Di Bruno Bros. is Expanding!

From its beginnings in 1939 as a small shop in Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market, Di Bruno Bros. has made quite a reputation for itself as Culinary Pioneers and developed an extremely loyal following. Its growth has seen the creation of its ecommerce business, the Pronto cafe and most recently the beautiful multi-level gourmet destination store at Rittenhouse. Now, Di Bruno Bros. is proud to announce its newest planned location at the new Comcast Tower in Center City Philadelphia. Read the press release below for more details:

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), which owns and manages approximately 15 million square feet of office and industrial space in southeastern Pennsylvania, today announced that it has signed leases with six new retail tenants to occupy space in the gourmet food market at Comcast Center.

Di Bruno Brothers, noted for its Historic Italian Market and Rittenhouse Square gourmet destination stores, has signed a 1,365 square foot lease to become a leading tenant in the gourmet food market at Comcast Center. As true culinary pioneers since 1939, Di Bruno Bros. will be showcasing creative artisinal pannini, salads and freshly prepared foods, along with a European-style coffee bar. In addition, a unique and interesting selection of specialty cheeses and charcuterie will be offered as well as best selling specialty products and catering.

“The inspiring presence and excitement Comcast Center will bring to the city of Philadelphia was all the motivation Di Bruno Brothers needed to become a part of this great project.” said Bill Mignucci, Jr., grandson of co-founder Danny Di Bruno.
“Location, Location, Location is the key element to the success and future growth of Di Bruno Brothers. Comcast is truly a part of the future of Philadelphia’s corporate growth and we like to believe Di Bruno Brothers is equally a part of the city’s growing food community. There is no finer location, building, or company we could invest our time and future with than this project. Danny and Joe Di Bruno would be proud!”

The next five leases signed by Liberty in the gourmet food market provide a variety of choices for those that will frequent the landmark building. These include agreements with Ardmore Produce for the company’s Sook Hee’s Produce store to occupy 1,347 square feet and for Ardmore Seafood restaurant, Under the C to occupy 1,027 square feet. In addition, Sushi and Korean eatery Tokyo Lunchbox & Catering will operate in 977 square feet, Jake & Max’s Deli in 837 square feet and Bucks County Coffee in 602 square feet.

“It is our goal to not only reshape the skyline of Philadelphia, but also to provide valuable amenities that the community can enjoy. This will be a destination where people can meet friends, eat, shop and relax,” says Henry Steinberg, director of leasing for Liberty.

When complete in May 2008, the Comcast Center will offer those who visit more than 24,000 square feet of eateries and shops. Additional retail tenants include a Citizen’s Bank branch and two Georges Perrier-Chris Scarduzzio Signature Restaurants.

About Comcast Center
Comcast Center is a 58-story (56 rentable), 975-foot high office tower encompassing approximately 1,253,000 rentable square feet, inclusive of 24,000 rentable square feet of restaurant and retail space. Features of Comcast Center include multiple three-story stacked atria rising on the south face of the building; a ½ acre landscaped public park; a new entrance to Suburban Station commuter rail station via a dramatic 120’ high glass enclosed winter garden; the expansion of Suburban Station’s underground retail concourse; a gourmet food market, and a new entrance lobby addition to historic Arch Street Presbyterian Church. The building also features a sustainable building design with the goal of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

About Liberty Property Trust
Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), headquartered in Malvern, PA, is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through extraordinary work environments. The real estate investment trust (REIT) serves customers in the United States and United Kingdom through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty’s 65 million square foot portfolio offers exceptional locations and flexible design to more than 2,100 tenants at 700 office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities. The company is a leader in the development of high performance green buildings. For more information visit www.libertyproperty.com.