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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
The opening of Charm City Puppies, a store in Columbia that sells purebred and other boutique puppies, as well as pet accessories, has prompted an online protest by some area residents. The family-owned store, which displays expensive puppies in cribs, has galvanized a local movement against puppy shops. The shops, opponents say, help keep "puppy mills" in business at a time when an overabundance of dogs at shelters is forcing those animals to be euthanized. The owner of the store says the animals he sells have been bred and handled humanely.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 16, 2013
Nordstrom Rack will open its planned store in Columbia today at 9 a.m. The discount format of upscale department store Nordstrom Inc. celebrates the opening of a 41,000-square-foot space with "Rally at the Rack. " The retailer promises music, breakfast treats and gift card prizes. When the store opens, the first 1,000 shoppers to buy something will get a free tote bag. (While supplies last.) The Columbia store , in the former Room Store space, will be the fourth Rack in the state, joining others in Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Towson.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Uptons, an Atlanta-based clothing chain, says it will open a store in Columbia next year as part of its first foray into the lucrative Baltimore-Washington retail market.The privately held chain, which operates 28 junior department stores in the Southeast, says it will open the Columbia store at a 61,000-square-foot site in Dobbin Center, at the corner of Route 175 and Dobbin Road.The shopping center, now anchored by Hechinger and Kmart, is considered a key retail location in the Columbia area.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 3, 2012
The "pop-up" store Microsoft has been planning for the Mall in Columbia will open Oct. 26. Microsoft announced the opening date for the temporary holiday store on Wednesday. In September, the company said the Columbia store will be one of about 30 temporary shops planned for the U.S. and Canada to coincide with the holiday shopping season.  The outlets are designed to complement Microsoft's nearly two dozen permanent stores. (None of those are in Maryland.) Microsoft says it wants to give store customers hands-on experience with its products.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | April 27, 2007
Howard County police were searching for a man who fatally shot a convenience store clerk at a 24-hour 7-Eleven in Running Brook in Columbia early yesterday. Police with K-9 dogs searched the area and adjacent walking paths for the assailant, who a witness said fled on foot from the store in the 5700 block of Columbia Road, soon after the 3:10 a.m. shooting, police said. Police did not reveal the name of the clerk, a 40-year-old woman, because they have been unable to notify her relatives.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | June 21, 1992
Leidig's, a popular county bakery for 45 years, filed last week for bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt.The bakery plans to close its Columbia store in the Long Reach Village Center at the end of this month. But company president Dan D'Alonzo said he hopes to transfer the store's six employees to the Main Street bakery in Ellicott City.D'Alonzo said the company has no plans to close down or start cutting corners."We're not going anywhere, Leidig's has been around for a lot of years and we intend to stay here," D'Alonzo said.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1999
The truffles haven't come in yet. The art of transferring a phone call is still being practiced. The mannequins are naked.But when Nordstrom opens today in Columbia, these crunch-time complications will be history.Nearly 300 buyers, salespeople and other members of the store's team are gliding through the preparations with style.There is even mood music. Nordstrom pianist Diane Waslick plays "Piano Man" and other selections from her retail repertoire.Less than two days before the opening, it's just a matter of fine-tuning, tweaking, "making sure we're perfect," says store manager Joe Greco.
NEWS
August 6, 1993
A 73-year-old Catonsville woman has filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Woodward & Lothrop Inc., claiming a dress rack tripped her, causing her to fall and fracture a shoulder, knee and toe in the Columbia store.In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court, Alice Fruge, of the 200 block of Glen Rae Drive, alleges she was injured on April 15, 1992, in the store in the Columbia Mall on Little Patuxent Parkway.As she walked through an aisle, she tripped on a protruding dress rack, the suit says.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | October 3, 2012
The "pop-up" store Microsoft has been planning for the Mall in Columbia will open Oct. 26. Microsoft announced the opening date for the temporary holiday store on Wednesday. In September, the company said the Columbia store will be one of about 30 temporary shops planned for the U.S. and Canada to coincide with the holiday shopping season.  The outlets are designed to complement Microsoft's nearly two dozen permanent stores. (None of those are in Maryland.) Microsoft says it wants to give store customers hands-on experience with its products.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 16, 2013
Nordstrom Rack will open its planned store in Columbia today at 9 a.m. The discount format of upscale department store Nordstrom Inc. celebrates the opening of a 41,000-square-foot space with "Rally at the Rack. " The retailer promises music, breakfast treats and gift card prizes. When the store opens, the first 1,000 shoppers to buy something will get a free tote bag. (While supplies last.) The Columbia store , in the former Room Store space, will be the fourth Rack in the state, joining others in Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Towson.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
