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By LAURA VOZZELLA | March 12, 2006
I heard Joe's Record Paradise closed its doors in Baltimore, so I phone up Joe Lee, looking for a tear-jerker about vinyl going the way of, well, vinyl. Lee tells a sad tale all right, but it has nothing to do with MP3 and CD players pulling the plug on the classic turntable. In fact, he says, business couldn't be better at his 31-year-old Rockville store. "We're doing super. We're internationally known. We get people from Japan, England," he said. "It's thriving, thriving. We're on TV all the time.
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Lorraine Mirabella | January 8, 2014
Macy's plans to lay off 2,500 workers and close five department stores this spring -- none in Maryland --  in cost cutting moves, the company said Wednesday. While sales and profits have increased over four years, "we have identified some specific areas where we can improve our efficiency without compromising our effectiveness in serving the evolving needs of our customers," Macy's Inc. CEO Terry J. Lundgren said in a statement. UPDATE: Also on Wednesday, 93-year-old retailer Loehmann's said it is going out of business and closing 39 stores in 11 states, including one in Timonium on West Ridgely Road and one in Rockville.
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July 22, 1991
Jeanette Goldman Askin, 80, who once operated a Baltimore dry goods store, died of cancer Wednesday at Sinai Hospital.Funeral services were held Friday at Sol Levinson and Brothers funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.Mrs. Askin lived in Diplomat Condominiums on Clarks Lane. The Baltimore native was a graduate of Eastern High School.She worked as a dental technician before taking over the family-owned dry goods business, Askin and Askin, at 321 W. Baltimore St., after her husband, Milton, died in 1968.
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Susan Reimer | December 24, 2012
There is a most magical hour every Christmas season, and it is not the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, when the darkened church glows with candles in anticipation of a child's birth. It is not dawn on Christmas morning, when excited children wake their parents so they can see what Santa has left under the tree. And it is not that moment on Christmas night, as in "A Christmas Story," when parents tuck the exhausted children into bed and then sip a quiet glass of wine by a dying fire.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | March 12, 1991
Reamer's, a local menswear retailer, has closed its Charles Street location in downtown Baltimore and is consolidating merchandise at its last remaining store in Pikesville.The Charles Street store is the second Reamer's location to go out of business in recent months.A store at Greenspring Shopping Center in Pikesville closed late last year. The Charles Street store, which was part of the Charles Plaza complex and opened in May 1986, closed about a week ago, said Herbert Reamer, owner of the retail operation.
NEWS
November 2, 2004
Robert A. Schultheis, a menswear salesman and former buyer, died of complications from cancer and congestive heart failure Wednesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 62. Born in Philadelphia, where he attended private schools, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Schultheis moved to Perry Hall about 30 years ago and became a men's clothing buyer at Finkelstein's on York Road in Towson, where he also worked in merchandising and advertising. After the store closed, he became a retail consultant, and for the past 10 years sold suits and men's apparel at the Harford Mall Hecht's store.
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December 11, 2004
Rose H. Krieger, who had been a buyer and sales associate for several downtown clothing stores, died in her sleep Monday at Brighton Gardens assisted-living facility in Pikesville. She was 95. Born Rose Herman in Suffolk, Va., she moved to Baltimore with her family in 1924 and graduated from Western High School three years later. She also studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Krieger had been the buyer for Herman's, a North Eutaw Street women's and children's apparel store that had been established by her family in 1933.
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By FRED RASMUSSEN and FRED RASMUSSEN,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1995
Frances Mary Weber, a retired vice president and treasurer of a Parkville moving and storage company that she co-founded with her husband, died Thursday of breast cancer at her Homeland residence. She was 83.Known as Fran, she retired as vice president and treasurer of Weber Moving and Storage Co. in 1986, the same year the firm closed. She and Carl Frederick Weber founded the company in 1930, when they were both 18, in their home in the 7800 block of Old Harford Road.Frances Mary Reisz was born and raised on Dubois Avenue and attended local schools.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | August 10, 2007
A crew of several dozen workers was busy cleaning the popular Lotte Plaza supermarket in Ellicott City yesterday after Howard County health officials closed the store for numerous health code violations. "I personally inspected it today. It's not good," Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the county health commissioner, said yesterday. "It is one of two or three of the poorest examples of supermarket hygiene I've seen in 15 years." Beilenson is a former Baltimore health commissioner. The Asian-themed supermarket on U.S. 40 was closed Tuesday evening for infractions that county food inspectors said included severe rodent infestation, frozen food that had thawed, water dripping from freezers onto food packaging and other maintenance problems.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
A community grocery store that has been passed down through four generations of one New Windsor family will close its doors Dec. 31."Sales are down, that's the main thing. I just can't keep on not making any money," said Neal C. Roop, owner of Roop's Grocery, at 142 Church St. He said he started thinking about closing when sales slacked off during the summer, but made the final decision last weekend, weighing the needs of loyal customers and the possible impact on the community against the decline in income.
