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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
The Big Screen Store in Towson is now sharing top billing with its sister store. The retailer of home audio and video equipment is relocating to the building occupied by The Sofa Store, which are both owned by the Luskin family. The two will share a 50,000-square-foot space that The Sofa Store moved into last year. The location, off Cromwell Bridge Road , is just across the parking lot from the original Luskin Hill building where the home theater retailer opened in 1996. The store's owners said the move was an effort to streamline costs and operations.
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By Linda Burkins and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Step into Baron's K9 Country Store, and the official “greeters,” Louie and Drake, will welcome you. The two dogs are successors to Baron, the departed golden retriever once owned by proprietors Stacy Martin-Duffy and John Duffy. Located between the Hickory Bypass and Route 23, Baron's K9 Country Store is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The all-natural pet products store evolved from Martin-Duffy's pet-sitting service and her interest in holistic health.  “I would see an issue with a client's dog or cat, and I'd refer them to places on the Internet for products.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 2, 2011
Syms Corp., the owner of Filene's Basement, announced today that both companies have filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. Rather than reorganize its finances and continue operating, though, Syms said it concluded that liquidation was the best move for shareholders. The 102-year-old Filene's had been in bankruptcy in 2009 when Syms, founded in 1959, acquired the retailer's assets in a bankruptcy auction. But a turnaround wasn't possible. In a statement, Syms CEO Marcy Syms said: “This has been a challenging time for Syms and Filene's Basement.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Offenbacher Aquatics Inc., a regional retailer of patio furniture, grills and fireplaces, has been acquired by a private equity buyout firm that plans to expand the chain and upgrade stores and the online presence. Antson Capital Partners LLC, based in Baltimore, said Wednesday it acquired the Lanham-based retailer's seven stores, in Maryland and Virginia. Financial terms were not disclosed. "Offenbacher's has strong name recognition and presents us with a substantial opportunity to increase market share in the region and expand our footprint," Andrew Cohen, an investor who was named chief executive officer of Offenbacher, said in the announcement.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy will close two unprofitable stores in Maryland on Friday. The stores to be closed are at 11120 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills and 2430 Broad Ave. in Timonium. The grocery chain is also closing three stores in Virginia. The closings come shortly after SuperFresh, whose parent company is operating under bankruptcy, also closed stores in Maryland. "Given the competitive markets we operate in, and today's difficult economic environment, it is occasionally necessary to close those stores that are not profitable," Shoppers said in a statement.
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Lorraine Mirabella | June 20, 2012
Haverty Furniture Cos. Inc.is expanding in Maryland and opening a new furniture showroom in Towson next week. Havertys will open Thursday, June 28 at Towson Place in the former Filene's Basementspot. It is the fourth in Maryland and the seventh in the larger Baltimore/Washington region, with stores in Columbia, Rockville and Bowie. The more than 100-year-old Atlanta-based chain now runs more than 100 furniture stores in 17 states, featuring its own brand of Havertys Collections.
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April 11, 2014
Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek Inc. on Friday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer said it plans to close its stores by early summer. Coldwater Creek joins other retailers to seek protection from creditors in recent months as consumers keep a lid on spending. The company said it plans to wind down its operations over the coming months and begin going-out-of-business sales in early May, before the traditionally busy Mother's Day weekend. Coldwater Creek, which has 365 stores and employs about 6,000 people, has five stores in Maryland.
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Lorraine Mirabella | June 13, 2013
It's not summer solstice yet, but home goods retailer IKEA is jumping in a week early to mark the longest day of the year. The IKEA Midsummer Celebration, in restaurants of all U.S. IKEA stores on Friday, features a smorgasbord with what is probably one of the longest menus of the year. Summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21. Midsummer is an important Swedish summer holiday, the retailer says, and Friday's buffet menu will reflect that. Besides meatballs with lingonberries, customers will find herring, poached salmon, Swedish cheeses, salads, boiled dill potatoes, hard boiled eggs with shrimp, Swedish ham, crispbread and strawberries with whipped cream, among other menu items.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
In a bygone era, Galesville's house-size stores — mostly trading in household goods for this rural town — were miniature economic engines of the community. They were also places in the southern Anne Arundel County town where people gathered with their neighbors, catching up on news and playing checkers. Now the old culture and commerce in this village of about 200 households feels like ancient history. Advocates are working to preserve recollections and mementos from a time before residents were accustomed to traveling miles by car to shopping centers.
