Boscov me­mo­rial moved to larger venue

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

READ­ING >> With thou­sands ex­pected to pay their re­spects to re­tail icon Al­bert Boscov, a planned me­mo­rial ser­vice has been moved to a big­ger venue.

The event had orig­i­nally been planned for The San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on Sixth Street in Read­ing, mak­ing use of both the the­ater and ball­rooms, where video of the event would have been streamed. But the ser­vice is now planned for 1 p.m.. on Sun­day, Feb. 26, at the San­tander Arena on Penn Street.

The move was nec­es­sary to as­sure that ev­ery­one who wants to at­tend the event is able to get in, ac­cord­ing to CEO and Vice Chair­man Jim Boscov.

“I was start­ing to get com­ments from some large groups — say­ing they were go­ing to come in the night be­fore to get in line to be sure they could get in. And while we had ar­ranged for over­flow ar­eas, if we can elim­i­nate that and make it easy for ev­ery­one, that’s bet­ter.” Boscov said. “The arena gives ev­ery­one the chance to come,” adding that park­ing is not an is­sue in the area around the arena.

Doors will open at noon to the pub­lic, with the me­mo­rial ser­vice sched­uled to be­gin at 1 p.m. Tick­ets are not re­quired.

“The fam­ily is putting to­gether a pro­gram that

will be a trib­ute to Al­bert and which will in­clude some speak­ers who know Al­bert well,” Boscov added. “Peo­ple can ex­pect to hear some won­der­ful tributes from those who know him and have worked with him, as well as mu­sic and some vi­su­als.”

Boscov, the chair­man of Boscov’s De­part­ment Store LLC passed away on Feb. 10, a lit­tle more than one week af­ter an­nounc­ing to co-work­ers and the com­mu­nity that he was bat­tling late-stage cancer.

Since his pass­ing, there has been an out­pour­ing of sup­port, mem­o­ries and well wishes for the Boscov fam­ily on so­cial me­dia.

“The fam­ily and I take tremen­dous com­fort in the com­ments peo­ple have made,” Boscov added.

Matt Chris­tine, mar­ket­ing man­ager for the San­tander Arena said that at full ca­pac­ity — the San­tander Arena can seat up to 8,000 peo­ple. The

Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter can seat 1,774.

Boscov said the plan is to have about 1,000 seats on the arena floor and an­other 3,000 to 4,000 seats avail­able in the arena.

To ac­com­mo­date the Boscov me­mo­rial, the Read­ing Roy­als home hockey game sched­uled to start at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, has been pushed back one hour and will now be­gin at 6 p.m.

“We’re grate­ful to the Read­ing Roy­als for push­ing back the start of their game and we’re grate­ful to the arena and its em­ploy­ees who will have to quickly get the arena ready for the hockey game,” Boscov said.

The Boscov’s De­part­ment Store chain was started by Boscov’s fa­ther Solomon. Un­der Al­bert Boscov’s lead­er­ship, the busi­ness has grown to 45 stores in 7 states with 7,500 em­ploy­ees — mak­ing it the largest fam­ily-owned de­part­ment store chain in the coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to his re­tail ex­per­tise, Boscov is re­mem­bered for his phi­lan­thropy and com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts — in­clud­ing Read­ing’s Gog­gleWorks; Our City Read­ing Inc., which has made home own­er­ship pos­si­ble for more than 600 fam­i­lies and most re­cently, Read­ing’s Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Ho­tel.

The ser­vice will be broad­cast live on WFMZTV Chan­nel 69 and on­line at WFMZ.com

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Al­bert Boscov in 2014 as Boscov’s De­part­ment Store LLC was cel­e­brat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the com­pany. Boscov passed away Feb. 10 at age 87.

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