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Old 12-21-2022, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Boba King just opened at the corner of 13th and Chestnut, across from the old Wawa where a little grocery store used to be. It actually looks like a pretty nice place and my girlfriend loves boba lol
What is with all the bubble tea places in town. There must be like a... "Bubble Tea Store Fund" that allows for funding to establish and operate these stores. There's one in Old City by me that I have never seen anyone but the staff in there. I don't know how they stay open.
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Old 12-21-2022, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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What is with all the bubble tea places in town. There must be like a... "Bubble Tea Store Fund" that allows for funding to establish and operate these stores. There's one in Old City by me that I have never seen anyone but the staff in there. I don't know how they stay open.
No idea but I prefer them to smoke shops. I'm pretty sure I saw a new one opening on Walnut around the corner too.
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Old 01-02-2023, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I have no idea if Bloomingdales is still planning on expanding within Center City.

But at one time they were dead set on opening a full line store in Center City Pre Covid, but could not locate a suitable location in a proper radius of the higher end retail area within Center City (Rittenhouse) with adequate sq footage.

I believe they entertained the "Fashion District" briefly, but that was prior to the shift to turn it into a low/mid level outlet center.

The Macys (parent company) located in Center City is one of their highest volume stores on the East Coast. And I believe the Bloomingdales Outlet on Chestnut does quite well, bc it is always buzzing with people shopping and seems to do quite well.

With that, the vacancy of Barnes and Noble on Walnut across from the square seems like it would make an attractive opportunity for the retailer to open a new full line store.

It seems to be just a little smaller than their SoHo location. The SoHo location does have a large underground/basement space with menswear. Im not sure if that layout is workable at the vacant Barnes and Noble to add additional sq. footage for a full line store.

I think it could work though. That Barnes and Noble is 3 floors and must be approx 50,000 sq ft. Which is a decent size for a smaller version of Bloomingdales. (Approx the same size as the Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut).
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Old 01-02-2023, 03:34 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I have no idea if Bloomingdales is still planning on expanding within Center City.

But at one time they were dead set on opening a full line store in Center City Pre Covid, but could not locate a suitable location in a proper radius of the higher end retail area within Center City (Rittenhouse) with adequate sq footage.

I believe they entertained the "Fashion District" briefly, but that was prior to the shift to turn it into a low/mid level outlet center.

The Macys (parent company) located in Center City is one of their highest volume stores on the East Coast. And I believe the Bloomingdales Outlet on Chestnut does quite well, bc it is always buzzing with people shopping and seems to do quite well.

With that, the vacancy of Barnes and Noble on Walnut across from the square seems like it would make an attractive opportunity for the retailer to open a new full line store.

It seems to be just a little smaller than their SoHo location. The SoHo location does have a large underground/basement space with menswear. Im not sure if that layout is workable at the vacant Barnes and Noble to add additional sq. footage for a full line store.

I think it could work though. That Barnes and Noble is 3 floors and must be approx 50,000 sq ft. Which is a decent size for a smaller version of Bloomingdales. (Approx the same size as the Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut).
I doubt Bloomingdale's will open in Center City. There aren't any good spots and department stores aren't expanding like they used to. Market East (I'm sorry to say) is a disaster at the moment, no hope for that corridor until the Sixers plan starts or mass demo and redevelopment of the South side of Market from 8th - 11th (less the Immigration Building).

I could see a Saks Off 5th taking the Barnes & Noble space, a good fit for that corner.
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Old 01-03-2023, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Didn't someone mention a rumor of a Starbucks Reserve taking over the Barnes and Noble space? I am not starting this rumor I definitely saw it somewhere from another poster.
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Old 01-03-2023, 08:29 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Didn't someone mention a rumor of a Starbucks Reserve taking over the Barnes and Noble space? I am not starting this rumor I definitely saw it somewhere from another poster.
That was me. A just a rumor, but would be cool and generate a lot of foot traffic.
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Old 01-03-2023, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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That was me. A just a rumor, but would be cool and generate a lot of foot traffic.
It would be very cool. I don't know much about this topic but it seems like the space would require pretty significant renovations if it were to be anything besides a department store though.
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Old 01-04-2023, 01:00 PM
 
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The Market East Marshall's is set to close on January 14.

The 25,000 sf space is allegedly going to be replaced by another national retailer. Anyone know who the replacement national retailer is?
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Old 01-04-2023, 01:12 PM
 
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I doubt Bloomingdale's will open in Center City. There aren't any good spots and department stores aren't expanding like they used to. Market East (I'm sorry to say) is a disaster at the moment, no hope for that corridor until the Sixers plan starts or mass demo and redevelopment of the South side of Market from 8th - 11th (less the Immigration Building).

I could see a Saks Off 5th taking the Barnes & Noble space, a good fit for that corner.
I would go for the mass demo and redevelopment of the south side of Market East in lieu of a new Sixers arena.

If there's going to be a CC arena, put it at 8th/Market (southside) where the gigantic parking crater still sits on the city's main street in an area connecting tourist/visitor heavy Old City to the rest of CC.

Read where the Sixers arena folks want the Flyers to come into this as well.

Not worth losing Chinatown for a new, unneeded arena to ''fix'' what the city can't fix, even with all of its misplaced solutions. Plus the arena will take out part of this new Fashion place that was just built..wtf?

The space at the SW corner of Chestnut/Broad is large yet still sits empty as does the NE corner where Insomnia Cookies is supposed to be relocating its corporate headquarters (no signs of work there yet though).

Hopefully, Philly can keep its unique and growing Chinatown and put this unnecessary Sixers arena somewhere else.
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Old 01-04-2023, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I would go for the mass demo and redevelopment of the south side of Market East in lieu of a new Sixers arena.

If there's going to be a CC arena, put it at 8th/Market (southside) where the gigantic parking crater still sits on the city's main street in an area connecting tourist/visitor heavy Old City to the rest of CC.

Read where the Sixers arena folks want the Flyers to come into this as well.

Not worth losing Chinatown for a new, unneeded arena to ''fix'' what the city can't fix, even with all of its misplaced solutions. Plus the arena will take out part of this new Fashion place that was just built..wtf?

The space at the SW corner of Chestnut/Broad is large yet still sits empty as does the NE corner where Insomnia Cookies is supposed to be relocating its corporate headquarters (no signs of work there yet though).

Hopefully, Philly can keep its unique and growing Chinatown and put this unnecessary Sixers arena somewhere else.
While I don't agree that Chinatown would necessarily be destroyed by the arena being built in the proposed location, I do agree that 8th & Market would be ideal if the space is big enough.

I wonder what's going on with the Insomnia HQ, I just walked by the other day and also noticed nothing had been done.
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