First Save-A-Lot Store Opens in Germantown

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor The Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia has welcomed another retailer that occupies 17,500 square feet of space at 5834 Pulaski Ave. Save-A-Lot opened its first store in this area on December 9, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. [...]

The Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia has welcomed another retailer that occupies 17,500 square feet of space at 5834 Pulaski Ave. Save-A-Lot opened its first store in this area on December 9, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. According to the Progressive Grocer, the store is operated by Save Philly Stores, a local company that franchised the retailer in the greater Philadelphia area. The inaugural ceremony coincided with the grand opening of The Plaza at Chelten, a property that used to house a Fresh Grocer store until recently.

The new Save-A-Lot store will be the first to open in the $14 million development at Germantown’s controversial Chelten Plaza—a Pulaski Partners project that has been intensely criticized for its zoning problems. Other retailers and businesses such as Wired Beans Coffee Shop, Anna’s Linens, Deal$/Dollar Tree and CitiBank are scheduled to open over the next few months.

Also in this week’s retail news, Citybizlist reports that Colliers International has announced three transactions in Allentown. The first one is a 33,844-square-feet retail lease signed by Checkers Drive-In restaurants, In. with Bethlehem-based Posh Properties; the property is located at S. 4th Street and W. Emmaus Avenue. A smaller transaction was closed by Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, which will occupy 15,000 square feet of space in the former Circuit City building located at 1053 Grape Street. According to Citybizlist, Colliers remains the leasing agent for the remainder of the building. The last reported transaction is the sale of a 9,100-square-foot building. Reportedly, Providence Properties, LLC, paid $565,000 for the property.

Photo courtesy of Pulaski Partners website