Today a judge is expected to rule on a case involving two Camden icons: Campbell’s and Sears. The Campbell Soup Co. wants to knock down a former Sears department store building to make way for an office park, the AP reports.
But a group of activists has been fighting for years to keep the building near the Campbell headquarters intact. They say the 1920s building has historical value as a prototype for the modern mall and that it should be turned into a marketplace for restaurant equipment businesses.
Campbell agreed four years ago to keep its headquarters in the struggling city. The deal called for the company to add a new building and redevelop its section of the city.
It says the Sears building, which closed 40 years ago, is in the way of new development.
We’ll update you after the ruling, scheduled for today at 2 p.m.