We are pleased to announce that Albert Boscov will be the First Inductee of the PA Retailers' Association (PRA) Hall of Fame.

In celebration of this memorable event, the PRA will be hosting a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony the evening of March 7, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Reading.

Governor Tom Corbett, Governor Ed Rendell, and Governor Tom Ridge will be the honorary co-chairmen of this spectacular event. It is a tremendous achievement to have three governors in attendance; it says much about Mr. Boscov’s life and legacy. The guest list will include other federal, state, and local government dignitaries as well as many of Mr. Boscov’s family, friends, and important business partners, vendors, and suppliers.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour with dinner and the award ceremony to begin at 7 p.m. Attendance is strictly limited based on space available. Tickets are $100 per person; guests may sponsor a table of ten for $1,000. 10% of the net proceeds from the event will go to Mr. Boscov’s favorite charity- Our City Reading. The remaining proceeds from the event will be used to serve and promote the retail industry in Pennsylvania.

Please register online at http://paretailhalloffame.eventbrite.com. Payments may be made online, by phone, or by check. Please call the PRA at 717- 233-7976 or mail checks to 224 Pine Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. All guests must register online even if you pay by credit card or check.

Other awards will also be given that night: Retailer of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Visual Merchandise, Most Community Service, and Best Loss Prevention Partner. We ask for your help with nominations, so please visit http://surveymonkey.com/s/DF7LPSX to complete the form by February 8, 2013.

Feel free to contact Dean Sheaffer at 610-370-3417 or me if you have any questions.

PA Retailers’ Association Announces PA Retail Hall of Fame Dinner, Albert Boscov as Inductee

HARRISBURG, PA (Jan. 22, 2013)- The PA Retailers’ Association (PRA) is very proud and excited to announce that Al Boscov will be the First Inductee of the PA Retailers’ Hall of Fame. The PRA couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to honor Mr. B’s life and career.

In celebration of this memorable event, the PRA will be hosting a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza in Reading, PA.

Governors Tom Corbett, Ed Rendell, and Tom Ridge will be the honorary cochairmen of this spectacular event. It is a tremendous achievement to have three governors supporting this event, which says a lot about Mr. B’s life and legacy. The guest list will include other federal, state, and local government dignitaries as well as many of Mr. B’s family, friends, and important business partners, vendors, and suppliers.

Ten percent of the net proceeds will go to Mr. B’s favorite charitable organization – Our City Reading. The net proceeds from the event will be used to serve and promote the retail industry in Pennsylvania.

Contact the PA Retailers’ Association – info@paretailers.org or 717-233-7976 to inquire about ticket prices and sponsorship levels.

Other awards will also be given that night: Retailer of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Visual Merchandise, Most Community Service, and Best Loss Prevention Partner.

The Pennsylvania Retailers' Association is the premier retail trade association in Pennsylvania whose encompassing membership consists of small and large independent retailers as well as the national retail chains. Founded in 1932, the PRA's mission is to represent the retailing industry in the state's legislative chambers, protecting and promoting the welfare of those engaged in retailing; keep our members informed about laws and regulations affecting the retail industry; and offer our membership money-saving services to assist them in growing their business.

Tri-State HFA Announces 2010 Person of the Year

The 2010 Person of the Year is Albert Boscov, Chairman/CEO of Boscov’s, Inc.  The company began in Reading, PA from its modest beginnings in the 1920’s. Mr. Boscov continued the fundamental precepts of business carried to this country by his immigrant father – work hard, be honest, and deal fairly with the customer.  He has added to these concepts  - make shopping fun; don’t take yourself too seriously; and treat your employees like family. 

As Chairman/CEO of Boscov’s he set a new standard for successful retailing, and is deeply involved in the community and corporate citizenship.   With his recent launch of ‘Our City Reading’, a nonprofit organization, Boscov turned his generosity toward curbing the flight of residents and businesses from Reading, population approximately 80,000.  They (OCR) are accomplishing this by restoring abandoned homes and providing city residents with excellent but low-cost housing.  In addition, Boscov has worked on projects that created the largest interactive arts center of its kind in the nation; an IMAX and movie theater, an office building, and also a complex to house apartments and a four-star hotel.

