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December 22, 2009
Retail Web sites have seen large increases in traffic because holiday shoppers stayed home in large areas of the East Coast because of the weather. The weekend before Christmas is one of the busiest of the year, but snow that stretched from the Carolinas to New England closed malls and kept shoppers off treacherous roads. Web retailers saw heavy traffic during the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, online sales rose 24 percent from the same days last year, Web research company Coremetrics said.
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Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Maryland consumers who shop online at Amazon.com after Tuesday will be paying more — 6 percent of the sale. Yet most shoppers will click "place your order" anyway. The world's largest online retailer will begin collecting Maryland's sales tax as it prepares to start operations of a massive new distribution center next spring in Southeast Baltimore, where it expects to hire more than 1,000 workers. It has already hired part-time and seasonal workers to staff a smaller "sortation" center nearby that will open this fall.
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NEWS
August 7, 2013
Anne Arundel County police say two Upper Marlboro residents have been arrested in a series of theft and fraud cases in which they allegedly distracted female shoppers in local grocery stores, then took their wallets and credit cards. Police arrested Karen Steelman, 52, and Kenneth Harris, 53, and charged them with numerous theft and credit card fraud offenses. Police said they are both suspected in similar "distraction" theft cases in Washington, Virginia and North Carolina. The county's investigation started with two reports in which a man and woman distracted shoppers, then took their wallets.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Consumers who shopped this summer at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, which has 20 Baltimore-area stores, could have been victims of credit card data theft, owner Supervalu Inc. said. The Minnesota-based retailer, which owns Shoppers and other U.S. supermarket chains such as Farm Fresh and Shop 'n Save, alerted customers it had a breach in the computer network that processes payment cards at some of its stores. Account numbers, expiration dates and/or cardholders' names could have been stolen, although the company has not determined whether any thefts occurred.
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By Andrea Walker | andrea.walker@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 19, 2009
The snow scared away most shoppers on a day that usually draws some of the biggest crowds of the season. But the ghost town atmosphere was exactly what drew police officer Lynn Wall to the White Marsh Mall Saturday. "I figured the mall wouldn't be crowded so this would be the best day to go," said Wall, who as a police officer is used to driving in all kinds of inclement weather. She and her teenage daughters had hit clothing stores H&M, Wet Seal and Forever 21 by noon yesterday before settling at the food court for lunch.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
Shoppers by the thousands crowded Baltimore-area stores, beginning their shopping excursions in long lines in the wee hours, proving that Black Friday still holds its appeal to many as the best day to nab holiday deals. Packs of consumers came out even though retailers have been offering similar deals for weeks now — some since around Halloween — in one of the earliest attempts by the industry to try and ratchet up the start of the season. Many shoppers came out right after the dishes were cleared from the Thanksgiving meal in search of deals on Black Friday, the day given the name because it has historically been the day retailers turn a profit for the year, entering the black.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 30, 2013
You're heading out the door for that monthly (or weekly) trip to Costco or BJ's Wholesale Club and a chance for some big savings.  Not so fast. A report from dealnews.com says warehouse clubs have a knack for getting customers to spend more than they intended to spend. So besides bringing along your membership card, arm yourself with some of the money-saving tips from the dealnews report -- "7 Ways Warehouse Clubs Make You Spend More Money. " Here's one: Because low prices make shoppers feel like they're getting a good deal, they tend to buy more than they need.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy workers at some Maryland and Virginia stores have filed unfair labor practice charges against the grocer, accusing store managers of retaliating against workers whose union is negotiating a labor contract. Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, which represents more than 2,000 employees of stores in northern Virginia and in Maryland south of Baltimore, filed the case last week with the National Labor Relations Board. The union said managers have stopped workers from discussing the contract talks with customers and have harassed them off the clock in an attempt to intimidate employees into accepting a contract that includes deep wage and benefit concessions.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Black Friday shoppers awakening from their Thanksgiving turkey hangovers to brave the frigid conditions Friday morning should bundle up. The predawn door-busters were faced with lows in the upper 20s overnight in downtown Baltimore and in the mid 20s in the suburbs, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front over the midwest Thursday afternoon should have moved east through the night and was difficult to detect by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