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Eileen Ambrose | January 5, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that Macy's Inc. will close nine underperforming stores nationwide:  five Macy's and four Bloomingdale's. Among the closures are Macy's store in Laurel and the Bloomingdale's in North Bethesda. Overall, according to AP, more than 830 employees at the nine stores will be affected. They will be eligible for new jobs at other stores the retailer expects to open.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Kmart plans to close its Wabash Avenue store in Baltimore by early December, laying off more than 100 employees as the company works to improve its financial performance, according to a notice submitted to the state last week. Representatives of Klein Enterprises, which owns the Wabash Avenue center, said Kmart's parent company, Sears Holdings Corp. had not notified them definitively about the decision, but believe the closure provides an opportunity to reinvent the northwest Baltimore property.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Kevin Luskin comes from a Baltimore-based retail family known for building businesses on cutting-edge home products. Today, it's curved-screen, smart televisions. But at one time it was refrigerators. Luskin's father, Jack, and uncle, Joe, started the Luskins' home appliance business after World War II by convincing consumers to switch from iceboxes to refrigerators. Jack Luskin eventually expanded into electronics and grew to 60 stores in 21 states with the help of his famous slogan, "The Cheapest Guy in Town.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
T.J. Maxx will open late next year at The Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, and a new Pier 1 Imports opened Monday at Annapolis Towne Center in Parole. Apparel discounter T.J. Maxx has signed a lease for more than 22,000 square feet at Waugh Chapel, a mixed use development of shops, offices and apartments, developer Greenberg Gibbons said today. The store will join sister companies Marshalls and Homegoods in the west Anne Arundel County center. Pier 1's newest Annapolis store, the 22nd location in Maryland, features a store design that lets shoppers try out products more easily.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Regional retailer Shoe City plans to open five new stores, including three Baltimore-area locations. The athletic footwear and apparel chain signed leases in Eastpoint Mall, Erdman Shopping Center and Edgewater Village Shopping Center, H&R Retail, the chain's real estate brokerage firm, said Monday. The new stores, which also include locations in Landover and Hampton, Va., range in size from 5,000 square feet to 6,700 square feet. Shoe City, which started in 1949 in Baltimore as Eileen Shoes and rebranded as Shoe City in 1980, now runs 33 stores in Maryland, Washington and Virginia.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The federal government plans to shift the cost of accepting food stamps to retailers in the coming weeks, a move that Baltimore officials and anti-hunger advocates said Tuesday could make it harder for some families to buy groceries. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her administration are working with advocacy groups to inform merchants of the change and to help them prepare. About a third of the city's population relies on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, known as food stamps.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Ravens are offering a large-scale exchange of Ray Rice jerseys next week at M&T Bank Stadium. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated Monday, and he's been indefinitely suspended by the NFL after a graphic video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in the elevator of Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in February. The exchanges are set for Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, allowing fans to exchange the Rice jersey for an available jersey of another Ravens player. There's no jersey exchange for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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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 Andrea K. Walker | andrea.walker@baltsun.com | March 22, 2010
Electronics retail chain hhgregg plans to open six stores in the Baltimore area later this year, filling a void left when Circuit City went out of business last year. The Indianapolis-based chain will open stores in Hanover, Annapolis, Catonsville, Bel Air, Towson and Glen Burnie – some in former Circuit City buildings. It expects to hire 50 people at each store. The openings are part of an expansion by the company in the mid-Atlantic. hhregg has 129 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
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August 29, 2014
Regarding your Reuters report on Family Dollar stores, a little fact-checking and a more skeptical attitude surely could have produced a more convincing article ("Dollar stores count on poverty," Aug. 29). The report states that "Dollar stores offer their customers low prices by not necessarily the best value. "For example, Huggies diapers were selling this month in a Family Dollar store for 27 cents a diaper in an 80-diaper pack. "But at Wal-Mart, shoppers could pay 17 cents a diaper if they bought the larger 120-diaper pack.
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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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