Though Newbold is largely residential, the major streets of Snyder, Passyunk, and Broad each host a distinct shopping corridor. Just to the east of Broad is the East Passyunk commercial corridor which cuts through South Philadelphia and extends to the famous Italian market area around Washington Avenue. In recent years, the revitalization of East Passyunk has made it a restaurant destination. The East Passyunk business improvement district formed to organize and support the businesses and enhance the main street experience. To the northwest, the Point Breeze Avenue shopping corridor has experienced decline over the last few decades, but the Point Breeze coalition is currently carrying out a strategic revitalization plan. Less than a mile away, big-box retail and grocery stores exist at the western end of Oregon Avenue.
Slightly farther to the east on Columbus Boulevard lies another district of shopping centers including IKEA, Target, and Walmart. These stores may be seen as a resource because they are easily accessible for Newbold residents.
There is a relatively diverse mix of businesses in Newbold with consistent and stable volume. Personal services and specialized goods/services consist of over sixty percent of the businesses (Fig. 2). There are myriad businesses supporting the nearby health center and hospital, including doctors, dentists, optometrists, medical billing services and hearing specialists (Fig. 3). A one block section of Chadwick and Bancroft Streets serves as an auto repair and service district. Although some of the businesses are spread out through the study area, the majority of the businesses are located on Snyder, Broad and Passyunk and there are very few vacancies along the commercial corridors. Many of the businesses are locally owned and operated. There are major chains and corporations, such as Verizon and Sunoco. Several businesses, such as the Melrose Diner and Texas Weiners, were established in the 1920s and 1930s. The central location of the Melrose Diner makes it a local landmark.