The opening of Charm City Puppies, a store in Columbia that sells purebred and other boutique puppies, as well as pet accessories, has prompted an online protest by some area residents. The family-owned store, which displays expensive puppies in cribs, has galvanized a local movement against puppy shops. The shops, opponents say, help keep "puppy mills" in business at a time when an overabundance of dogs at shelters is forcing those animals to be euthanized. The owner of the store says the animals he sells have been bred and handled humanely.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2012
Wegmans Food Markets has started hiring to fill about 250 full-time jobs for its new Columbia supermarket, which is set to open in mid-June, Wegmans announced Thursday. The grocer plans to hire 700 people total, including part-time workers, to staff the 145,000-square-foot store at Snowden River Parkway and McGaw Road. It will be the fifth location in Maryland for the 79-store chain. Jobs will be available for cashiers and entry-level managers, as well as in the customer service and culinary and restaurant areas.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Larry Carson and Andrea K. Walker and Larry Carson,Sun reporters | June 5, 2007
Wegmans Food Markets Inc., which stirred up regional grocery shopping last year with its first Maryland store, in Hunt Valley, is expanding further into Maryland, with plans to open an outlet in Columbia. The grocery chain said it submitted site plans to Howard County planning officials yesterday for a 160,000-square-foot store at Snowden River Parkway and McGaw Road. The store could open as early as 2009 and is expected to have 650 employees. Wegmans, with headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., is one of several retailers that have taken market share from longtime supermarket chains such as Giant Food.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | April 27, 2007
Howard County police were searching for a man who fatally shot a convenience store clerk at a 24-hour 7-Eleven in Running Brook in Columbia early yesterday. Police with K-9 dogs searched the area and adjacent walking paths for the assailant, who a witness said fled on foot from the store in the 5700 block of Columbia Road, soon after the 3:10 a.m. shooting, police said. Police did not reveal the name of the clerk, a 40-year-old woman, because they have been unable to notify her relatives.
NEWS
December 2, 2005
Let's Dish to open store in Columbia The four owners of Let's Dish in the Mid-Atlantic region have announced plans to open a Columbia store. The company, which bills its services as a "make-and-take social experience," provides kitchen facilities and the makings of high-end meals for commuters, working parents and other exhausted suburbanites burdened by the dinner dilemma. Customers choose a menu, sign up for a two-hour session and prepay online at www.letsdish.com. At the store, customers rotate from station to station, following directions for assembling meals that can be frozen until ready to be cooked.
FEATURES
By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2003
Before the first rays of sunlight baptize the new day, workers will arrive at Hecht's in Columbia today for the store's earliest-ever opening, testament not only that the holiday selling season has arrived, but of the crucial importance the next eight weeks have on retailers everywhere. So much more than an early opening is required, though, for store owners to stand any chance of having an enjoyable holiday season - meaning, of course, a profitable one. Indeed, preparing for the season, which typically runs from the day following Thanksgiving through New Year's Day for most retailers, begins months in advance.
NEWS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Sun Staff Writer | October 27, 1994
Zany Brainy and Best Buy, two retail chains on East Coast expansion binges, plan to make their first forays into Maryland over the next week when they open new stores in Columbia.Both retailers will open stores in Snowden Square, the Rouse Co.'s enormously successful regional shopping center off Route 175 and Snowden Square Road.Best Buy, the nation's No. 3 consumer electronics chain, plans to open its Columbia store tomorrow. It has been expanding rapidly into territories of its chief rival and the No. 1 chain, Richmond, Va.-based Circuit City Stores Inc. Best Buy also plans to open three other stores in Maryland -- Laurel, Gaithersburg and Glen Burnie.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1996
Hecht's department store in The Mall in Columbia is having itself made over.Owned by the May Department Stores Co., the St. Louis-based retail giant, Hecht's plans to build a third-floor level at the Columbia department store this year, according to Cathy Lickteig, a spokeswoman for Rouse Co., which owns the mall.The new estimated 60,000-square-foot addition, which would add a third level to the mall for the first time, should be completed by the fall, part of a storewide renovation.The Hecht's store now has 152,000 square feet of space.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
A patio and pool store is leasing part of the former Upton's department store building at Dobbin Center, and the real estate agent leasing the building is hoping to soon release the name of a larger retailer to occupy the rest of the space. News of the Upton's building lease comes on the heels of an announcement that Wal-Mart will lease the former Kmart building in the same shopping center. The Upton's lease is a sign of revitalization for the aging shopping center and reinforces the strength of Columbia's retail markets outside its village centers, analysts said.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 4, 2003
Howard County police are looking for two men they believe stole laptop computers from 10 stores in east Columbia in December and last month. The men entered the businesses during normal working hours and stayed until closing time. They then pried open doors and stole laptops and projectors, police said. Police said the robberies occurred from Dec. 27 to Friday. Anyone with information about the burglaries is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888. The organization is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests and indictments in the case.
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