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Store closing presents big (& tall) opportunity for Broad Street

Torre Big and Tall, the men’s store next to the upcoming apartment building that’s replacing the former Broad Street Armory, is closing up shop after more than 30 years on the 1200 block of South Broad Street.

A Streetview screen grab from 2011, when the armory was still around

A Streetview screen grab from 2011, when the armory was still around

Owner Mark Rosenfeld told the Inquirer that he wanted to focus on his family after losing his wife of 32 years. He plans to put the building up for rent or sale when the shop closes sometime this spring.

It’s never good to see a longtime business go under, but this does present a big opportunity for Broad Street, with the development next door of a 50-unit apartment building.

Where the armory used to be

Where the armory used to be. Torre shares that wall to the left.

The replacement. This rendering is a bit out of date, but you get the idea.

The replacement. This rendering is a bit out of date, but you get the idea.

So, should the developer of this new building try to snap up the Torre building and work it into his plan?

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9 Responses to Store closing presents big (& tall) opportunity for Broad Street

  1. leigh March 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    What’s the square footage of the current building?

    • Albert Stumm March 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

      I’m not sure, but I know that the lot it sits in is about 10,000. I think I know what you’re thinking, and that would be a great idea.

      • joseph r Di Dio March 31, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

        Glad to see it go. The facade is a horror and the inside is a dump

  2. Joe March 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    South philly coop is what I’m thinking

  3. Ashley March 31, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    I had the pleasure of knowing Mark while working at the Daily News. While I am sad to see this iconic store go, I wish him and his family all the happiness. Mark is a tremendous business man, incredibly caring and passionate and will be missed in the neighborhood.

  4. mememe March 31, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    This is some good thinking, people. Let’s make the damn thang happen!!

  5. Leighton April 1, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    The neighborhood needs a good high end, clean supermarket.

    • AnthonyG April 1, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      O_M_G @Leighton – are saying Wegman’s is going in!!

      • meme April 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

        Wegmans is definitely going in, the signature is on the contract. Washington ave and Broad

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