August 17, 2015 |
A century after it opened as a Ford assembly plant, 29 years after it was abandoned, the distinctive triangular building looms lonely at the seedy intersection of Broad and Lehigh, like the last vestige of a once-thriving forest. But while automobiles, military helmets, and men's suits were manufactured there during its 72-year working existence, the strikingly beautiful structure's lasting legacy may be as a backdrop to local sports history. Anyone who's ever seen photos of Baker Bowl, the Phillies stadium that stood just across Lehigh Avenue, has seen the factory.
July 29, 2015 |
Plans are in motion to transform a historic warehouse on the Camden waterfront into a modern office building with retail space on the ground floor, a project the developer hopes to start by the end of the year. The building at 300 N. Delaware Ave., across the street from Campbell's Field and near the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge, was built in the late 1800s as the site of the Ruby Match factory. Campbell's Soup later turned it into a food storage warehouse, but it has sat empty for years.
June 20, 2015 |
Nine years ago, New York-based investment-fund promoter CanAm Enterprises used money from overseas investors seeking U.S. visas to lend money to a hospice business in a sprawling Northeast Philadelphia office and warehouse complex. Six years later, CanAm took over the property while Home Care Hospice's operator fought Medicare-fraud charges that eventually got him a 14-year prison term. Now, CanAm, which has joined with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. on at least two dozen loans for job-creating businesses - may be closing the book on the troubled transaction.
June 13, 2015 |
The marketing materials for SoNo, a new "creative office space" being developed at Fifth and Spring Garden, depict a millennial's workday paradise. Softly colored renderings show handsome folks grabbing lunch from food trucks, dropping off bikes at a sleek storage room, and lounging around the amphitheater in a dramatic skylighted lobby. In the evenings, employees gather near a roof-deck fire pit to watch the sun set over the Center City skyline. Market Street's towers look like they're down the street.
February 18, 2015 |
Urban Outfitters , the South Philly-based group of store chains that mostly sells women's apparel, said Monday it will use the one million-square-foot, 500-worker warehouse it has been building over the last year near Gap, Lancaster County, to replace its 10-year-old "Ecommerce Fulfillment Center" in Trenton, S.C. Urban Outfitters opened the Southern distribution center and moved 200 jobs there from the Philadelphia area 10 years ago. The...
January 21, 2015
EVERYONE HAS guilty pleasures. I have three: chocolate/peanut butter ice cream, reading Christine Flowers on Fridays and shopping at the dollar store. The first guilty pleasure is fattening, the second is incendiary, the third is awesome. Awesome? Dollar store? (Did I actually use awesome? Am I 25 again?) Before I proceed: How much would you have to steal from a dollar store before it would be a crime? This is why the dollar store is a pleasure - prices lower than a rat terrier with fallen arches.
November 10, 2014 |
MIKE EROH wasn't about to let being laid up at home stop him from doing his job. Mike was the senior home-delivery manager for the Daily News and Inquirer in South Jersey and he had a phone. While recovering from hernia surgery, Mike would get on that phone and call the warehouse in Turnersville, N.J., every day to find out what was going on, what the problems were and how to fix them. Unfortunately, Mike never made it back to work. He died Thursday of a massive heart attack.
November 10, 2014 |
When the power was shut off at the Walnut Street Theatre's Port Richmond scenic and prop shop a few years ago, it could have meant trouble. But, there in the dark, producing artistic director Bernard Havard saw an opportunity. It turned out the landlord hadn't been paying the utility bills or the mortgage. So, rather than risk eviction, the Walnut bought the building - more than tripling its space from 24,000 to 85,000 square feet. "To be able to control our own destiny has always been a priority for me," Havard said.
October 31, 2014 |
JoAnn Hobbins, 69, of Blackwood, who retired in 2007 as warehouse manager for the Cherry Hill Board of Education, died Friday, Oct. 24, of brain cancer at home. A 1962 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Hobbins, known as Sis, worked first as a warehouse supervisor at the former Superior Record Co. in Runnemede, a niece, Denise Melvin, said. Her career at the Board of Education warehouse spanned 32 years, her niece said. "She was made supervisor and manager in 1984.
October 21, 2014 |
As more shoppers stay home and buy by phone, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has killed plans to keep opening new U.S. stores at the rate of more than one a day, and is instead building high-tech warehouses that ship straight to consumers, including one with help from a Pennsylvania tax break. Wal-Mart boss Carl Douglas McMillon , who took over management of the largest U.S. retail chain (and Pennsylvania's biggest private employer) earlier this year, told investors last week he will cut $850 million from his new-stores budget in 2015 - and spend $350 million more on "e-commerce" facilities, including a second giant warehouse in Bethlehem.