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By Eileen Ambrose | August 11, 2011
It seems you can buy just about anything at discount retailer Costco. Now, brides visiting the Costco store in Howard County next week will be able to buy a wedding dress designed by Kirstie Kelly. The four-day trunk show will be held from Aug. 18 through the 21 st at the store at 6675 Marie Curie Drive in Elkridge. The retailer says gowns will start at 40 percent off retail price. Not keen on buying a dress next to gallons of mayonnaise or 300 pairs of tube socks for $10?
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The idea for the business came to Greg Vetter shortly after a friend swiped a two-liter bottle of his mom's homemade lemon-garlic salad dressing from his refrigerator. Inspired by the lengths someone would go to for a dressing by "Tessemae," his mom's nickname, Vetter challenged her: If he got Whole Foods to sell the dressing, she would go into business with him. "She said, 'That's never going to happen,'" he recalled. Five years later Vetter, 31, is CEO of an Essex-based company - Tessemae's - that makes the top-selling dressing in the produce department at Whole Foods.
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By Bloomberg Business News | June 17, 1993
SAN DIEGO -- Costco Wholesale Corp. and Price Co. agreed %% yesterday to merge in a $2.26 billion stock swap that would create the country's largest warehouse club chain. %%%% After months of speculation about a merger, the two companies said they had signed a definitive agreement to combine into a new company called Price/Costco, which would operate 195 clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico with annual sales of about $16 billion."This is a great deal," said Bill Harnisch, president of Forstman-Leff Associates in New York, owner of about 10 percent of Price's shares.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
In your editorial about President Obama's visit to the Lanham Costco to advocate for raising the minimum wage you correctly point out that Costco "has prospered by paying higher wages and offering better employee health coverage than its competitors" ( "The Costco example," Jan. 29). What you failed to note, however, is that a significant portion of Costco's stores on the West and East coasts - including four stores in Maryland - are unionized, with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing those workers.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Harris Teeter and Costco have pulled an antioxidant berry blend from stores because it has been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The product made by Townsend Farms Inc. was sold at Harris Teeters stores April 19 to May 7 under the name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend in 10 ounce bags. The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend in three pound bags. Townsend Farms, Inc. issued a recall of certain lots of the frozen berry blend products on June 4. The blend contains a mix of berries, cherries, and pomegranate.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 18, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - An assistant manager at Costco Wholesale Corp., the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, accused the company of discriminating against female workers by failing to promote as many as 650 women to high-paying management jobs. Shirley "Rae" Ellis said in a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that Costco doesn't post or advertise store manager jobs. She is seeking class action status for the lawsuit, which would enable all 650 workers to sue as a group.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | April 14, 2006
Costco Wholesale Corp., the world's largest membership retail company, will expand to a sprawling residential-commercial development on the edge of Columbia, county documents show. Other records indicate that Lowe's Companies Inc., the giant home-improvement firm, also is intended for the project. Expanding to Gateway Overlook would put both companies within about 2.5 miles of major competitors, BJ's Wholesale Club and Home Depot. The property is bounded by Route 175, Route 108, Lark Brown Road and Old Waterloo Road.
BUSINESS
By Leslie Earnest and Adrian G. Uribarri and Leslie Earnest and Adrian G. Uribarri,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 1, 2007
It was a return policy made in shopper heaven, but it became hellish for Costco Wholesale Corp. Customers at the membership warehouse chain could buy a snazzy big-screen television, use it indefinitely and take it back anytime. They could use their refund to buy a newer model - often for a cheaper price. Costco's generous policy was a big hit with consumers. "It was probably the best return policy in retail," said Jamil Brush, 30, a claims examiner from Los Angeles. "They pretty much would take back anything."
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By Kenneth R. Harney | September 7, 1997
ONE OF the country's largest retailers is about to unveil a novel program that offers consumers substantial cash rebates off real estate brokerage commissions and mortgage rates and fees.The program will provide such big discounts for participants -- averaging more than $6,000 on the sale, purchase and mortgage financing of homes in the $225,000 to $250,000 range -- that it could force other large corporations to create competing arrangements for their own customers.In the process, it could also begin to shake up the traditional relationships among homebuyers, real estate agents and lenders.
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By Robert Nusgart and Robert Nusgart,SUN REAL ESTATE EDITOR | January 25, 1998
The company that was jilted by Long & Foster Realtors last week says it has "verbal commitments" from other brokers to participate in an affinity rebate program that could return thousands of dollars to homebuyers and sellers.AmeriNet Financial Systems Inc., of Englewood, Colo., would not reveal which brokers it has been negotiating with.But according to Monte Helme, vice president for corporate communications, the company expects to have its affinity program available in area Price Club warehouse centers, owned by Costco Cos. Inc., by the spring.
