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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
When it comes to media spending, Democrats Anthony G. Brown and Douglas F. Gansler are like distance runners intent on keeping their rival close. The two most visible candidates in the primary for governor each spent more than $2 million on television and radio advertising from early March until late May, according to documents and campaign interviews. But there is a difference. Trying to seize an advantage in the Baltimore battleground, Brown outspent Gansler by more than two-thirds on network broadcast stations in the Baltimore market.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season, according to figures provided by the channel. O's games averaged a 5.9 household rating this season, which means 5.9 percent of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market watched the games throughout the season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6 percent. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers.
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NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
When Kevin Luskin decided to fill a vast, long-vacant spot in a shopping center he owns in Towson, he envisioned a "category killer" store that would specialize in sofas and other seating - a store that would defy customers to leave without finding what they wanted. Luskin and his brother, Cary, opened the Sofa Store in April in a retail center that was once the site of a Luskins, the now-defunct TV and appliance chain founded by their father, Jack Luskin, who is now retired. The 50,000-square-foot showroom on Cromwell Bridge Road is filled with sofas, recliners and home accessories, and offers hundreds of options in fabric and design.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Yankees-O's game on ESPN Sunday night was watched in 1.5 percent of American homes, and 8.3 percent of households in the Baltimore market, according to overnight ratings provided by the sports cable channel. By comparison, the Ravens-Lions game last December on ESPN drew an audience almost five times as large and was seen in 40.2 percent of Baltimore homes. Maybe it's unfair to compare baseball and football given the number of games in a season, but I think ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball has become almost unwatchable -- or, at least, unlistenable with Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the booth.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur will run the first television ad in her drive for the Democratic nomination starting in the Baltimore market next week, her campaign said. With three weeks to go when the ad starts running on broadcast stations Tuesday, Mizeur will become the last of the three contenders in the June 24 Democratic primary to go up on TV. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler have been running ads for many weeks in a rivalry that turned sharply negative this week.
BUSINESS
By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
Another "category killer" is coming to the Baltimore area.HomePlace Inc., a Cleveland-based home furnishings retailer, plans to enter the Baltimore market, the company confirmed yesterday.Details were unavailable, but typically each store -- called a category killer because of the breadth of merchandise -- is about 50,000 square feet and hires from 80 to 100 employees, both full-time and part-time.The move into Baltimore is part of a major expansion plan for the privately held chain, which opened its first store in September in Dallas and will open its 11th in Tulsa this weekend.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | January 12, 1994
A Washington real estate firm's effort to move into the Baltimore market has fizzled. Spaulding & Slye shut its Towson commercial brokerage office and said it will close its local property management arm after it sells the two properties it oversees for Aetna Life & Casualty Co.The move represents a victory for Colliers Pinkard of Baltimore, which was upset by Spaulding's move into the market in February. Colliers Pinkard has an agreement to be the exclusive area representative of Colliers International, a network of commercial real estate firms.
NEWS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1996
The CVS pharmacy chain plans a major push into the Baltimore market, with a target of 50 stores in three to five years, company officials said yesterday.CVS already has seven free-standing pharmacies and three mall locations in the Baltimore area, with three more under construction and another two planned for next year.The company is looking primarily at free-standing stores, and almost all will have a drive-through, Fred McGrail, director of corporate communications, said in an interview.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2010
By the time she reads this article, Bridget McNamee ought to be one happy woman. On the morning of the night that McNamee and her fiance, Gareth Port, were to be married, he put aside a "to-do" list that was chock-full of chores he needed to have accomplished before the 5 p.m. ceremony in Nottingham — chores such as "get a haircut" and "buy cigars. " Instead, with his best man in tow, the 29-year-old was at the Towson Town Center. He was waiting for the brand new Tiffany store to open its doors for the first time so he could buy a bauble for his bride-to-be.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,Sun Reporter | October 15, 2006
As Boscov's department store chief Kenneth S. Lakin stood last week among the buzz of workers preparing to open three new stores in the Baltimore area, he was reminded of advice an uncle once offered while building the 95-year-old family retail chain. "You can always get married again," Al Boscov once said. "But you can only open a store once." Boscov's executives, in the midst of the company's largest expansion in its history, are bringing new stores to the Baltimore area Oct. 28 in Marley Station Mall, Owings Mills Mall and White Marsh Mall with $12 million in renovations.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | July 10, 2014
