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Old 11-04-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Sh-ittsburgh, PA & Lancaster County, PA
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They downsized a few months back, and now going to close all together;

Joseph-Beth Booksellers to close Pittsburgh store

Another blow to South Side Works.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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Not a surprise.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Sad. I liked this store (the first location - the one that was 2 floors at SSW).
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Wow this really sucks... a huge blow for SSW... They just moved... now that's two big vacant spaces in SSW
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I work down there. Those certainly won't be the only empty storefronts. Sad.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I really believe Soffer made a lot of mistakes with SSW. Had they followed a different development track (more residential before the retail overload), I think there would be a different story going on right now. They would have built up a critical mass of consumers living down there faster and maybe some of these stores could have survived. Now, I feel like they've waited too long and SSW is sort of viewed as damaged goods at this point. If I were a large new retailer picking out a location to place a store in Pittsburgh, I'd probably be skipping over SSW and positioning myself closer to East Liberty / Target / Whole Foods. You are completely surrounded by thousands of residents with disposable income. SSW is sort of isolated comparatively.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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Yeah, SSW is ending up more Waterfront than South Side, which is not the right model these days.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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The Waterfront idea is good for a quick visit, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for SSW. This really bums me out.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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The SSW eventually will be fine. But it may take redeveloping the Hazelwood LTV site to get there (and an urban gondola station wouldn't hurt!).
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The SSW eventually will be fine. But it may take redeveloping the Hazelwood LTV site to get there (and an urban gondola station wouldn't hurt!).
I definitely think that could be a game changer for them. Hopefully it happens...I'm rooting for SSW. It was an important addition to the South Side....I just would have done it slightly differently.
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