Department store magnate Boscov dies at 87

Albert Boscov, the chairman of the Boscov's department store chain that holds an iconic anchor spot in downtown Binghamton, died Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania, the company announced. Though he never wound up seeing Boscov face-to-face, Stevenson said he was "nervous".

"We buy a lot of advertising; I guess that's why he was successful".

"I said, 'Thank you, but why would I want these when I work at Boscov's?'" she said.

Boscov disclosed February 1 that he had late-state pancreatic cancer and his death was announced in a press release from the department store Friday night.

She told a story about her family getting her gift cards for a competitor. Employees were told last week he was gravely ill, Quinn said.

"I really enjoyed working for Boscov", Petrowski said.

As good as he was at making money, Boscov was also known for giving it back.

"It's a sad day". This is the greatest place to work.

"That was a highlight", she said. It's hard to imagine Reading without Al Boscov. "He treated his coworkers like family and made shopping fun". "It's a family-run business, but that carried into the employees".

The store last week posted a note on its Facebook page saying Albert Boscov and his family had been "deeply moved and humbled by the outpouring of love, concern and support" they had received in previous days.

Business was quite brisk Saturday at the Neshaminy Mall store, and many employees did not have time to talk.

"I didn't know he died. He sure has good sales here", said Jerry McLaughlin, of Bristol, Pennsylvania.

Boscov's CEO Jim Boscov, Albert's nephew, announced his passing Friday night and described him as a giant of the retail industry.

As the longtime leader of Boscov's department stores, Al Boscov was a legendary figure. He met his beloved wife, Eunice, "in the Adirondacks pretending to be a children's book writer (because clearly that's whom every woman dreams of marrying)", the obituary said. The Moorestown Mall location is the chain's only store in Burlington County.

  • Zachary Reyes