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October 21, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tears trickled from Rashida Ali-Campbell's eyes Friday morning as she watched volunteers turn old tires and empty beer cans into a haven for the have-nots in her West Philadelphia neighborhood. "Have you ever wanted something so much?" she asked. "So many people are helping make this dream come true. This is what I have prayed for. " Tires stuffed with hundreds of pounds of dirt will form walls. Old oven doors will serve as roof shingles. When she is done with what used to be a warehouse at 675 N. 41st Street, it will be a studio with a garden adorned with fruit trees and vegetables.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mementos around her house might have raised intriguing questions about where Marion Flood Kaisla worked. There were the highball glasses with etchings of the StarKist advertising figure Charlie the Tuna. There were bottles of several varieties of Tabasco sauce brought back from the brewing vats on Avery Island, La. And strangely, bottles of experimental forms of Heinz ketchup, colored green and purple. "I thought they were disgusting," Mrs. Kaisla's daughter, Katherine A. Dewechter, said about the ketchup, "but my kids loved them.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RICHARD KNELLINGER, the furniture-store owner arrested in the aftermath of the 2012 warehouse fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters, pleaded guilty to two counts of false swearing yesterday. Knellinger, whose age in court records is given as both 37 and 42, was sentenced to two years of probation by Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart. He must report to a probation officer in the first year of his sentence but does not have to report in the second year, according to the terms of the plea deal that was negotiated with the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The only person criminally charged in the 2012 Kensington fire that killed two Philadelphia firefighters was sentenced to two years probation Monday after pleading guilty to lying to a grand jury. Richard Knellinger said nothing before he was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to one year of reporting probation and one year of non-reporting probation. The plea and sentence on two counts of false swearing in an official proceeding were part of an agreement between the District Attorney's Office and defense lawyer Robert B. Mozenter.
BUSINESS
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.
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