, a retired periodontist and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine, died Saturday, Oct. 17, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. When Dr. Hattler hung out his shingle in 1957, the field of periodontal services was virtually unknown. Patients just took it for granted that gum problems would lead to extractions. "They soon learned that teeth thought to be hopeless could be saved with the care that Dr. Hattler provided," his family said in a statement.
FOOD
May 22, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Il Cantuccio , which has held the corner of Third Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties since 1999, is out of business. The BYOB was the second restaurant owned by the cantankerous but lovable chef Giuseppe Rosselli of La Locanda del Ghiottone. Rosselli died suddenly in 2000 of a heart attack, and his widow ran it until February 2014, when she sold it. Yet another White Dog University City-bred White Dog Cafe , which branched out to Wayne in 2010, now has a third location, in Haverford Square (379 Lancaster Ave., 610-896-4556)
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