Area employers—both large and small—are essential to the residents of the North Central Special Services District for jobs, services and a sense of neighborhood identity. 

Scores of storefronts, restaurants and entertainment venues—including homegrown local shops and national chains—line the shopping corridors along both Cecil B. Moore Avenue and North Broad Street. Among the district’s largest employers are Temple University, Allied Universal, Aramark and the Philadelphia School District. Entertainment hubs include the AMC movie theater, the Liacouras Center and the historic Uptown Theater.

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Spotlight on: Progress Plaza

Leon Sullivan in from of Progress Plaza

In 2018, Progress Plaza—at the corner of North Broad and Oxford streets—celebrated its 50 year anniversary. When Rev. Leon Sullivan opened the facility in 1968, it earned the distinction as the first black-owned shopping center in the country.

Today, its tenants include the Fresh Grocer, multiple banks and other essential businesses for district-area residents.