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By Tatyana Sinioukov How would you like to have had your dad for a boss and two of your brothers working with you, side by side, day after day? The three brothers—Bud, Gerry and Richard—who happen to be part-owners of Pennsylvania-based appliance retailer, Gerhard's, say they love it. Bud is the company president, Gerry is vice president and Richard is a treasurer. When asked how old they were when they first got into the business, they seemed puzzled. "As long as you are old enough to push the broom, you're in business," Richard answered for Bud and Gerry. "I must have

By David Dritsas and Janet Pinkerton HerHifi.com is a bet that women like and will buy consumer electronics in volume. And Laurie Novi, Kate Connors and other employees and board members at parent company Hifi.com so far are willing to take the gamble. Hifi.com was originally the online retail portal for Cambridge Soundworks, first launched in 1995. In October 1999, Hifi.com reorganized itself into a full-blown e-tailer, offering products from several other manufacturers. In February 2000, Hifi.com launched HerHifi.com, a Web site that sells the same products but gears the site's look and information to appeal to women. HerHifi.com was the brainchild of the

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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