The Quickie Mart at 4346 Frankford Avenue was robbed by two guys with guns at about 2:45 PM at February 7th. The police have good video but so far they have not apprehended any suspects.
The video is good but the robbers must have known that and took precautions to hide their faces. Somebody out there knows who they are. If you recognize them, turn them in to the police. It is only a matter of time before either they hurt somebody and get hurt themselves.
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This week we are making a stop at 4346 Frankford Avenue. It is legally called Poonam Inc. but is commonly known as the Quickie Mart. It is not a bar but is on the tour because they sell beer.
This is a bright spot on the tour because the owner of the business (Harry Patel) came to the Frankford Civic Association 2 years ago and explained why he wanted to sell beer. He said that all those other businesses along the Avenue that were selling beer were driving down his sales. He bought his license (E211) and invested the money in remodeling the store to meet the legal requirements.
He has an E license which means:
Eating Place Retail Dispenser (E) In order to qualify for an eating place retail dispenser license, the establishment must be a reputable place where food is regularly and customarily prepared and sold. The establishment shall have a total area of not less than 300 square feet in one or more rooms, other than living quarters, and must be equipped with tables and chairs accommodating at least 30 persons at one time.
The Quickie Mart seems to be in compliance. He also remodeled the outside of the shopping center where the Quickie Mart is located at the same time. He was very concerned that if he got into the beer business he did not want it to hurt the community.
Back in June we reported on the issue of the proposal to sell take out beer at the Quickie Mart at Frankford and Unity. The owner, Harry Patel, had his application approved. He stated that there would be improvements made to the shopping center where the Quickie Mart is located as part of the proposal. The facade improvements have been made as you can see from the picture below.
So far no remodeling of the interior of the store has taken place. That is intended to provide a sit down eating area within the store. We’ll follow up when something new develops.
The zoning hearing is scheduled for July 25th at 2 PM. Citation from
the announcement below:
CERTIFICATE FOR THE ADDITION OF SEATING TO AN EXISTING CONVENIENCE
STORE WITH ACCESSORY PREPARING AND SERVING OF FOOD FOR TAKE-OUT
AND FOR ACCESSORY RETAIL SALE OF MALT BEVERAGES FOR TAKE-OUT (STORE 1)
IN AN EXISTING ONE-STORY STRUCTURE WITH OTHER PREVIOUSLY APPROVED USES.
- Hearings take place at 1515 Arch Street in the City Annex building at the
Northeast corner of 16th Street and JFK Blvd, 18th Floor.
- All meetings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and L&I Review Board are
open to the public.
The most recent Frankford Civic meeting on June 7th, involved the usual routine zoning issues. The main issue on the agenda that caused a great deal of discussion was the application by the Quickie Mart for beer sales.
The Quickie Mart is located at Unity Street and Frankford Avenue and has been in business for about 12 years. Harry Patel the owner wants to be able to sell beer. He proposes to remodel the store and have an eat in dining area in the front of the store. This is the floor plan proposed. quickiemart
Community concern is that you cannot walk down the street on that part of Frankford Avenue without encountering somebody drinking or carrying a beer can. So will the addition of the Quickie Mart beer sales make that situation worse.
The offset is that the Quickie Mart is coming to the community and trying to do the application properly. There are other places on the Avenue who are selling take out beer in violation of liquor control laws and are not prosecuted at all.
The discussion was heated but civilized and no vote was taken by the civic board at the meeting. You can see the video below. It is long but informative of the issues involved.
Also discussed at the meeting was the proposed 36 person recovery house to be opened at 4834 Penn St. That property is still under investigation.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on July 5th at Aria Health at 7PM.