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Good-Bye Lingerie, Hello Meat Market

The Lacey Lady lingerie store closed earlier this month; nearby a former vacuum repair shop will soon be home to a Halal meat and seafood shop.

The old cliché, “when one door closes another door opens” could have been written about Hatboro’s downtown. 

, a long-time regular retailer in the northern end of the borough’s downtown shopping district, abruptly closed its doors about a week ago. While the property owner is still looking for a new renter for the 1,000-square-foot space, literally doors away, new merchants are on the horizon, said.

On May 1, the former site of Hatboro Vac-Sew, at 210 N. York Road, will become Felucca Meat Market, Barth said.

“It’s going to be a Halal international grocery and meat and seafood place,” Barth said. “I’ve never seen any of it: Lamb, veal and a lot of different kind of meat that aren’t available around here.”

Residents had been clamoring for a property at the other end of town. Beginning May 1, construction and extensive renovations will instead . Felucca, like the Trader Joe's grocery chain, would fill the void of not having a grocer within the borough’s confines.

“As you can see Hatboro’s revival is still growing,” Barth said.

, which had opened in the Red Barn Mall in early 2011, has since relocated to Huntingdon Valley. The store’s space is now being eyed for a medical office, which Barth said would be a “good fit there.”

And while it will remain open, Barth said is now under new ownership.

“They’re kind of one of those legacy places,” Barth said.

Modifications are planned for the eatery’s décor, he said. , situated across the street and also owned by the Lochel family, is not part of the transaction, according to Barth.

Recent new additions include Richard Sauder Architect and counselor Joseph Fonash. Rina’s Rocks, a retailer specializing in crystals, fossils, jewelry and gifts, is expected to open later this week at 31 S. York Road, Barth said.

In addition, lease agreements are pending for three York Road properties, as well as a site on Jacksonville Road, he said.

“It’s an evolution,” Barth said. “It would be nice to have everybody stay, but people leave for different reasons. I always see it as opportunity.”

