Category: Retailing and Restaurants

A.C. Moore to shutter stores, as Michaels eyes space

BERLIN, N.J. – The parent company of the arts and crafts retailer A.C. Moore announced Monday, Nov. 25, that it is closing all of its stores, including two in Delaware, citing its struggles to compete. Nicole Crafts has retained Gordon Brothers, a national advisory and investment firm, to wind down its retail operations, and appointed…

Newark Shopping Center hits the market

NEWARK – The Newark Shopping Center, a downtown retail and restaurant mainstay, has been put on the market, just a few years after it underwent a dramatic transformation. Built in 1955, the 145,000-square-foot center was acquired by Atlantic Realty Company in 2012. The Virginia-based company sold off the Blue Hen Lanes bowling alley, which was…

How did NERDiT NOW do in the Shark Tank?

Markevis Gideon swam with the Sharks Sunday night, but left with only the dream of proving them wrong. Gideon and NERDiT NOW partners Jake Voorhees and Jonathan Hoxter launched into a high-energy, fast-talking explanation of their concept. They want to set up kiosks at workplaces where people would drop off their broken or damaged cellphones…

Seasonal Halloween shops learn the real estate shuffle

Dale Howe knows better than most that the business of Halloween is tricky. As the owner of The Haunted Experience in Bear — the last independent seasonal costume shop in Delaware — he’s learned to navigate a constantly changing retail landscape, in which rents rise and fall, shopping strips change major tenants, and landlords shift…

Giant Food on October 14 announced the refresh of its home delivery service brand, formerly known as Peapod by Giant. The new name is Giant Delivers and is a part of Giant Food’s “The Little Things Are Giant” platform, which seeks to make buying groceries less time-consuming for customers through a suite of technology services…

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has signed a lease for its first full-scale production brewery. The facility is expected to open in summer 2020 at The Shops on Eagleview Boulevard in Exton, Pennsylvania. The expanded brewery and restaurant will increase in-store brewing capacity and bring current canning operations in-house. It will also serve as a test…

Big Fish Restaurant Group has opened a new restaurant in the Midtown Brandywine section of Wilmington. Tobert Street Social is a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant, featuring cocktails, stone-hearth pizzas, and shareable plates. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on September 13. The establishment is located in a historic building dating back to 1887 that was once…

The Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival is returning to Wilmington on Sunday, October 13. The festival, which began in 2003, is returning to Wilmington after a four-year hiatus in the suburbs. When the festival re-located to Bellevue State Park outside of Wilmington, the city was under the administration of Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “At the time,…