237 Philadelphia Businesses Got Coronavirus Shutdown Exemptions

Max Bennett

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania officials have released the full list of the more than 6,000 businesses that were granted an exemption to remain in operation during the coronavirus shutdowns. In Philadelphia, 237 businesses received exemptions to the governor's March 19 order that closed all of the state's non-essential businesses.

The closures were made in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has now killed more than 3,700 Pennsylvania residents. However, businesses could apply for an exemption to remain open.

According to the Department of Community and Economic Development, nearly 43,000 businesses requested exemptions. Just over 6,100 of those businesses received exemptions. Life sustaining businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations were permitted to remain open without an exemption.

The waiver process has recently come under fire from both politicians and business owners.
The state's Auditor General announced late last month he'd conduct an audit of the process after receiving complaints it was slow and not transparent.

In a court filing, Republicans are seeking enforcement of the state Senate's subpoena seeking access to records connected to the exemptions. Republican leaders say the measure is needed to "correct inequities, both as part of the ongoing pandemic as well as for any future emergencies."

According to the filing, the state Supreme Court "has consistently recognized that the legislative branch's power to investigate is an essential corollary of the power to legislate. The scope of this power of inquiry extends to every proper subject of legislative action."

Gov. Tom Wolf "agrees that performing this audit is both appropriate and necessary,"Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. The Department of Community and Economic Development has pledged full cooperation, he added.

The list of Philadelphia businesses that were granted an exemption include an array of sectors, including builders, construction, engineering, and plumbing companies. Others include bike shops, painters, roofers, lawn care and more.

All Philly businesses granted exemptions are listed below:

  • 1935 Partners Llc

  • 24 Hour Cleaning Services, Ltd.

  • 489 Llc

  • Aaa Sunflower Florist

  • Aaplasma Llc

  • Abco Glazing Llc

  • Agustawestland Philadelphia Corporation

  • Alb Granite Inc

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Allevi, Inc

  • American Door And Frame Inc.

  • Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.

  • Aramark

  • Arbours At Eagle Point

  • Asylon Incorporated

  • Axalta Coating Systems Llc

  • Battaglia Associates, Inc.

  • Beach Street Owner, Llc

  • Beckett Life Center/Beckett Garden

  • Benchmark Construction Group

  • Bfm Seating

  • Bhp Armor Llc

  • Bicycle Therapy

  • Boathouse Sports

  • Bob Koch Tree Aervice

  • Bond Products Inc

  • Boost Monile

  • Brands Imaging

  • Bresslergroup Inc.

  • Bricks Management Co. Inc.

  • Cadence Cycling Centers

  • Caledonian Dye Works, Inc.

  • Cardone Industries, Inc.

  • Carl Zeiss Meditec

  • Center City Video, Inc.

  • Cgfns International

  • Cgfns International, Inc.

  • Charles Gratz Fire Protection Co., Inc

  • Chatham Bay Construction Services, Llc

  • Churchville Fabrics, Inc.

  • City Storage Systems Llc ("Cloudkitchens")

  • Cj Drilling, Inc.

  • Collins Dental Laboratory

  • Columbia Silk Dyeing Company

  • Community College Of Philadelphia

  • Compass Retail Display Group

  • Concrete Cutting Systems Inc

  • Cotton'S Place

  • David Thomas Trailways

  • Delaware Valley Asphalt, A Division Of H&K Group, Inc.

  • Destiny Floral Design

  • Diantonios Events And Catering

  • E.J. Electric, Inc.

  • Edward H Meyer And Son

  • Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Www.Ehmkemanufacturing.Com)

  • Ellis Co Llc

  • Ethos Biosciences, Inc

  • Ewingcole Inc.

  • Fastrack Construction, Inc.

  • Federal Supervisory Services, Inc.

  • Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles

  • Fleishman Fabrics & Supplies

  • Flawwlezz Standards Llc

  • Frank B. Claytons's Sons Inc.

  • Frankie's World Foundation

  • Fresh Clean Inc.

  • Friends Of The Schuylkill Navy

  • G.J. Littlewood & Son Inc.

  • Gac Shipping (Usa)

  • Gaffney Fabrics, Inc

  • General Asphalt Paving Co.

  • General Builders Llc

  • Genesis Healthcare Chapel Manor Center

  • George A Schaper & Company Inc Dba Schaper's Supply

  • Ghost Robotics

  • Globe Canvas Products

  • Goodwill Of Southern Nj & Phila

  • Happy Floors Inc

  • Harbison Dairy Redevelopment

  • Harmony Pool And Spa

  • Henkel Roofing Co., Inc.

  • Hernandez Auto Tags I And Insurance Agency

  • Hydrochempsc (Dba Psc Industrial Outsourcing)

  • Hyducks Marine Canvas And Upholstry

  • Ibeachclub Llc

  • Iei Group

  • Industrial Food Truck

  • Interior Creations Inc

  • Irina Sigal

  • Irina Sigal Dressmaker

  • Ironworkers Local 405

  • Itech Electric

  • J & J Seat Cover Co., Inc.