Eve April 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I'll be there! I wish you the best of luck with your new business!
WoodsyView April 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The only comment that I can agree with wholeheartedly here is the sentiment to shop locally. I'm thrilled there will be another place to buy grocery items in Hatboro. I rejoice when I see otherwise vacant properties inhabited by a new venture, even if it's not a purveyor of something I need or want. (Frankly, I didn't need or want goofy underwear but I never resented Lacey Lady. I was disappointed to see "her" closing and I wish "her" former owner well. And here's to hoping that window will be full of other colorful merchandise in the near future whether I want to buy it or not.) Hatboro's relative prosperity compared to its surroundings is a blessing. Wake up and look at neighboring towns where there is no vibrant downtown life. Not even a little bit. I moved here from one along our beloved York Rd. less than a year ago and God knows, I tried to do my part and interact with the barely existent downtown life there. I'm glad to have more opportunities here than in any other Montgomery County town where I've resided to walk, drive, or bike downtown to seek out new things I need or want there. Best wishes to you Felucca. May you be blessed and be a blessing in your business endeavors. To those who would like to hand-pick the next store in Hatboro or the demographic of the ownership - do what these other brave individuals are doing - put your time and money where your mouth is and open it yourself.
A shaat April 27, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Thank you.
Sherry Vitale April 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM
As a new Hatboro new business owner I am thrilled with the work Steven Barth is doing. As for the new meat market, my studio is only two doors down and I was fortunate to get a glimps inside. What a georgous market it is! This new owner spared no expence to make it a lovely and welocming market. Remeber that even the build out fuels our local economy. I cant wait for its grand opening. Hatboro has long been a business community of individually owned businesses who all support each other. I dont need a big chain store to get me to shop on main street. Those of you that do are missing the point. As far as the opposition to diversity , you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Sherry Vitale
A shaat April 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Thank you sherry. Can't wait to open the doors myself. Thank you for the support.
A shaat April 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Marc Lombardi thank you.
dave April 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
wtf, I am looking foward to shoping at the new market.
Marc Lombardi April 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
My pleasure. I wish you success with the new store. And please do not pay any mind to those who are vocal with their bigotry and closed-mindedness. There are many examples of some great people who have posted their thoughts and encouragement here. Even though I don't live in Hatboro, I think it's great that you are bringing a slice of your own heritage to the community. I'll be sure to stop in once you're open and buy some groceries/meat -- and in doing so help a local business thrive.
S. Larigan April 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I for one am looking forward to the new meat market. I truck all the way to Illg's every week for our meats and would be happy to shop at the new store. I bet the meats will be of Kosher quality and you simply can't beat that!! I am not surprised at the comments coming from narrow minded people. They certainly need to broaden their horizons. A rent to own store is another matter completely. You will be drawing the type of clientelle that you probably don't want in Hatboro and seems counter intuitive to me. I understand why Trader Joes decided not to come here. Town counsel really needs to have a PLAN to entice other businesses of quality to our town.
hopes for Hatboro May 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Town Council has little or nothing to do with these types of things.. It's up to Main Street & the Chamber of Commerce.. Talk to them about a plan.
OpenMinded May 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The store is Halal and Kosher, and it provides a wide range of foreign and domestic products. I stopped by there the other day, and it actually looks very good. There are Italian Food items, Greek, European in General, Indian, Middle Eastern as Well as American food Products. What is wrong with a little diversity. I grew up down the street from there, on Monument and Linden "b/c others are scared to say where they are from" and I welcome such establishment. I rather see business open rather than stay closed.
Kasia Frawley May 09, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Would there be the same outcry if a Jewish Deli opened?
Kathy Keaveney Parker May 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM
My husband, daughter and I stopped into the Felucca market this evening to check it out. As soon as we walked in we welcomed them and there business to Hatboro, not knowing at this point the amount of bigotry that existed on this post. I would recommend this market it had alot of diverse and well priced products!! The people inside are very friendly!!! I am very mad by most of the posts above I have lived here in Hatboro all of my life (41 years) I didnt move here I grew up here got married here bought a house here and raise my 2 children in Hatboro. It sickens me that people have so much bigotry and hatred in the 2012 for what they don't understand about others cultures and beliefs. I have a comment for you "the infidel" don't come into the town I have grown up in and lived "all" my life and hide behind a an anymomous name and spout hatred if you have the guts then use your real name so all your neighbors will know what a bigot looks like!!!!! My name is Kathy Parker!!
dave May 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM
"THE.......... AND THE.................. ARE ALL RIGHT BUT WE DONT WANT THE IRISH" BLAZING SADDLES now there is a movie for you.I stoped in the market the other day, nice place.
JFK May 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I am business owner and a Hatboro Resident. Felucca is our new neighbor and we are happy to look out our window and see a nice clean store with nice signs instead of a vacant vacuum cleaner store. My husband and daughter went in there yesterday and gave it great reviews. And to Ali, who I introduced myself too a few days before the store opened to wish him luck, most people in this town are great people. Don't let the opinions of a few narrow minded people, ruin your joy and pride in your new endeavor and best of luck as well.
