May 18, 2007
Discovery Communications of Silver Spring is closing its 103 retail stores - including three in Maryland - and laying off 1,000 employees to focus on selling its products online and through mass-market retailers, the company announced yesterday. After studying its retail business this year, Discovery, which operates its namesake cable channel and other channels, said it could expand its merchandising and sell its branded products more efficiently through a combination of online sales and partnerships.
November 21, 2005
Construction workers building Canton Crossing toil at great heights to add metal decking, reinforce the roof and complete other projects for the 17-story tower. The building, developed by banker Edwin F. Hale Sr., will house the headquarters for First Mariner Bank as well as other corporate offices, restaurants and retail stores.
August 18, 2005
It was 1965 when Octavia Dugan, a local beauty with an eye for fashion, opened her elegant store in the start-up Village of Cross Keys. The shop, simply called Octavia, was an instant hit among Baltimore's fashionable moneyed set - women like Dugan, then nearing her 50s, who wanted a local place to buy classic suits and tailored ensembles for daytime wear and sophisticated dresses for the evenings. Forty years later, Baltimore's moneyed set wears designer jeans and jeweled flip-flops during the day and has stepped up the sexy quotient for nighttime affairs.
November 6, 1996
Salisbury's Route 13 will get another large shopping center in the summer of 1998, according to the retail brokerage firm of Hicks & Rotner Retail Inc.Named North Salisbury Plaza, the center will be leased to two or three large retail stores, such as a Hecht's or Hechinger, and three smaller, free-standing shops, said David A. Ward, vice president of Hicks & Rotner.Ward said his firm has not signed any leases with stores, but negotiations have begun. The smaller stores could be a gas station or fast-food restaurant, which rely on people spotting them easily from the road as they drive by.The center is one of two developed by Petric Dierman Kughn of McLean, Va., and Hicks & Rotner.
March 23, 2011
AAA, Goodwill offer "Luggage Trade-In/Trade-Up" program What's the deal? Donate your gently used luggage to Goodwill Industries retail stores and receive a discount voucher good for the purchase of new luggage from local AAA Mid-Atlantic stores. What are the savings? For every piece of gently used luggage dropped off at one of Goodwill's donation centers by April 16, donors will receive a discount voucher good for 40 percent off a piece of Antler Luggage or $25 off a luggage purchase of $50 or more.
June 3, 2007
Eras don't last long anymore. Take the era of direct sales of computers, for example. It was fun while it lasted, especially for entrepreneur Michael Dell. It spawned a notable case study in corporate innovation that was extolled in business school pulpits worldwide. Lectures, essays and test questions were built upon it, while competitors scurried to emulate it. Popular culture adopted it. From 2001 through early 2003, Steven the Dell dude was a phenomenon on commercial airwaves, proclaiming his catchphrase: "Hey, dude, you're getting a Dell!"