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Staff Reports | November 14, 2012
No injuries were reported Wednesday morning in a pair of incidents related to the Salvation Army Thrift Store on East Joppa Road near Towson - one regarding a fire, and another involving an accident in which a fire engine was involved in an accident while responding to the scene. According to Capt. Bruce Schultz, with Investigative Services in the Office of the Fire Marshal, Baltimore County fire crews responded to a report at the Salvation Army store in the 1700 block of E. Joppa Road at about 8:45 a.m. Crews found heavy smoke in the store and a fire in the rear of the store.
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By Katie V. Jones | May 19, 2012
When Frank Spruill first looked into franchises more than 30 years ago, he found three options: fast food, automobiles or books. "It was a no brainer," Spruill laughed this past week, standing inside his Little Professor Book Center in Eldersburg. Soon after deciding to pursue the book market, he opened Little Professor in the Carrolltown Center in 1977, where it was located until six years ago, when it moved to its current location at Liberty Station Shopping Center on Liberty Road.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2011
The news that Borders, the nation's second-largest book chain, is giving up the ghost and closing its doors after 40 years came as no real surprise to anyone. The Wall Street Journal observed last week that Borders' exit was the "'first major casualty of the digital era in buying and reading books. " The Borders empire, which was founded in 1971 in Ann Arbor, Mich., by Tom and Louis Borders, had grown to 500 stores nationwide, while its chief competitor, Barnes & Noble, is No. 1 with 717 stores.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2011
Superfresh now has the blessing of a bankruptcy judge to sell 12 stores, all located in the Baltimore area and Washington. The judge last week approved the sale of 10 stores to a joint venture composed of natural foods chain Mrs. Green's Management Corp. and Village Super Market Inc. Two stores are in Baltimore, on Charles Street and on 41st Street, with the others in Parkville, Arnold, White Oak, Lutherville-Timonium, Cambridge, Chestertown, Brunswick and Washington. The judge previously approved the sale of two other stores.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | December 24, 2009
For a quarter-century, Luke Durant Jr. has been Santa Claus at Mondawmin Mall, every year for six weeks during the lead-up to Christmas Day. His white beard is real, his jolliness an intrinsic part of his nature. Many of the people who placed their kids on his knee over the years also patronized his business a few feet away, a candy store called Somethin' Good, where popcorn, honey cashews, lollipops and candied apples sold in abundance. The store has been a fixture of the mall for 35 years - longer than Durant's been Santa.
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By Bloomberg News | March 20, 2009
Ritz Camera Centers Inc., the largest U.S. camera store chain, has won court permission to liquidate the bankrupt company's Boater's World stores. Ritz should collect $40 million from going-out-of business sales at the 129 stores, company attorney Irving Walker told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath in a hearing yesterday in Wilmington, Del. "This sale is in the best interest of the creditors," Walker said. Beltsville-based Ritz expects to close more than half of its 800 remaining camera stores and reorganize the rest, company attorney Norman Pernick said in an interview.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
HARNEY -- What's a town like this doing without a general store?High in the northwest corner of the county, bumping against Frederick County and Pennsylvania, Harney is just about as far out of the way as Detour.The seclusion means the pay phone booth on Harney Road in the heart of town offers a caller almost as much privacy as his living room.But the sleepy streets leave residents without much to choose from in the way of one-stop shopping.When the Harney General Store closed in April, residents were forced to leave town if they wanted to buy more than the cigarettes and sodas they could get at Ridinger's Store at the corner of Harney and Conover roads.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Evening Sun Staff | March 4, 1991
For years, officials of Levitz, the giant retail furniture chain, had the Baltimore market covered to the south, west and north with stores in Glen Burnie, Catonsville and Timonium."
BUSINESS
By Michael Muskal and Michael Muskal,Los Angeles Times | January 29, 2009
Starbucks Corp. said yesterday that it will eliminate about 6,700 jobs because of the difficult economy. The company becomes the latest to announce job losses and joined major employers such as AOL and Boeing yesterday in detailing layoffs to cope with the current recession. Starbucks said its profit dropped 69 percent in its fiscal first quarter, to $64.3 million. Starbucks said it will close 300 underperforming stores in addition to the 600 it already planned to close in the United States.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun Reporter | August 19, 2008
A half-hour before police were scheduled to close his North Avenue liquor store, Chang K. Yim reluctantly slid down a metal security curtain yesterday and padlocked it himself. "This is the only way I make a living," he shrugged. "For the time being, I'm jobless." Yim's Linden Bar and Liquors became the first business shuttered under the city's public nuisance law, which has been on the books for 15 years but was revised this year, in part because loopholes had made it difficult to enforce.
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