Guest May 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Bridget, You have an awful lot to say for someone who 1. doesn't own property or rent 2. doesn't pay taxes 3. isn't old enough to vote 4. doesn't have a job
Marc Lombardi May 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
"Guest" - I wasn't aware that those four items you listed are a prerequisite for 1. knowing right from wrong 2. being able to say anything about it You hide behind the guise of anonymity and complain about the intelligent comments of a local CITIZEN? Our inalienable rights are given to us the day we are born (some even believe our rights begin at conception). The fact that Bridget doesn't own property, pay taxes (other than sales tax), work or is not old enough to vote does not preclude her from being able to state her mind.
Bridget Morawski May 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Sorry "Guest," but I actually do vote, work, and pay taxes. The only one that I do not do is own property, though my family does and I would imagine that they would not stand for such bigotry either. I didn't know that there was some sort of minimum age for morality and ethics.
Maria August 09, 2012 at 11:20 AM
You're right, Sean. "Halal" means the animal was cruelly slaughtered, fully conscious, facing Mecca and with prayers to "allah." Is this for Hatboro? I'm afraid it's a "Build it and they will come." You will see a mosque in Hatboro before long, unless people start waking up and speaking out. You will see women in black burqas, and, as the people flood the area, a call for a "sharia Zone". Think it can't happen here? Look at Europe! It's happening EVERYWHERE there, but you'd never know about it unless you look. The media and politicians and educators are "submitting" (Islam means submission.) It is terrible.
Maria August 09, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I do not want to eat meat that has been slaughtered in a cruel way and prayed over, facing Mecca, in the name of "allah." First a halal market, then a mosque, then Hatboro becomes a town you will not recognize. Think it can't happen? Look at what is happening in European cities. They will demand sharia law for all, non-Muslims too.
Sue August 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I agree - reading these comments, I think - what makes anyone think Trader Joe's would want to open a store here??
Sue August 09, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Marc - I do live in Hatboro, and I agree with everything you've written. You probably spend more money in downtown Hatboro than I do. Even though I really want to support our downtown, I have difficulty finding things down there I want to buy. Or stores open when I have time to shop. We buy our furniture at Gamburg's, I make a point of going to the hardware store whenever I can, and when I'm looking for diner breakfast, Lochel's is where I go, but I tried to do some of my Christmas shopping downtown last year, and I couldn't find anything on my list, except for pet toys, but the pet store wasn't open (at 10:30am on a weekday). Corner Kitchen looks nice but the two times I've tried to go in there, they didn't seem to have a wait staff, and so I didn't even end up sitting down. They seem to be focused on lunch....
Maria October 03, 2012 at 11:30 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjFSi1AZTq8&feature=em-share_video_user Is this Hatboro's future?
Maria October 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/10/05/sweden-mosque-to-blast-eardrum-shattering-muslim-call-to-prayer-which-will-be-heard-for-miles-in-any-direction/ "One of the most beautiful sounds on earth." "Barack Hussein Obama Really? Sounds like a call to war to me. Coming to Hatboro soon?
Maureen Malachowski February 01, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Can't believe all the negative things I read about the meat market. Unless your a native American you roots came from some foreign land also. PS- food for thought, with all the churches in Hatboro why no Roman Catholic one ?
Maria February 01, 2013 at 06:32 PM
You are putting your collective liberal heads "in the sand" so to speak. I can't speak for all comments, but my concern is not that he is from a foreign land. All of our ancestors are, and even so-called Native Americans came from somewhere! It's what this represents and means for the future of Hatboro.. What is HALAL meat? How is it slaughtered? In whose name and why? Is it safe to eat? Halal meats conform to Sharia (Islamic) law. What is Sharia Law? What does it mean for America? For Muslims and non-Muslims? Look at western Europe, or Dearborn(istan), MI, and you will see a preview! Do your own research. (Real) Peace to all.
Eve February 04, 2013 at 04:31 AM
I have lived in Dearborn. I have socialized with Muslims and Christians while there. You are an ignorant, closed minded racist. Changing your name on this sight, as anyone unsure of themselves and their opinions would. You represent what's wrong with the world. You are not special. Respect the freedoms of the country in which you live. If you do not support this business, don't shop there. Rallying people to hate with you, makes you look like you can't stand on your own convictions. Get a hobbie. Save a priest.
Maria February 04, 2013 at 11:51 AM
What hate? Where? Ignorant? I assure you I know much more about Islam and Sharia Law than any poster on this board. Close-minded? How so? Because I speak the truth and sometime it's not pretty? What "race" is Islam? It's not. But the truth is political Islam, sharia law, is worth examining, as it pertains to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Yes, we have freedom here. In Islam there is NO freedom. It means submission. We welcome all to live and grow in peace. But sharia law trumps civil law in Islam and is incompatible with our Constitution. So, how do we reconcile that? The only hate I see is coming from you toward me. I don't hate Muslims or any people! Indeed, Muslims, especially women and children, are victims of sharia too.I urge everyone to look into halal, sharia and political Islam for themselves.
Eve February 04, 2013 at 03:03 PM
So is your name Mary or Maria?
Maria May 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Nice, Eve, worry about my name, but let's forget about all the women and children suffering under the brutality of sharia law. Female genital mutilation anyone? Coming to a town near you, maybe even Hatboro! www.thereligionofpeace.com

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