Chester County Briefs: Coatesville Popeye’s Settles Lawsuit, Brandywine Realty Puts Chesterbrook Building On Market, and Foodery Beer Bottle Shop Opens in Phoenixville


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Coatesville’s Popeye’s Settles its Age Discrimination Lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Friday that Coatesville Chicken, known as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen in Coatesville, will settle its federal age discrimination lawsuit by paying $36,000 and providing significant equitable relief.

The suit was filed after the restaurant allegedly engaged in age discrimination when it refused to hire military veterans Lula Wright-Hill, 54, and Kevin Bryant, 58, as well as Leroy Keasley, aged 40.

All three filled out an application which required them to enter their dates of birth. In addition, during the interviews with Wright-Hill and Keasley, the EEOC alleged that the general manager told them they were “too old” to work for the restaurant.

“How sad that this employer disadvantaged three applicants, including two military veterans, because of their age,” said Spencer H. Lewis, Jr., the EEOC Philadelphia District Director. “EEOC is here to fight for Americans’ rights to be free from age discrimination.”

Brandywine Realty Trust Puts a Building in the Chesterbrook Corporate Center Up for Sale

As part of their continuous effort to pare down its suburban holdings, the Brandywine Realty Trust has put an office building in the Chesterbrook Corporate Center up for sale.

The building, located at 1000 Chesterbrook Blvd. in Berwyn, was constructed sixteen years ago by the Trust in partnership with Realen Properties. The location on offer is a three-storey, 172,327 square foot building that sits on close to 13 acres with 766 parking spaces and is currently 92% occupied by various tenants which include True Position, Trinseo, National Penn Bank and Wells Fargo.

Doug Rodio of JLL has the listing but the final sale price is not certain at the moment. However, the property is being offered with an assumption of debt in the form of a $23.3 million loan with an interest rate of 4.75% that matures in 2021.

The Foodery Beer Bottle Shop Comes to Phoenixville

The well known Philadelphia beer bottle shop, the Foodery, is going to branch out for the fourth time, this time in Phoenixville, joining the recent surge of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries in the area although the exact opening date is still a mystery.

The 30 year old business will be opening its newest doors in what was The Family Dollar store at 325 Bridge Street, offering local craft beers as well as rarer and international brands. All the brands will be available as singles, but the bottles can also be mixed to create a six-pack.

To make sure you are not drinking on an empty stomach, the Foodery will also offer a diverse menu that includes hot sandwiches like a house-made fennel sausage sandwich, a short rib cheesesteak, as well as a variety of cold sandwiches, salads, soups.

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