Talks Resurface With Crozer on Old Pathmark Site

Discussions to have Crozer-Keystone Health System to take over the former Pathmark site in Broomall have started back up again.

BROOMALL–Ever since the old Pathmark site on Lawrence Road in Broomall closed its doors to the public in October 2010, residents have been wondering what will take its place.

But wonder no more. Manager Anthony Hamaday said that the site may soon be filled.

"We think that the Pathmark is close to being sold to Crozer-Keystone Health System," said Hamaday.

The last discussion between developer Paul de Botton, of National Realty Corp., and Crozer-Keystone Health System to develop a medical center were last known to be .

"We may think that they may have broken through that and found a deal. But I haven't had official confirmation on that," said Hamaday.

In addition, according to Hamaday, if Crozer-Keystone Health were to take over the old Pathmark building they will tear down the building because "they don't believe the building is in that great of shape."

One of the main reasons for the suspension included the large space.

"Crozer found that the square footage was bigger than what they needed," previously stated former Third Ward Marple Commissioner Jim Balk in December of 2010. "I think that was the basis of breaking the deal."

According to Balk, the medical center originally had its eyes on a different location in the township but due to a 19-year-old court order, their proposal was denied.

"Originally, they wanted to have it located on Lawrence and Langford roads but they weren't allowed to by the court because there was no thoroughfare through there," explained Balk.

Balk announced at a commissioners work session meeting last November that the original price tag of the Pathmark plot was estimated around $7 million to $7.5 million, in which  the value has dropped to around $3 million in its succeeding months.

In addition, Balk had shared his desire for the township to purchase the site for a recreational facility.

In our poll, while the idea of having the site become a medical facility or hospital came in last.

Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Yes, another medical center is exactly what we need ....insert eye roll here....
Nancy Holliday July 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
It's actually an awful site for retail...It's somewhat isolated. Yes, there is easy access, and space, but it would be a "one destination" retail space, instead of a place where the shopper would access a number of different businesses, such as the Lawrence Park Center. Retail businesses need impulse shoppers, as well as regular shoppers. In the LP Center, a shopper might stop at Home Goods, decide to browse the books at Barnes & Noble, and then head to the Acme, for food shopping, their original destination. The former Pathmark site failed because it was alone on the lot, IMHO...not to mention that the building was filthy.
Jennifer July 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The Pathmark didn't fail because it was in an 'isolated lot'. Rather, it was sold because the corporation realized that many of its employees had made a career by working at Pathmark (because they were a very success store) and its longtime employee's pensions were much higher than the corporation would of liked. Pathmark was always busy and packed with cars / people. And considering the building's age, the inside was very well maintained. Not to mention they always had the best prices & selection. Amce in Lawerence Park Shopping Center was thrilled when Pathmark was sold because now an already suffering store saw hope of staying afloat. Amce made this clear by letting all of its new former Pathmark shoppers know that it may not have the same prices & wide selection that Pathmark had but it would do its best to easy the transition - a promise which I felt they didn't completely uphold. I still have to drive to several stores, in several townships just to get the same items that I was able to get in a one-stop-shop at Pathmark. Instead of having another medical center, I think the lot would be better suited for a Super Wawa Gas Station or a specialty health food store, like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Stores which are very capable of succeeding on there own in an 'isolate lot'. It would be nice to add some variety to the area rather then the same old. I hate having to drive several townships over just to get cheap gas or specialty health food.
Fran July 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
agree with jennifer
Lynn July 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I heard that Dave & Buster's were interested.
John R. Strayer August 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Simple solution for this property is a HOTEL. What Delaware county lacks is a hotel space for out of town guests, local weddings, business conferences, etc. Placing a hotel on this property would generate a tremendous amount of tax revenue.
Rick Elton April 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM


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