  • J & S Foundation Llc

  • Jackson Taylor Contractors C/O Fed Ex Ground

  • Jade Apparel Corp

  • James D. Morrissey, Inc.

  • James J. Anderson Construction Co., Inc.

  • Jefferson Health Outpatient Specialty Care Facility, 1101 Chestnut Street Lp.

  • Jensen Hughes Inc

  • Joe Brennan Productions

  • Jowitt & Rodgers Co

  • Kearsley Estates

  • Keystone Industrial Sewing Machine Company Inc

  • Knapp Masonry Llc

  • Krg Enterprises, Inc.

  • L&M Fishtown Residences

  • Lasermation, Inc

  • Ldc (Philadelphia & Vicinity) Education And Training Fund, Llc

  • Leones Comp, Llc

  • Lf Driscoll Co, Llc

  • Liberty Coca-cola Beverages

  • Liberty Integrated Solutions, Inc. And Mcdonald Building Co, Llc

  • Lincage Imaging Systems

  • M. J. Electric, Llc

  • M. R. Rose Construction Inc.

  • Maddox Behavioral Health Services

  • Mammoet Northern Usa, Inc.

  • Maternity Care Coalition C/O Shift Builders

  • Matthew Cole, Inc.

  • Mayfair Fitness C/O Dr. Larry Moses

  • Mazer Real Estate

  • Mccormick And Sons Contracting

  • Mcdonald Uniform Co., Inc

  • Meco Constructors Inc

  • Medical Guardian Llc

  • Metal Stock, Inc

  • Mikes Newsstand

  • Mini Melts Ice Cream

  • Mitchell's Lock & Safe Co.

  • Model Finishing Co. Inc

  • Mto Sports

  • Nationalities Service Center

  • Ndi Engineering Company

  • Newsun Fashion

  • Nextfab

  • North 63rd Street Associates

  • Nutritional Development Services

  • Ocf Realty Llc

  • Ohmcomm, Inc.

  • On Site Personnel Llc

  • Oneida Fire Protection, Inc

  • Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

  • Paradise Pillow Inc.

  • Paul Rabinowitz Glass Company

  • Pc Richard And Son

  • Pegasus Home Fashions Inc.

  • Penn Medicine Interventional Support Center (Johnson Controls)

  • Performance Systems Development

  • Personal Touch Construction, Inc

  • Personalized Kicks

  • Phila Steamfitters Local Union 420

  • Philadelphia Council Afl-cio

  • Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation

  • Philip Pio Construction Inc.

  • Philips Brothers Electric

  • Philips Brothers Electrical

  • Pmc Property Group

  • Philly Smart Homes Llc

  • Pop! Promos

  • Port Richmond Tool And Die

  • Power Engineers

  • Prdc Properties, Llc

  • Prwt Services, Inc.

  • Regent Hydraulic & Machine Works Inc.

  • Regus Management Group, Llc

  • Resource Asset Management Solutions

  • Restore Decor Design House

  • Rhoads Industries, Inc.

  • Rising Sun Lawn And Garden Equipment

  • Rock Flavors

  • Rosales Llc

  • Rothe Florists & Greenhouse

  • Rti - Restoration Technologies Inc.

  • Schutz Na Llc

  • Scott Contractors

  • Sooo Trucking Delicious Llc

  • Soz De Aveoffice Owner, Llc

  • Spn Construction

  • Springfield Avenue Holdings Llc

  • Sprinkler Fitters 692

  • Statewide Road Service

  • Stretch Devices Inc.

  • Sw Paging And Comm

  • Teamsters Local No. 115

  • Temple University, On Behalf Of Its College Of Engineering

  • The Construction Of The Provident Public Health Campus By Iron Stone Real Estate

  • The Eby Group Llc

  • The J.S. Vila Co., Inc.

  • The Tri-m Group, Llc

  • Tommy's Laundromat

  • Traffic Management Inc

  • Tridex Technology

  • Trophy Bikesq

  • Truteam - Tri-state Insulation

  • Tsc Apparel

  • Turner Construction Company (‘Turner’) On Behalf Of Wexford Development, Llc, As Developer ('Wexford', And Collectively, The 'Parties')

  • Twindows, Inc,

  • Two Ladies Bakery Products

  • Union Roofing Contractors Inc

  • United Scrap Metal, Inc.

  • Victrola89 Ii Llc

  • W.A. Chester, Llc

  • W.S. Cumby Construction

  • Wag The Dogs Llc

  • Wepener Restoration L.L.C.

  • Wes Paton Construction

  • Wr Family Inc. / Hairtown Vine

  • Wurz Sign Systems, Llc

  • Yard Veteran Llc

  • Zeest N. Pervaiz, P.C. / Pennsylvania Optometrics (Dba)

You can see the full list here.

This article originally appeared on the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch