Long-Time City Businesses Are Migrating to the Main Line

Boyds Philadelphia at 1818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia
Image via Boyds Facebook page.
Boyds Philadelphia at 1818 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia

Several well-known Philadelphia brands with long histories in the city are moving into the Main Line suburbs, writes Sandy Smith for Philadelphia Magazine.

Boyds, DiBruno Brothers, and White Dog Café have opened in Wayne.

Fishtown-based La Colombe Coffee Roasters added Bryn Mawr to its four city coffee shops.

HipCityVeg opened a store in Ardmore in 2019.  The Fiore Rosso steakhouse debuted last summer in Bryn Mawr and Jose Garces opened a Buena Onda location in Radnor early last year with plans to open Amada nearby this year.

 “What we saw happen during COVID was the shuttering of Class B and C malls” like Granite Run, Plymouth Meeting, and Echelon, said Barbara Kahn, professor of marketing at Penn’s Wharton School. .

With e-commerce and the idea of “buy online, pick up in store” shopping, it worked better to have stores for pick up on Main Line suburban streets where people lived.

Dining followed the same pattern.

Other businesses and restaurants made the move after they found it harder to operate in a city that now had less office workers because of the switch to remote work.  

Plus, the Main Line is home to the region’s most affluent households.

Read more about these Philadelphia brands moving to the Main Line in Philadelphia Magazine.

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