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Old 03-23-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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Wawa to open at Broad and Walnut Streets

Wawa coming to Broad and Walnut
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:40 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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It's for people who care about shopping, new stores, clothes and trends in fashion that might finally make it here.

Therefore news of about a possible Bloomingdales store is big a deal.

Of course folks who think fashion is pointless won't get it.
That is true. But for me retail also includes other stuff but clothing. Furniture stres, pharmacy, restaurants, ice cream parlors. I can count them as retailers as well.
But you are right, we are all excited about Bloomies!

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Old 03-23-2015, 11:47 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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My hunch is that Philly simply is not developed enough yet. If you look at most major US cities outside of NYC LA and DC there is one main super lux shopping outpost. For Philly it is King of Prussia Mall, which happens to be suburban.

The main reasons it turned into what it is today are the location and the sheer size of the complex. Being located in one of the busiest interchanges in the nation and having an average HH income of over $100k for 10sq miles is very attractive to high end designers. Honestly, outside of CC and a few other neighborhoods, Philly is very poor, and I do not think there is enough support currently to house a row of the top designer stores. KoP has such a high amount of wealth and a more sophisticated shopper hence why they can have 2 coach stores and outposts like YSL, Zegna and Hermes choose there (with talk of a Prada and Chanel in the expansion).

I do feel that if a Bloomingdales opens and is decently successful, other retailers will start to catch on.
Actually most bigger cities have more than one outposts.
Coming from Miami, luxury brands are abundance in different malls and street-level stores like Walnut.
Same can be said about Atlanta when I went to college.

The problem with Philadelphia is its proximity to NYC and Washington DC.
I am guilty. Anytime I go shopping for clients and for myself, I just walk to 30th Station and off I go to Manhattan.
And I think it was discussed some time in this thread that people in Philly are simpler. And I think the city itself as an overall has a label as a blue-collar city. Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:52 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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Thanks for answering my question, folks.

As more neighborhoods near Center City get gentrified I can see more upscale shops opening up.

I'm a bit disappointed by Chestnut and Walnut east of Broad Street - mostly cheap beauty supply/wig stores, dollar stores, greeting card shops, etc.
Well don't you know that Bed, Bath and Beyond is about to sign a lease as a ground retail in that developing Chestnut street apt behind the development of East market. complex? (Sorry I suck with street number LOL).It is not necessarily Giuseppe Zanotti or Yohii Yamamoto, but it is a huge upgrade! I for once is excited that I do not have to catch regional to Wynnwood if I want to buy cleaning and laundry supplies.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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Wawa to open at Broad and Walnut Streets

Wawa coming to Broad and Walnut
I am both disappointed and thrilled that Wawa is coming to that corner.
I am thrilled because it beats walking to Chinatown Wawa - it is closer to me. Also about damn time, somebody occupy that busy corner.
I am disappointed because I think that it can do better than Wawa. But I guess whoever can pay the rent.

Per what I read, there will be seating inside as well. I am afraid it will attract more homeless people to stay there like it already is currently on that corner.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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Thanks for answering my question, folks.

As more neighborhoods near Center City get gentrified I can see more upscale shops opening up.

I'm a bit disappointed by Chestnut and Walnut east of Broad Street - mostly cheap beauty supply/wig stores, dollar stores, greeting card shops, etc.
Huh?

All of that is changing on Chestnut St. And, Walnut? From JeffLand(9th/10th) to Broad, I didn't see any of what you are talking about this past Sunday. In fact that part is looking better than it has in long time mostly because it's starting to segue nicely into the Gayborhood/Midtown Village along 13th St. It's turning into a cohesive whole.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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Actually most bigger cities have more than one outposts.
Coming from Miami, luxury brands are abundance in different malls and street-level stores like Walnut.
Same can be said about Atlanta when I went to college.

The problem with Philadelphia is its proximity to NYC and Washington DC.
I am guilty. Anytime I go shopping for clients and for myself, I just walk to 30th Station and off I go to Manhattan.
And I think it was discussed some time in this thread that people in Philly are simpler. And I think the city itself as an overall has a label as a blue-collar city. Nothing wrong with that.
For Philly, NYC will always be the elephant in the room. Can't be helped. If Phila. was in the middle of no where, the way Chicago and Boston are, this would be a different conversation, I think.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:20 PM
 
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Well don't you know that Bed, Bath and Beyond is about to sign a lease as a ground retail in that developing Chestnut street apt behind the development of East market. complex? (Sorry I suck with street number LOL).It is not necessarily Giuseppe Zanotti or Yohii Yamamoto, but it is a huge upgrade! I for once is excited that I do not have to catch regional to Wynnwood if I want to buy cleaning and laundry supplies.
You bet it's a big upgrade since it will be the first one in CC. I won't have to go to Wynnewood anymore.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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I am both disappointed and thrilled that Wawa is coming to that corner.
I am thrilled because it beats walking to Chinatown Wawa - it is closer to me. Also about damn time, somebody occupy that busy corner.
I am disappointed because I think that it can do better than Wawa. But I guess whoever can pay the rent.

Per what I read, there will be seating inside as well. I am afraid it will attract more homeless people to stay there like it already is currently on that corner.
I have mixed emotions about it because I would have liked something else in that space. But Wawa is a huge local success story. Still owned by locals. It's been around for 50 years and still has a Mom and Pop Philly vibe to it.

Yes, it may draw homeless people, but they are drifting in and out of various CC Starbucks as it is.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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What's happening to the old Walmart (the old one from before they moved across the parking lot) at Franklin Mills?

Also, a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits is coming to Society Hill at 5th and Pine. I pray people don't start mobbing the Super Fresh just to park in the free lot and get booze.
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