Boscov’s stores also regularly showcase many civic causes and charitable programs in their markets, including fundraisers for United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross and countless local non-profit organizations in all the markets where Boscov’s has stores.

Recently, Albert Boscov came out of retirement to restore the chain that bears his family name after economic times challenged the existence of the company.  He has put the ‘fun’ back in shopping, bringing back some of the unique promotions from years past as well as lots of contests where customers have the chance to win great prizes.

At the dinner, representatives and retailers will be honored for various contributions to the industry and the association.  Some awards are voted upon by members, while others are committee chosen.  This year, we also have the installation of a new Tri-State HFA president, Marc Luber, president of World Imports in Philadelphia, China and Malaysia.

The Tri-State HFA Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Holiday Inn – Historic District in Philadelphia.

Boscov’s Grateful for Support of Friends and Family for Solid Performance

READING, PA, February 16, 2010

After completing his first full year of operation since regaining control, Chairman and CEO, Albert Boscov expressed his gratitude to his “extended family” of loyal customers, co-workers and vendors. During an economic recession that hurt most retail companies, Boscov’s reported strong performance. “We’ve just completed the most profitable year in our history and with sales results that were significantly better than other department stores throughout the country.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to once again, lead the company founded by my father. Our customers, our co-workers and our vendors stuck with us at a critical time and I am profoundly grateful. The impressive results we’ve delivered over the past fourteen months have demonstrated the value of working collaboratively with our vendors and offering real value to customers – and hopefully having a little fun at the same time!”

“We pledge to continue doing what we do best – bringing merchandise at the best possible price to our shoppers and being an active participant in every community we serve.”

“As we enter 2010, our goal is to provide unquestionable value with guaranteed lowest pricing in our trading area coupled with outstanding customer service. Shopping at Boscov’s should be a joy – great prices – great quality - great people and extras you don’t expect today like free gift wrap. I promise a little fun and entertainment along the way too” he said with a wink and a smile.

Boscov’s and the 911 Cell Phone Bank make the call for your old cell phones.

Boscov’s and the 911 Cell Phone Bank have partnered to promote responsible cell phone recycling and provide emergency communications to those in need.

Reading, PA –– Boscov’s announced today that it has partnered with the 911 Cell Phone Bank. This partnership will help provide free emergency cell phones to those in need throughout the Mid Atlantic region of the US and give Boscov’s customers an easy way to responsibly recycle their old cell phones.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank is an initiative of The Charitable Recycling Foundation, an organization dedicated to converting idle assets, like cell phones, for use toward the public good. Through its website, www.911CellPhoneBank.org, and collection sites nationwide, the organization facilitates cell phone donations from businesses and consumers.

Under the agreement, Boscov’s will accept cell phones for recycling at each of their 39 locations. Collected cell phones will be sent to the 911 Cell Phone Bank for processing. In return, the 911 Cell Phone Bank will provide law enforcement in communities served by Boscov’s with free emergency cell phones for seniors and victims of abuse.

"I was shocked to learn that there are millions of cell phones retired each month in the US” said Esta Neugroschel, Public Relations Director for Boscov’s. “We are pleased to give our customers a way to recycle their old cell phones and make a difference in the lives of those in our community who have been victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes. Even if they never get used, it gives people a real sense of safety and security."

"We find that people are more than willing to help by simply donating a used cell phone that they aren't using anyway." said James Mosieur, the 911 Cell Phone Bank Program Director. He added that law enforcement, victim advocate agencies, and general businesses around the country are signing up to participate in the program.

Residents who have unused cell phones are encouraged to drop them off at the Customer Service desk at any Boscov’s location. For more information on the 911 Cell Phone Bank program visit www.911cellphonebank.org or call 866-290-7864.

About the 911 Cell Phone Bank
The 911 Cell Phone Bank is an initiative of The Charitable Recycling Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of emergency cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of vulnerable residents in communities nationwide. Since its inception the 911 Cell Phone Bank has generated more than 80,000 emergency cell phones for victim services organizations nationwide. To learn more visit www.911CellPhoneBank.org.

About Boscov’s

Boscov’s with 39 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware has been providing customers with a wide selection of merchandise, competitive prices and superior service for nearly a century. The Company is committed to the communities it serves and has a long distinguished history of civic and charitable activities. Boscov’s serves consumers across the country with a strong online shopping capability as well