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Some Gap stores reopen in Philadelphia as hundreds more prepare to go live soon

Gap Inc. and its sister stores said it plans to open around 800 of its stores across the U.S. by the end of the month.

A DIY project while trapped at home seems like a good idea — until it goes wrong

Stuck inside during the quarantine, some people have taken to fixing up their homes. Often projects take a lot longer than expected and involve multiple trips to the home improvement store.

Buyers and renters are moving into homes without seeing them first

Live or recorded video, immersive 3-D tours, and large, high-resolution photos can attract a raft of interest in a home during the pandemic, while open houses have been prohibited, and few want to show or visit a property in-person, real estate agents said.

Boscov’s reopens 2 stores in upstate Pa. and finds ‘pent-up demand’ as retailers from Macy’s to Gap plan reopenings

Boscov’s is among a growing number of chain retailers that announced plans to reopen stores. Macy's, Gap, Ulta and Nordstrom all are planning to reopen.

Equus buys office complex from ADP Inc. to build 300 luxury apartments

Equus Capital Partners paid nearly $6 million for 1125 Virginia Drive, a 60,000 square-foot office building in Fort Washington, with plans to transform it into a 300-unit apartment complex.

A yard and an extra bathroom: Dreams for small housing dwellers ⁠— at least until the pandemic passes

With stay-at-home orders in place, people in small apartments can feel the effects of cabin fever faster and more acutely, making practical changes, such as decluttering, more important.

Mired in the pandemic, construction pros consider the future of their business

As the region continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, professionals in Philadelphia's construction and design industry considered Thursday how the city would move forward with zoning, permitting, and citizen participation.

Reading Terminal Market’s new general manager gets to start during the COVID-19 pandemic

Conor Murphy, who starts on May 6, hails from Ireland and has an entrepreneurial history.

Pennsylvania American Water grows by acquiring another public plant in Montgomery County

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, has agreed to buy the wastewater system in Upper Pottsgrove, Montgomery County, for $13.75M.

Stressed by pandemic, 43% of Americans turn to ‘comfort buying,’ survey finds

A Wallethub survey released Tuesday showed 58 million Americans have indulged in "comfort buying" during the coronavirus outbreak to appease boredom. The most popular items people were buying were entertainment and booze.