NEWS
February 1, 2014
I fear raising the minimum wage will prove to have unforeseen consequences ( "The Costco example Jan. 30). What about seniors on a fixed income? If they tied Social Security to inflation, as suggested for minimum wage, seniors may be able to buy a $5 cup of gas station coffee. As a former minimum wage earner, I was surprised to see how fast my wages went up by doing my job to the best of my ability. As an employer, I did not want to pay $10.10 to someone who thought they earned that just by showing up. Dan Shannahan, Fullerton - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
"No one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. " That was the message President Barack Obama brought from Tuesday night's State of the Union address to a Costco warehouse in Lanham on Wednesday morning, and it's hard to believe that there's much disagreement on that sentiment. Yet based on the reaction from Congressional Republicans, one would think that President Obama's decision to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for new federal contractual workers to $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25 was tantamount to socialism.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Harris Teeter and Costco have pulled an antioxidant berry blend from stores because it has been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The product made by Townsend Farms Inc. was sold at Harris Teeters stores April 19 to May 7 under the name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend in 10 ounce bags. The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores under the product name Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend in three pound bags. Townsend Farms, Inc. issued a recall of certain lots of the frozen berry blend products on June 4. The blend contains a mix of berries, cherries, and pomegranate.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Costco and the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce are among more than 70 businesses and groups that support raising the minimum wage in Maryland, according Raise Maryland, a group advocating for a higher wage. "We pay a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states where we do business, and we are still able to keep our overhead costs low," Craig Jelinek, Costco's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Instead of minimizing wages, we know it's a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty.
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Liz F. Kay | October 7, 2011
Costco Wholesale Corp. will raise its membership fee $5 to $55 , Reuters reports. Executive members, who earn annual rebate checks, will see their annual membership increase from $100 to $110. Other discount warehouses have already made similar moves. According to the story, BJ's Wholesale increased its membership fee by $5 to $45 in January. Will this decision affect whether you continue to shop at Costco, or whether you plan to join? You have to factor in the increased annual fee to determine whether you could save enough buying in bulk to make it worth your while.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | August 11, 2011
It seems you can buy just about anything at discount retailer Costco. Now, brides visiting the Costco store in Howard County next week will be able to buy a wedding dress designed by Kirstie Kelly. The four-day trunk show will be held from Aug. 18 through the 21 st at the store at 6675 Marie Curie Drive in Elkridge. The retailer says gowns will start at 40 percent off retail price. Not keen on buying a dress next to gallons of mayonnaise or 300 pairs of tube socks for $10?
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The idea for the business came to Greg Vetter shortly after a friend swiped a two-liter bottle of his mom's homemade lemon-garlic salad dressing from his refrigerator. Inspired by the lengths someone would go to for a dressing by "Tessemae," his mom's nickname, Vetter challenged her: If he got Whole Foods to sell the dressing, she would go into business with him. "She said, 'That's never going to happen,'" he recalled. Five years later Vetter, 31, is CEO of an Essex-based company - Tessemae's - that makes the top-selling dressing in the produce department at Whole Foods.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | July 27, 2011
Pricing for prescription drugs definitely isn't transparent. Pharmacies don't post lists of the costs for the medicines they dispense, and they can differ widely, so if it can pay to shop around. This is important to consider whether or not you're using insurance. If you're paying cash for prescriptions, it makes sense to find the pharmacy that charges the lowest price. And insurance doesn't always cover all medicines, and sometimes you will find that the mandatory co-pay is actually higher than the cost of certain drugs.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | July 27, 2011
Pricing for prescription drugs definitely isn't transparent. Pharmacies don't post lists of the costs for the medicines they dispense, and they can differ widely, so if it can pay to shop around. This is important to consider whether or not you're using insurance. If you're paying cash for prescriptions, it makes sense to find the pharmacy that charges the lowest price. And insurance doesn't always cover all medicines, and sometimes you will find that the mandatory co-pay is actually higher than the cost of certain drugs.
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By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2009
There are some items that even small families or couples might consider buying in bulk, provided they have some storage space. It always makes sense to buy the stuff that takes up a lot of real estate in the grocery cart: toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, napkins. If you are a young parent, add diapers and juice boxes to this list. If you are older, add oatmeal. It's the only thing you're allowed to eat in large quantities. Something that I don't recommend buying in bulk is Nova Scotia lox. I don't really know what possessed me to pick up the package at Costco.
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