Friday, January 14, 2011

Congrats to Pamela’s P&G Diner

The first annual ‘Best Chain on Main’ competition, held by the Commercial District Advisor (CDA), in partnership with the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), recognizes regional and national chain stores that pave the way for commercial revitalization. Based on investment in underserved urban markets, ability to provide excellent service, maintain clean and attractive stores, storefronts and merchandise displays, and their contribution to local commercial revitalization efforts, Pamela’s P&G Diner was awarded second place. Pamela’s P&G owner, Gail Klingensmith, is a long-time friend of Kurman Communications, Inc. president, Cindy Kurman.
Chosen from a nationwide pool of nominees submitted by retailers, community groups and local residents, Pamela’s P&G Diner is a uniquely themed restaurant chain with six locations in and around Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Restaurants can be a vital neighborhood anchor, and Pamela’s P&G Diner is a prime example of one that draws customers to its neighborhood through attractive design, a good product, and excellent service,” says David Feehan, president & CEO of Civitas Consultants.

Entries were evaluated on the following categories: Exterior Appearance, Interior Apperance, Customer Service, Willingness to Locate in Low-and Moderate Income Communities and Donation to Local Causes.

“The winner of the ‘Best Chain on Main’ operate in neighborhoods that are largely underserved with respect to retail—they show that retailers can operate successfully in these places while also providing quality services and products in a clean inviting atmosphere,” says Jake Cowan, Director of LISC MetroEdge, the nation’s pioneering urban market research firm.

Other winners include first place winner, Villa, an urban-inspired apparel and footwear retailer and third place winner, The Fresh Grocer, an urban grocery store chain.

For more information about Pamela’s P&G Diner, visit or e-mail

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