Five Guys Burgers and Fries is scheduled to open in the Airport Center shopping plaza on June 1, 2009. The first retailer to open in the new Airport Center shopping plaza was the Christmas Tree Shops.

Five Guy’s has been ZAGAT survey rated every year since 2001 and has been voted the Washingtonian Magazine’s “Readers’ Choice” #1 Burger every year since 1999! Since expanding outside of the Washington DC metro area, Five Guys has continued to garner awards and praise in nearly every market we enter.

Albert Boscov regaining control of the department store chain last December 2008 didn’t like what he saw. The 79-year-old is known to be ”hands on” for routinely checking on his stores, chatting with customers and employees and adjusting advertising signs. He said he wants to change Boscov’s shopping and working culture. ”I want it to be fun again to work here,” said Boscov, whose father started the Reading area company in 1911. ”That means having festivals again and things like that.”

In 2006, the company purchased the Strawbridge’s store at the Lehigh Valley Mall and prided itself on bucking the national trend of department store consolidation. Boscov’s was undergoing an aggressive expansion that stretched the chain to 9,500 employees and 49 stores, with a plan to add five more stores each year.

Analysts have said Boscov’s, a mid-level retailer, is struggling with other retailers to find their place as the market gets fragmented and they compete with big discount box stores such as Wal-Mart. Competing retailers such as Macy’s and The Bon-Ton, which have stores in the Lehigh Valley, have reported decreased sales in recent months, including a lackluster holiday shopping season that was led by uncharacteristic price reductions to stimulate sales. Time will tell if Mr. Boscov can revive the store chain. Good luck to this Lehigh Valley retail pioneer. Hope they do not meet the same end as Hess Brothers the best known of the valley retail pioneer giants.

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If you are going to board a Trans Bridge bus and travel into the city for the day or perhaps you want to spend a long weekend in the “Big Apple”, here are a few suggestions of things to do. Enjoy the indomitable spirit and energy of the city that is like no other in the world and is just a short drive away.

On Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile you can visit the stately Metropolitan or the Frank Lloyd Wright’s unmistakable Guggenhiem. There are some smaller jewels also such as the American Folk Art Museum or the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. It’s very popular so get tickets in advance. The Museum of Television and Radio is great fun. Uptown you’ll find The Cloisters which has medieval art, frescoes and peaceful gardens.

Bike, blade or stroll on the Hudson River Greenway, a 11 mile path along the West Side from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge (parks) or visit the Union Square Greenmarket where local farmers sell their wares Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Walk to the secluded Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th. Street and admire the abundant plantings. If you are interested in songbirds, warblers and waterfowl go to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on the border of Queens and Brooklyn.

Soho is a bit pricey as shopping districts go but the Flatiron District from 14th Street to 23rd Street, Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue is gaining favor with a mix of local favorites and national chains such as Old Navy. Head downtown for bargains on designer clothes, shoes and bedding. If you desire a taste of old New York hit the Lower East Side for hundreds of discount apparel and home decorating shops. In Chinatown you’ll find Pearl River Mart with its paper lanterns, soup bowls, brocade jackets and much more.

You might want to begin by consulting for reviews of hundreds of eateries in all of the five boroughs.You can also check for some fine selections. When you are in midtown Manhattan around Times Square be sure to stroll over to Restaurant Row around 46th. Street where you’ll fine a great selection of eateries.

You can get cheap tickets at TKTS in Times Square or Bowling Green Plaza. Remember that on Wednesday and Saturday there are matinee performances of Broadway shows.