Almo Professional A/V has announced a "bonus" event for its E4 AV Tour, with an E4 Philadelphia Expo scheduled for August 15 at the Valley Force Casino & Resort in King of Prussia, Pa.

A remarkable home theater project in Pennsylvania has brought together the talents of several individuals as their combined efforts have resulted in a home theater that will actually save power and money.

In a merger of e-commerce firms, GSI Commerce announced Thursday that has purchased Accretive Commerce for $97.5 million. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction. GSI, based in King of Prussia, Pa., outside of Philadelphia, represents retailers, as well as entertainment companies and sports leagues, with clients that include Ace Hardware, Linens ‘n’ Things, and the NBA. The North Carolina-based Accretive’s clients include Godiva and American Eagle. The deal is expected to close within 60 days.

Months ago, the man in my life and I made a mid-week strafing run through a Sears in King of Prussia, PA. We needed carpet and caulk and were thinking about buying a gas dryer. That evening, we visited three departments in less than an hour and were impressed by the helpful, experienced sales people in each We bought the caulk, signed a deal to buy carpet at a great price and took notes on the dryers—a very successful trip. I was amazed to get such a consistent level of quality service at one location fairly late on a school night. I guessed that

CANTON, Mass.—"We're having fun," said Sandy Bloomberg, Tweeter etc. chairman and CEO, as he and President and COO Jeff Stone talk about their company's growth-by-acquisition transition into a coast-to-coast specialty CE chain. Backed initially by venture capital and now by public investors, Tweeter etc.'s expansion has been rapid and far reaching: Bryn Mawr Stereo & Video of King of Prussia, Pa., acquired in May 1996; HiFi Buys of Atlanta in May 1997, Home Entertainment of Texas in February 1999 and Dow Stereo/Video in San Diego in July 1999. Membership in the Progressive Retailers Organization set the stage for the deals that drove Tweeter etc.'s

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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