When I first read about it I could have sworn it was already there. I was thinking of Ross's at the former Lit Brothers Department Store. Believe me, that says more about Market East than it does about me, even considering I live in the vicinity. Believe me, I shop.
It's hard to get excited about a discount department store in the heart of our should-be shopping district on the heels of the 21st Century Gilded Age, but I'll take what we can get. Even then, Marshall's on Market is only coming because another retailer is leaving. Staples is consolidating its Philadelphia stores, eliminating the need for its Market East location.
I'm still optimistic that the Inquirer's move from its island on North Broad to a more active location will aid in Market East's Renaissance. But for the time being, Marshall's is coming.