Heating oil co. picks up defunct contracts

February 6, 2008 4:08:09 PM PST
We have an update on a home heating oil company that shut its doors plus, three companies have been indicated over contaminated pet food. And there's disappointing news for customers of a popular women's clothing chain.

Back in December, we told you customers of David P. Gappa Oil Company were complaining. They had pre-paid for oil but the company wasn't delivering. Now there's a piece of potentially good news for those consumers.

Since December the Chester County detective's office has received about 400 complaints about the business. On Wednesday Fleet Fuel of Exton told Action News it has assumed the business and is honoring 800 David P. Gappa customer contracts. Fleet Fuel also said it is extending the pre-paid contracts by 30 days to June 30th.

However, Chester County detectives told Action News it is not aware of the details of the transaction and its investigation is continuing.

Meantime, former David P. Gappa fuel company customers have set up a blog about the company to keep consumers informed.

For more information:
David P. Gappa Customer Blog
Chester County Detectives

Charming Shoppes Inc. has announced it has cut 200 jobs and will close 150 stores. The closings will include 100 Fashion Bug locations and 4 Petite Sophisticate full-line retail stores.

The Bensalem-based company, which also operates Lane Bryant stores, will also significantly pare back on new store openings.

For more information:
Charming Shoppes Inc. Press Release

Remember the tainted pet food that killed dozens of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China? On Wednesday two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company have been indicted in connection with that situation.

The American company is Las Vegas-based Chemnutra Inc. Chemnutra and its owners face 13 counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce and other charges.

And the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled two more Chinese-made products on Wednesday: children's sketchbooks and hooded sweatshirts.

For more information:
Consumer Product Safety Commission