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July 8, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's July, when farm produce "is harvested in the fields, shrink-wrapped onto a pallet, and then it shows up in the warehouse at temperatures hot enough to cook," complains Haile Johnston , who ships Vineland eggplant, Swedesboro peaches, Hammonton blueberries, Kennett Square mushrooms, and other area farm, dairy, and bean-based products to specialty stores, cafeterias, and 1,600 members of sustainable- food distributor Delaware Valley Farm...
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
IN ADVANCE of what one lawmaker expects to be a "blistering" grand-jury report on the deaths of two Philadelphia firefighters, City Councilman Denny O'Brien will introduce a bill today that takes inspecting vacant warehouses a step further. In the early morning of April 9, 2012, a five-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned six-story hosiery warehouse in Kensington. The fire, which engulfed more than half a city block, killed Lt. Robert Neary, 60, and Daniel Sweeney, 25, both of the Fire Department's Ladder 10 station.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Liberty Property Trust , the commercial landlord that built Philadelphia's tallest buildings, has been dumping aging suburban offices and building and buying warehouses. The Malvern company announced last month it was selling 6.6 million square feet of mostly office space, in suburbs like Mount Laurel, Fort Washington, and elsewhere, to Greenfield Real Estate L.L.C. of Connecticut for $705 million. Greenfield is one of many private firms buying up aging office parks. This year, Liberty sold PNC's operations center to Nicholas Schorsch's American Realty Capital Partners for $75 million.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL Costco Wholesale has set its sights on a parcel of prime South Jersey real estate to expand the megastore chain's presence in the region. The Issaquah, Wash., retailer has put down a marker to build a 157,845-square-foot warehouse in Garden State Park, site of the former horse racetrack. In addition to a warehouse, a proposed site plan recently filed with the township calls for retail space, a restaurant, and a bank on the vacant 18-acre site. "We're excited about Costco," Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn said.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
BY THE NUMBERS 675k muffins sold each year. 24k cubic square feet of BK's new freezer. 800k miles driven each year by BK trucks. 7,000 different types of products in the BK warehouse from more than 40 countries.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On weekdays, Peter Singley, 28, of Pine Hill, works in the Herr Foods warehouse in Egg Harbor, N.J., doing usual warehouse functions - controlling inventory, unloading trucks. And he gets paid the usual way, by the hour. On weekends, though, it is different - and possibly illegal - motivated, Singley said in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Camden on Tuesday, by Herr's desire to avoid triggering health-care coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Singley said Herr Foods Inc., the Chester County snack-food manufacturer, had him working more than 50 hours a week, but jiggered his duties and pay to make it look as if he were working less than 30 hours.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stunner of a shopping center that opened with a ShopRite a few months ago in a vast industrial pocket of North Philadelphia came about, you could say, through the cravings of a developer's mind and stomach. One dreary day a couple of years ago, Michael Grasso was driving around Fox Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the winter rain to consider snapping up an old Tasty Baking Co. warehouse about to hit the market as the treats maker headed to new digs at the Navy Yard. Grasso, president of Metro Development Co. of Ardmore, and vice president Greg Bianchi passed forlorn hulks from the city's manufacturing glory days - some in use, some vacant - along with modest homes tucked out of sight of the maze of industrial concrete and brick.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The widow of one of two Philadelphia firefighters killed last year battling a warehouse blaze in Kensington has filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the building, contending that they persistently ignored dangerous conditions that led to the conflagration. The owners, the suit contends, knew from 2008, when they took possession of the old Thomas Buck Hosiery factory at 1817 E. York St., to the day of the multi-alarm fire that more than 60 vandals, vagrants, prostitutes, and others were living there illegally.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
As smoke continued to waft from the fire-gutted Dietz & Watson warehouse in Delanco, officials probed the cause of the multialarm blaze, and the company on Tuesday expressed confidence it would be able to get its products to its customers. "If there's any glitches at all, it will be minor and over the next couple of weeks," Dietz & Watson spokesman Steve Riley said. "The products are perishable, so we don't have months and months of supply on hand at Delanco. It's usually into Delanco and out really quickly after that.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Firefighters battled a multi-alarm fire late into Sunday night that ravaged the six-year-old Dietz & Watson warehouse on Coopertown Road in Delanco, which stores meats and cheeses from company factories in three states. The blaze remained out of control as of 9 p.m., and crews were expected to fight the fire well into the night, according to Burlington County's fire and EMS dispatch center. Flames were reported along the roof, which has solar panels mounted on it, about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the Delanco Fire Department.
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