Sunday, October 28, 2012
The indoor flea market closes its doors today. Take one last look for some final day bargains.
Before the brunt of Hurricane Sandy hits the area, you might want to take some time and head over to the 263 Marketplace before it closes its doors today for good. It was announced last week that the Marketplace's parent company, Waterloo Gardens, had decided to cease operations at the Warminster location. Before the vendors pack up and move out, many of them are offering close out sales to the public, such as Primitive Dwelling, which has a 25 percent discount on all of its home decor items. The store opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The indoor flea market struggled to hold onto vendors and attract customers, forcing the owners to shut its doors in two and-a-half weeks.
Managers at the 263 Marketplace surprised booth vendors Friday morning with news that the store would be closing at the end of October. Despite efforts to attract crowds with carnivals and singing competitions, the indoor flea market was unable to remain a viable business for its parent company, Waterloo Gardens. The landscaping supply and service company turned the former Pathmark into one of its satellite stores in 2007. Waterloo Gardens was hit hard by the economic bust a year later, forcing the company to cease it's retail operations at the Warminster location. Waterloo Gardens is currently in bankruptcy court. The building was turned into the 263 Marketplace soon after, housing small business vendors like Ivyland Kitchen and Chance of…
Monday, October 8, 2012
A Bensalem man is looking for volunteers to help set up and operate an elaborate haunted attraction in the 263 Marketplace for the Halloween season.
The sight of a man unloading several caskets onto a handcart and wheeling them into the 263 Marketplace could be unsettling to see, without context. A mortician has not set up shop at the indoor flea market. Instead, it's just part of Steven Reilly's preparation for the haunted village he is bringing to Warminster. So far this year, the 263 Marketplace has featured a carnival, car shows, a singing competition and a chili cook-off as special events that helped increase foot traffic and keep customers flowing in and out of the indoor flea market. With Halloween on its way, the marketplace gets to tout its very own spooky tour through a haunted attraction created by Reilly. As he strolls through the 2,000 square-feet of space that the …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Rides, games and fun will be outside the Marketplace starting today and through the weekend.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Boyle
Thursday, September 27, 2012
If you have driven down York Road in the last couple days, you may have noticed some new sights at the parking lot across the street from Archbishop Wood. Just in time before the weather gets too cold, the 263 Marketplace is inviting the public to enjoy a fall carnival this weekend. Starting tonight at 6 p.m., guests can play games, go on the rides and have some fun. The rest of the carnival's schedule is as follows: Ride prices are $1 per ticket, $20 for 25 tickets, $50 for 75 tickets and $20 for unlimited ride wrist bands on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands are valid only on the day they are purchased. Click here for a coupon for $5 off the wristband.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Despite recent warning signs, the owners of the indoor flea market plan to keep growing the business and attracting new vendors.
With the parent company in bankruptcy court, the loss of several vendors to neighboring Hatboro and a for sale sign planted in front of the parking lot, it would be reasonable to think the 263 Marketplace is in danger of closing. That thinking is just plain wrong, says Jerry Monagle, chief financial officer of Waterloo Gardens, which owns the building situated on York Road, across from Archbishop Wood. "We are committed to grow the business as long as we can," said Monagle. Originally a Pathmark Supermarket, Waterloo Gardens purchased the property in 2007 for $9 million as part of a plan to aggressively expand the landscaping supply and service company beyond its stores in Devon and Exton, according to a recent article on Philly.com. The …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Warminster’s loss is Hatboro’s gain as merchants flee the indoor retail village for their own stores.
They sell jewelry, vintage albums, collectibles and electronic cigarettes and offer communication and computer services. Their businesses, on the surface, appear varied and seem to have little in common. But, on closer review, seven Hatboro businesses have all shared the same roof. That is, all have gotten their starts, or spent time growing their ventures, at the 263 Marketplace in Warminster. Looking to expand, they separately, yet collectively, moved from the nearly 2-year-old weekend-only indoor shopping center to Hatboro’s downtown shopping district along York Road. In all, the influx of merchants trading booths for brick and mortar storefronts in the last year represents about 10 percent of the borough’s new businesses, according to…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Warminster Children's Theater presents the classic tale Friday and Saturday.
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA Where/when: The WREC Center, 1101 Little Lane, Warminster, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., curtain rises at 7 p.m. Why go: In this classic fairy tale performed by the Warminster Childrens Theater teens, Prince Peter searches for his “true princess” so that the Kingdom may remain free. To pass the test, a “true” Princess will feel a pea through a bed piled high with mattresses. While following Peter in his search, you'll encounter a wicked witch, some persnickety princesses and a jolly jester just to add to the fun. Come enjoy this delightful family show that uses humor to light up the stage. Cost: $5/adults, $3 children ages 3-10 FREE CONCERT SERIES: ALTER EGO Where/when: 263 Marketplace, 700 York …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
16-year-old Griffin Ripley won the sing-off competition which began in February.
263 Marketplace's Sing-Off competition concluded Saturday after several weeks of afternoon competitions at the York Road market. Griffin Ripley, 16, won the competition and will received a $500 check. The humble winner said, "It's a pleasure to be performing against some tough competition." Griffin, a La Salle College High School student, has been singing since he was in the sixth grade and plans to study, either, biomedical engineering or music in college. Second place fell to Hailea Yocum, who won the crowd over with her rendition of Céline Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On." Yocum received a $300 check. Little Olivia Morris took the third place spot and won $150. The contest began with 75 people in February and after Saturday afternoon …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Event draws big crowds despite impending hurricane.
Down the Road Cruisers and Oldies Night at the 263 Marketplace brought out crowds of shoppers and vintage car enthusiasts on Friday night. The event is the third of its kind at the Marketplace and plans for more are in the works. The parking lot was full of vibrant cars with popped up hoods while D.J. Gary Markus from "Sound Unlimited" spun the golden oldies. Some came for the cars, some just for the music. Monte Tambourino of Fort Washington came with his red 1957 Chevy. Tambourino shows his cars at other cruise nights and has won trophies and prizes. His grandson, Justin Fornwalt,7, kept him company and said he had fun riding in his grandfather's car. The night was also filled with music inside the Marketplace with Karaoke. D.J. Paul Big…