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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Let's go shopping! Michael J. Lisicky, a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist and noted chronicler of departed East Coast department stores, had a local hit three years ago with his book, "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops. " Now he is taking us on another nostalgic shopping tour to several of the city's sorely missed stores with the recent publication of his "Baltimore's Bygone Department Stores: Many Happy Returns. " He takes us back to that now-vanished and magical world of perfumed department stores with their tinkling, chiming, paging bells, and elegantly dressed and convivial floorwalkers and sales associates who were willing to help customers find what they were looking for. Lisicky generates memories here of goods beautifully displayed, the slight whooshing sound that the pneumatic tube made as it whisked a charge to the business office for approval and of stores gaily decorated not only for holidays but for various seasons.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Kohl's Department Stores plans to hire roughly 2,300 people at its Edgewood facility in anticipation of online holiday orders, the company said Thursday. The jobs are part of some 67,000 the Wisconsin-based firm expects to add during the holiday season, including roughly 50 people per store and 9,300 at distribution centers, the firm said in a release. Kohl's has roughly 1,160 locations in 49 states. Seasonal hiring at the Edgewood e-commerce fulfillment center will finish in November.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves. Lisicky is second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and also plays the English horn. Two of his main obsessions - and he has many - are music and his dedication to tracing the history of the elegant emporiums of the past. His love for these grand old stores has become a kind of shorthand for his love of his fun and gregarious late mother, Anne.
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April 8, 2014
Retailer Gabriel Brothers Inc. opened the company's new Gabe¹s store in at teh East Park Shopping Center in Glen Burnie on April 5. The store, with more than 50,000 square feet of space, is the company¹s first new store in 2014. Officials said the retailer has plans to open eight other stores in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Ken Seipel, CEO of Gabriel Brothers, said the Glen Burnie store, in the former Wal-Mart space in the 7900 block of Crain Highway, "will be one of our first prototype stores as we begin to accelerate the company¹s growth by adding our second store in the Baltimore area.
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By Bloomberg Business News | March 11, 1992
NEW YORK -- May Department Stores is likely to make a major acquisition in the next several months, analysts say."May wants to buy something, and they've probably been looking around the country for the best possible department store chain," said Peter Siris, an analyst at UBS Securities."
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau | April 18, 1993
Tokyo -- Remember the $65 cantaloupes in those late-1980s stories about lavish Japanese department stores? The $750 neckties? The $4,300 designer suits?Well, they're still there, and that's a big problem -- nobody's buying them these days.For four decades, legendary names such as Takashimaya, Isetan and Matsuya presided regally over the retail segment of Japan's postwar "economic miracle." These symbols of extravagance became a "must see" for millions of tourists from the United States and other countries.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
Consumers hunted bargains in the nation's stores in November, favoring discounters and specialty chains over department stores, and leaving winter apparel untouched on the racks amid spring-like weather throughout much of the nation.The nation's biggest retailers, which reported November sales yesterday, just barely met expectations, as gains at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Gap Inc. helped offset sharp declines at department store chains such as Sears, Roebuck and Co."The department stores have taken a bloodbath," said Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard's Retail Trend Report in Upper Montclair, N.J. "The discount stores are doing quite well and thriving at the expense of the department stores."
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2001
John Francis Baker, former president of the Hecht Co. department stores, died Wednesday of pneumonia and complications from Parkinson's disease at the Genesis Eldercare Network at Spa Creek in Annapolis. He was 83 and had lived in Roland Park before retiring to Annapolis seven years ago. Mr. Baker was named general manager and vice president of what was then called the Hecht-May department stores in Baltimore in 1962. He was subsequently promoted to the chain's presidency and board chairmanship of what is now the Hecht's stores in Baltimore and Washington.
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By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | March 12, 2006
READING, Pa. -- Down the steps of the Boscov's Department Store here, past the display of patio furniture, near the ladies in gift-wrap and squeezed into the basement, you'll find the chain's corporate headquarters. The modest, quaint central suite seems to befit the 40-store company begun 85 years ago by a Russian immigrant in this blue-collar city folded in the Lebanon Valley of eastern Pennsylvania. The halls are a little dark, a little dank. The furniture's a bit dated. The buyers who choose the merchandise to be sold in stores sit crammed behind tall cubicles plastered with family photos and photocopied cartoons.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 18, 2004
PLANO, Texas - J.C. Penney Co. Inc., the second-largest U.S. department-store chain, posted a fiscal second-quarter profit yesterday of $72 million. Profit from continuing operations was 23 cents a share, compared with a loss of $3 million, or 3 cents a share, in the second quarter last year. The figures exclude results from the Eckerd drugstore chain, which was sold this year. Sales in the period that ended July 31 rose 5.8 percent to $3.86 billion. Fiscal second-quarter profit met analysts' estimates.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Letitia Clark Sexton, a volunteer tutor and former department store designer, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 90 and had lived in Stevenson. Born Letitia Clark in Baltimore and raised at Margaret Meadows in Stevenson, she was the daughter of Juliana Keyser Clark, a Women's Hospital trustee, and Gaylord Lee Clark, a Semmes, Bowen and Semmes attorney. She attended the Calvert School and was a 1938 graduate of Saint Mary's in the Mountains in Littleton, N.H. She earned a degree in art and design at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute.
