August 13, 2016 |
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.
July 9, 2016 |
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.
May 2, 2016 |
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.
April 12, 2016 |
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.
April 1, 2016 |
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.
January 10, 2016 |
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.
November 19, 2015 |
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.
November 6, 2015 |
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.)
October 22, 2015 |
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.
May 22, 2015 |
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)