Is FoodSource in Bryn Mawr Closing Late October 2011?

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File under comings and goings: residents affected by the ACME's closure and rebuilding efforts are telling me today that they have been told by FoodSource in Bryn Mawr employees that the store is closing either October 16th or the 22nd?

Their website www.afoodsource.com seems to be down and I called over to the grocery store and someone got so upset they put me on hold and then someone else answered when I called back and said they were surprised it got out.

They shouldn't be surprised, as they are the only grocery store between Wayne and Ardmore/Wynnewood - not that they are full service per se they are more specialty. Yes there is a Superfresh in Gladwyne, but that changed it's formula to a lot of prepared foods, so as someone who cooks I don't go there much.

I hope Patch and Main Line Times and Delco Times will follow up and I hope these employees have other stores they can go to. FoodSource is located on Lancaster Ave in Bryn Mawr and is actually in Haverford Township.

Anyway, that is all I know and this store has been rumored to have been closing off and on for a couple years now, only it seems for real.

It seems big box stores and the economy might be killing grocery stores too? Something that seems pretty basic and useful.

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thanks citizen journalist Carla. I am impressed with this scoop. Nice work with the follow up phone call.

"Price Matters" and that may be the main reason. Food price increases are becoming palpable.

Even though it seems few are willing to talk about the recession because, in Lower Merion, reduction in income is a reduction in status, I think the recession is hitting which is why the LM government's profligacy is so infuriating. They either don't know, don't care or so narcissistic to think they have the answers. I need not mention the Conflicted Comm. McElhaney and his team's grab of taxpayer money.

 

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Thanks Bob - I felt bad calling and asking, but apparently Main Line Times has also done a check that and gives this website props for getting it first which is very cool and a great way for traditional media and blogs to work together!

 

Stay tuned to see what happens - Main Line Times says:

 

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Good points, Bob.

I have frequented Food Source over the years, and when the economy was strong the parking lot was full of luxury automobiles.

This tells me the most affluent in Lower Merion are foregoing an excellent, high-end boutique grocery store with cachet for regular grocery stores.

Not a good sign that Food source is closing.

Not helpful going forward that the Dow is down about 400 points today and the expectation is that Europe will tumble.

Remember, the U.S. recovered for two years after the crash of 1929, and it was Europe defaulting that brought on the Great Depression.

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Bryn Mawr Patch has picked up the story about Food Source closing....

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Nice work, Carla. You scooped the professionals. As usual, the consummate professional, Cheryl Allison, notes Save Ardmore's Carla Zambelli's scoop. Patch did not cedit  Carla but had a good story as of 3:30 pm. today. I would think Tom Sunnergren saw both SAC and MainLine News and followed up nicely.

Read Save Ardmore Coalition to be ahead of the curve.

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So, according to the Patch article, the spokesman for Giant says no problem, there's a bigger and better Giant within a five mile radius.  Where would that be, I'd like to know? 

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That's what makes no sense and tells me this is for economic reasons.

I put Giant and Acme basically on par, though they are different. Even if there were a Giant next door like Acme, it would not take business away from high-end FoodSource unless the high-end customers are drying up.

There's a Giant up off the Blue Route just below Plymouth Meeting.

No local upscale customers are going to drive all the way up there to go shopping at a Giant in a shopping center with Target and Best Buy as opposed to FoodSource.

They are probably hitting Whole Foods and Genuardi's in Wynnewood or Super fresh in Gladwyne as opposed to FoodSource.

I drive by the FoodSource quite a bit and the lot has not been as full as it used to be.

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This  must have something to do with the Acme next door expanding..?

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Doubt it.

I think FoodSource would have gone under regardless.

There was one down on Route 1 past Media that did not last long.

If ever one was going to make it, it was this one.

 

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Bob,

 

Thanks for the compliment, but I can't take the credit.  Another "consummate professional," our photographer/online editor Pete Bannan posted this item and gave credit where credit was definitely due -- to Carla. 

Also, to Hugh,

There is are Giant supermarkets in Springfield and Broomall, but again not in the likely driving area for Bryn Mawr.  A Giant store is slated for the new development at the Llanerch Quarry in Havertown, so that may be within the 5-mile radius.  There is talk -- just talk so far with no confirmation -- that a Giant may be coming to a shopping center much closer.  I'm keeping my eye on it.

 

 

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Thanks for this information. Accuracy counts and to the professional, facts are more important than ego. Readers can count on you for accurate information, Cheryl.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2011/09/22/giant-food-stores-closing-two.html

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Wegmans is opening in K of P in 2012 .... that is an AWESOME place to shop !  Giant might be purchasing Genuardis from Safeway ..... that might help them crawl up a bit.  When Genuardis was Genuardis it was great .... once Safeway got involved it took a nose dive.  I think I spend half my life food shopping (how sad is that?) and hate every moment because the food stores are so awful around here.  Food Source was nice but they didn't have everything ... Trader's Joes is ok but, again, they don't have everything ... Genuardis has everything BUT most of their employees are too busy talking to each other to help customers ... you have to double check everything because they have stuff on the shelves with expired dates and several times this summer I had to return things because they were moldy when opened (I think stuff got left outside too long during the really hot days!). 

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The Inquirer picked this up late last week too  - Susan I thought it was just my bad luck buying expired things at Genuardis.  I have found helpful employees when I have been able to find them, but yep the expired food I know of first hand - and I got a hard time once when I took stuff back.  Also Genuardis - I have a friend who orders from them online once in a while when they run out of time - they did so recently. Everything was confirmed, they got the call saying they were on for wehatever delivery and could they substitute an item but...then....  The food just never arrived.  They charged their bank account but the food? Just never got delivered.  They are still wating for an explanation and the refund took a while.

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