After a six-week trial and three days of deliberation, a Maryland jury acquitted Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two grocery chain executives Tuesday of federal extortion and bribery charges, ending years of criminal suspicion surrounding the Prince George's County Democrat. But the state senator still faces an ethical inquiry by the General Assembly, which could recommend penalties ranging from a reprimand to expulsion. Currie was indicted last year, alongside two former Shoppers Food Warehouse employees, after a lengthy investigation into allegations that they used a community-relations consulting contract to conceal a bribery scheme in which Currie accepted payment in exchange for legislative favors.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 8, 2014
Discount grocer Aldi is remodeling its Washington Boulevard store and will reopen Aug. 28, the supermarket chain said today. The store will have more refrigeration space, higher ceilings and more natural lighting. The company, known for a low-overhead, store-brand strategy, has been refurbishing stores throughout the Baltimore area. The store at 3140 Washington Blvd. closed for the project on Aug. 3. "As important as price is, there's only one way to attract and keep shoppers: You have to have quality products," said Jeff Baehr, Aldi's Frederick division vice president.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 15, 2014
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying a person believed to be responsible for a recent theft of a wallet from a shopper at the Abingdon Walmart. The victim was at the Walmart on Constant Friendship Boulevard on July 2 when a man asked her to help him get something from a shelf, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday. When she finished helping the man, she realized her wallet had been stolen from her purse. The victim's credit cards were used at the Abingdon Target later that morning, the Sheriff's Office said.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
A renewed effort is underway in Baltimore to impose a fee on most plastic bags handed out in city stores - and supporters believe that charging a nickel for each bag, rather than a dime, will allow the measure to gain enough backing to become law. But some local retailers have joined environmentalists in saying that the city needs to put the charge on both paper and plastic bags. Environmentalists want to encourage city shoppers to carry reusable bags to preserve resources and reduce litter.
NEWS
March 11, 2014
The Sun's coverage of Lexington Market has been one-sided and, in my opinion, borders on being racist ("Baltimore, merchants seek relief for a beleaguered Lexington Market," March 8). I am a teacher at Polytechnic Institute. Every year for more than three decades I have taken my English students to the central Pratt Library for a full day to kick off the work for their research papers. For many of those years, we have all walked from the library to Lexington Market for lunch. Only last month we conducted one of these scholarly field trips for this year's students.
NEWS
February 17, 2014
Shopper loses her purse and finds honesty in grocery store Today I lost my purse at Save A Lot Foods in Arbutus. I didn't realize it for almost three hours and was in a panic mode when I did. I went back to the store and asked the cashier if anyone had turned in my purse and they had. The manager had locked it in the safe. I want to take this time to thank the person, who found my purse. The manager said no name was left but I want to let him/her know how much I appreciate it. This action confirms my faith that there are still many good people around.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Elisabeth Smith is not a navigator hired by the Maryland's health exchange. She can't help anyone sign up for health insurance. Please stop emailing her. Smith isn't sure who is handing out her personal email address, a Gmail account, and she asked exchange officials to stop months ago. But the messages kept coming, peaking in December at up to a dozen a day. Similar pleas for help have finally stopped at the pottery supply business run...
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2011
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is moving ahead with plans to open a new store in Ellicott City next month now that a bankruptcy judge has approved its plans to take over the location now owned by Superfresh. Shoppers expects to take over the store on North Ridge Road on July 7 and reopen on July 17. The pharmacy will stay open during the transition. It will remodel the store during the summer. The company said it was working with the local union to offer jobs to existing Superfresh employees.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Shoppers in Maryland showed up at area malls and other retail outlets in large numbers Sunday, the first day of the state's Tax Free Week. The holiday from state sales tax for most clothing and footwear priced under $100 was an incentive to spend and an added bonus this time of year, said parents goingback-to-schoolshopping with their kids. "I say every dollar counts," said Kristin Ganoe of Hagerstown, who was shopping atMacy's at the Mall in Columbia with her husband, Roman, and daughter Gabriella, who's going into the third grade.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Shafon Robinson found comfort in how well her children seemed to be coping this past week. They had been elsewhere in The Mall in Columbia when the shooter killed two store employees and — in a moment that still haunts her — turned and fired at her. He missed, and in the ensuing days, Robinson felt the fallout for her family would be limited — until she received a call from the school about her youngest. "She won't stop screaming," Robinson said she was told. Anxious outbursts, restless nights and troubled dreams have followed home some of the shoppers and workers who were at the mall last Saturday.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
Customers at most stores in Baltimore would have to pay 10 cents for almost every bag they accept - whether paper or plastic - under legislation headed to the City Council for a vote next week. The legislation - which would apply to most purchases at grocery stores and major retailers such as Target and Walmart - cleared a key council committee Tuesday. The proposal is the latest in a decade-long effort against disposable bags that advocates say is intended to reduce litter and help the environment.
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