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Route 309 in Montgomery County, Pa., the stretch of highway between Philadelphia and Allentown, also known as Bethlehem Pike, is dotted with enough electronics stores to fill the quotas of some western states. Circuit City, a couple of Best Buys, Tweeter, Sears, Boscovs, Wal-Mart, Costco and a few independent specialty stores have all staked their claim in that developing corridor. Last October, a new business hammered up its banner in the Colmar portion of the road to compete against these entrenched competitors. President Jason Spencer calls it The HiTech Life, which grew out of his small IT service company, Adopt-A-Tech, and his father’s

Route 309 in Montgomery County, Pa., the stretch of highway between Philadelphia and Allentown, also known as Bethlehem Pike, is dotted with enough electronics stores to fill the quotas of some western states. Circuit City, a couple of Best Buys, Tweeter, Sears, Boscovs, Wal-Mart, Costco and a few independent specialty stores have all staked their claim in that developing corridor. Last October a new business hammered up it’s banner in the Colmar portion of the road to compete against these entrenched competitors. President Jason Spencer calls it The HiTech Life, which grew out of his small IT service company Adopt-A-Tech and his father’s A/V

Scrapbook enthusiasts, a veritable American subculture with their own magazines, tools, clubs, even retreats, have long been associated with craft items like stickers, ribbon, gold markers, and decorative paper, not the sort of low-ROI products consumer electronics retailers are hot to stock. It’s time to rethink that stereotype, though, says Amy Kinnon, the owner of a scrapbooking store she started four years ago in Allentown, PA, called Kinnon Keepsakes. “I think digital has taken over,” says Kinnon. “My customers love designing on the computer, especially if they’re in a crunch for time. You can do a whole book in the time that it takes

Philadelphia Entrances & Exits: The Philadelphia market saw an influx of retailers into the area, which resulted in some fierce competition for consumers' business. Target added three New Jersey stores (Burlington, Turnersville and Vorhees) and two Pennsylvania stores (Springfield and Langhorne). Circuit City opened one location in Philadelphia, making its presence in the area stronger, as did Best Buy with the addition of its Northeast Philadelphia store. Office Depot and Costco opened sites in West Chester, Pa., and King of Prussia, Pa., respectively. Voorhees, N.J.'s Echelon Mall is now home to Sears. Exton, Pa., will get its own Sears store in October of this

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