More homes sold in the Baltimore region in June than in any month for the last seven years, while median prices and available inventory also increased slightly, according to a report released Thursday. The modest improvement across all fronts -- sales rose 2.8 percent year-over-year to 3,154 -- is “good news” for sellers and buyers, said Corey Hart, senior product manager for RealEstate Business Intelligence, which produced the report and is a subsidiary of the MRIS multiple listing service.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
As head of the Comcast region serving Baltimore City, I would like to address and correct inaccuracies about our local offerings in this paper's recent commentary entitled "Faster, cheaper, better broadband in Baltimore" (June 30). Comcast operates in a highly competitive marketplace, and our Baltimore City customers already receive our fastest high-speed Internet and advanced video, voice and smart home technologies. We deliver the same speeds in Baltimore City today as we do across other parts of Maryland, with the same competitive standalone Internet prices and special bundled packages and promotions.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Sunday's United States vs. Portugal World Cup match was the most watched soccer match in American history, and it set a viewership record here in Baltimore as well.   The Baltimore market had the eighth-highest rating in the country, with an 11.0 overnight rating, according to ESPN. Baltimore was one of 18 markets that set all-time records for soccer viewership. Washington, D.C., led the way with a 13.3 rating, and is the overall leader through 32 matches with a 5.0 rating, ESPN announced Monday.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Heavy construction is to begin this month at Harbor Point. While Beatty Development Group, the company leading the project, has been in the headlines, it's another company that will be doing much of the heavy lifting: Armada Hoffler, which was announced in April as the winner for the $165 million construction contract. The Virginia-based company previously worked with developer Michael Beatty on the construction of many of the buildings in Harbor East, including the Four Seasons and the Legg Mason tower.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
When it comes to media spending, Democrats Anthony G. Brown and Douglas F. Gansler are like distance runners intent on keeping their rival close. The two most visible candidates in the primary for governor each spent more than $2 million on television and radio advertising from early March until late May, according to documents and campaign interviews. But there is a difference. Trying to seize an advantage in the Baltimore battleground, Brown outspent Gansler by more than two-thirds on network broadcast stations in the Baltimore market.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur will run the first television ad in her drive for the Democratic nomination starting in the Baltimore market next week, her campaign said. With three weeks to go when the ad starts running on broadcast stations Tuesday, Mizeur will become the last of the three contenders in the June 24 Democratic primary to go up on TV. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler have been running ads for many weeks in a rivalry that turned sharply negative this week.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2011
The closing of 25 Superfresh stores in the Baltimore area this summer meant new opportunities for other grocers looking to move to the region. One of those was the ShopRite chain, which opened stores last month in old Superfresh buildings in Timonium and White Oak. ShopRite is part of WakeFern Food Corp., a cooperative of companies that pool their resources to buy food at lower prices and thus have more money to spend on marketing. The New Jersey-based co-op includes 47 members that own more than 230 ShopRites in six states; it lists eight other stores in Maryland.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1998
H. Wayne Huizenga never seems to do anything on a small scale.He won national recognition and enormous wealth by turning Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. and Waste Management Inc. into industry giants, then was vilified for turning his Florida Marlins baseball team from world champions into also-rans in a matter of months.Now he is bringing his fast-lane approach to automotive retailing to town -- and the Baltimore market might never be the same.Twenty months ago his company, Republic Industries Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., began a nationwide buying spree that turned it into the world's largest auto retailer.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
Real estate experts offered a gloomy view of the market for some of the office space in the core of downtown, telling the Baltimore Development Corp. Thursday it is becoming harder for owners of offices along the Baltimore and Charles Street corridors to find tenants. Overall vacancy rates are at about 17.8 percent, down from the 2010 peak of 20.8 percent, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, which presented to the BDC at its monthly meeting. Along the Pratt Street corridor, where many of the premium properties are located, vacancy hit a five-year low of 14.9, according to the presentation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Even though next week's first gubernatorial debate is being co-hosted by two taxpayer-funded state universities, Baltimore viewers are not scheduled to be able to see it. The event featuring Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 7 at the University of Maryland, College Park and will be broadcast live on Washington's NBC-owned station, WRC-TV (Channel...
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