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By Eileen Ambrose and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Young World Store on Liberty Heights Avenue has been cited by the Baltimore City Health Department for selling children's bracelets with excessive levels of lead, the agency announced Thursday. The agency said lead levels in the multicolored bangle bracelet are 25 times the amount permitted. This is the third time in three years that the store at 2401 Liberty Heights Ave. has been cited for lead violations, according to the health department, which alerted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to the most recent findings.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves. Lisicky is second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and also plays the English horn. Two of his main obsessions - and he has many - are music and his dedication to tracing the history of the elegant emporiums of the past. His love for these grand old stores has become a kind of shorthand for his love of his fun and gregarious late mother, Anne.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Kohl's Department Stores said Thursday that it will hire about 1,400 workers at its Edgewood distribution center as it temporarily staffs up for holiday shopping. The company said it began hiring at distribution centers in August and will continue for a few months in preparation for holiday shoppers and other seasonal purchases. Its Harford County e-commerce fulfillment center, at 1701 Trimble Rd., is hiring temporary workers for full- and part-time jobs. Kohl's expects that seasonal hiring in its stores will begin in October.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
Eileen Abato, a retired department store fashion director who became an advocate for AIDS awareness, died of leukemia Thursday at the Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 69. Born Eileen Mary Wible in a Philadelphia suburb, she grew up in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and was a graduate of Mira Costa High School there. In a 1989 Baltimore Sun profile, she recounted that she wanted to go into fashion sales as a teen and joined a work-study program at the May Co. She initially sold hosiery and housewares, but as an 18-year-old, she talked her way into becoming a May Co. fashion coordinator in a newly opened West Los Angeles store.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has appointed a former Bon-Ton Stores executive to its board of directors, the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain said Wednesday. Byron "Bud" Bergren's appointment takes effect immediately, the company said. Bergren had served as chairman of Bon-Ton, a department store retailer with more than 271 locations, until June. Before becoming chairman in February 2012, he had been the department store chain's president and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2011, helping to streamline the company and cut costs.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | October 31, 1990
Get out those credit cards, shoppers -- two new department stores opened in the county this week.Montgomery Ward & Co. in Cranberry Mall in Westminster and Peebles Department Store in Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg opened Monday, with grand opening ceremonies planned later this week.Montgomery Ward, Cranberry Mall's largest anchor, also is opening an Auto Express center.A grand opening ceremony for Peebles, which replaced the Jamesway store that closed in July, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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By Hanah Cho, Andrea K. Walker and Tyeesha Dixon and Hanah Cho, Andrea K. Walker and Tyeesha Dixon,sun reporters | November 25, 2006
The day after Thanksgiving is a special time for Michelle Robinson. Growing up in Atlanta, she and her mother would head to Macy's downtown to browse, shop and eat at the department store's cellar-level market. So, she and her sister-in-law, Jessica Robinson, arrived early yesterday at the Macy's in Towson Town Center expecting to snag some great deals. Though fans of department stores, the women left disappointed. "Macy's is known for great sales," said Michelle Robinson, 36, of Westminster, who managed to pick up a jacket for her husband but nothing else.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 2, 2013
Kohl's Department Stores is giving away prizes in a promotion to spur back-to-school spending. The "Win Great Things Back-to-School Sweepstakes" promotion will run through Sept. 2. Starting Sunday, shoppers will get one scratch-off game piece for every $30 spent for a chance to win items such as Keurigmini-coffee brewers, JanSport backpacks,  iTunes gift cards, movie tickets, Shutterfly prints and other merchandise. The discount department store, which operates 1,155 stores in 49 states,  also will be giving away 50 gift cards totaling $1,000.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Create a fragrance that smells heroic with a touch of villainy - that's what Andrew Levine's Lutherville company set out to do. Considering the name on the bottle, it makes sense. The new Stan Lee's Signature Cologne trades on the geek popularity of a comic-book-industry icon who had a hand in creations spanning the good-evil continuum - from Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men to Loki, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Lee wanted the fragrance to smell like they would smell.
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