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By Andrea K. Walker, Paul Adams and Julie Scharper and Andrea K. Walker, Paul Adams and Julie Scharper,Sun Reporters | August 5, 2008
Regional department store chain Boscov's Inc. filed yesterday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it would close 10 stores, including anchors in three of the Baltimore area's largest malls, as the company suffers from slumping sales amid the housing and credit crunch. Boscov's, based in Reading, Pa., will begin liquidation sales immediately and will close those "underperforming stores" when the entire inventory is sold, which officials estimate will take one to two months. About 1,400 employees, including about 400 in the Baltimore area, will lose their jobs.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
Baltimore County police are investigating a rash of robberies at Goodwill stores in the northeastern area of the county. The Cockeysville and Towson stores have each been robbed twice since Nov. 11. The latest incident occurred Friday evening at the Cockeysville Goodwill, which was also robbed Nov. 11. A masked man, armed with a handgun, entered the store in the 200 block of W. Padonia Road at about 8 p.m. Friday. At gunpoint, he forced several customers and employees into the office.
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BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2001
Discount retailer Ames Department Stores Inc. is preparing to close two Baltimore-area stores early next year as part of a larger plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The stores to close are the Annapolis Road store in southern Baltimore and the York Road store in Timonium. Two Ames stores in the city will remain open, as will 19 others across Maryland. Rocky Hill, Conn.-based Ames plans to close a total of 54 stores in 11 states by March. About 3,000 employees will be affected.
NEWS
By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
A 25-year-old man was shot above the left eye Thursday night outside a Baltimore drug store, but was expected to survive, according to police. A department spokeswoman said an officer responding to a call about a shooting shortly after 10 p.m. found the man lying on the ground outside a Walgreens store on the 2300 block of W. Patapsco Ave. and called paramedics. The victim was taken to a hospital with what the spokeswoman said was a nonfatal wound. Detectives from the department's Southern District were investigating the shooting.
BUSINESS
By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | November 10, 1995
In a major mid-Atlantic thrust, Men's Wearhouse Inc. yesterday confirmed plans to enter the Baltimore-Washington market with about 20 stores, offering a sartorial alternative to consumers but posing a threat to competitors.The Fremont, Calif., company, among the nation's largest discount retailers of men's tailored clothing, expects to open about eight stores next spring -- two in Baltimore and six in Washington.Within 18 months, the chain plans about four stores in Baltimore and 16 in Washington.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,Sun reporter | January 22, 2008
Sender "Sandy" Shapiro, a Holocaust survivor who owned and operated small grocery stores in Baltimore for many years, died Sunday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown of complications from pneumonia. He was 84. The Pikesville resident moved to Baltimore from New Jersey in 1962 and operated a grocery store in West Baltimore, relocating after the 1968 riots to the city's Pigtown neighborhood. Born in 1923 in Sosnowitz, Poland, Mr. Shapiro went to work in his early teens, helping support his family in a cap-making workshop run by his father.
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By Jacques Kelly | January 22, 1991
The crowd at Epstein's department store in Highlandtown didn't believe the end had come.Epstein's, the last of the family-owned and operated department stores in Baltimore, is going out of business. The store's closing was the talk of Eastern Avenue as customers picked over the final inventory on a gray January afternoon.How many parochial school boys' white shirts, blue pants and navy ties came from Epstein's? Ditto wastepaper baskets, cotton-and-poly housecoats and pacifiers known as "binkies?"
BUSINESS
June 28, 1997
Sears, Roebuck and Co. converted five National Tire Warehouse Stores in Baltimore this week to a new store format and renamed them National Tire and Battery Stores.The conversion is part of a nationwide effort by Sears to turn 275 NTW stores that it acquired with the purchase of Western Auto in 1988 into a more appealing format. Sears had operated the stores with the NTW name.The company said it plans to build 100 NTB stores every year until it has about 700 stores nationwide.Market surveys showed that most people consider tire shopping a chore.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2000
Laundromax, a Florida chain that hopes to do for coin-operated laundries what Blockbuster did for video rentals, has targeted Baltimore as one of its top markets in an aggressive expansion. The 3-year-old, privately owned company said yesterday that it plans 20 superstores in the Baltimore area by 2004. It has opened two city stores so far. But, unlike in other cities where it is expanding, Laundromax will likely face tough competition from a more established, locally based chain of coin laundries.
BUSINESS
By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1996
LAS VEGAS -- Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, a 135-store chain based in McLean, Va., plans to open 11 stores in the region over the next year.Three of them will be in the Baltimore area and eight in the Washington area, Alan Manstof, the company's co-founder, said at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention.The expansion is expected to mean nearly $4 million in site development and the creation of about 275 jobs, about half of them full-time positions.Chesapeake Bagel, which has about 50 stores in the region, will open two stores in Baltimore County and its first in Baltimore on Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor area over the next several months, Manstof said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2010
Tiffany & Co., the jewelry store with the signature blue box and highly sought-after gifts, opened its 80th store Friday morning in Towson Town Center's luxury wing. The 3,700-square-foot store will primarily focus on jewelry, but will also carry the company's line of sunglasses, according to George Getschel, director of Tiffany at Towson Town Center. Inventory ranges from charms and silver bracelets for less than $100 to engagement rings and diamonds exceeding $100,000. Customers will also be able to order items from other stores, according to Getschel, a trained gemologist whose great-grandfather started the Albert Smyth Co. The store features many of the same architectural details found in the company's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York, which was founded in 1837.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2010
Electronics chain hhgregg had been content to methodically grow from its Midwest roots until the recession hit — and then the retailer became more aggressive than ever. While other retail chains were toppling all around it, Indianapolis-based hhgregg turned economic malaise into opportunity and began scooping up bargain leases. It opened about two dozen stores during the past year, with plans to open as many as 45 more new stores in the coming year. The company's red-and-white banner is now part of the retail landscape in the Baltimore area, where it celebrated the grand opening of six stores last week.
BUSINESS
March 23, 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. The retailer hhgregg has nearly 130 stores in a number of states from Florida to Indiana.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | May 30, 2009
Dorothea "Doty" Brown, who fled Nazi Germany and ran a chain of children's shops in Baltimore, died of an infection May 23 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Village of Cross Keys resident was 94. Born Dorothea Dreifuss in Berlin, she became a professional portrait photographer and often took pictures of children. "She was raised in a very reformed Jewish home. Her mother had converted to Judaism," said her son, Gary Schoenemann of Owings Mills. "She had a private Jewish education, and the emphasis of the household was on culture, education and sports."
NEWS
May 22, 2009
Groups say CVS selling expired items About 20 food union representatives and members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now rallied Thursday outside a CVS drugstore in Northeast Baltimore, alleging that the pharmacy sells expired over-the-counter medicine and milk products. The demonstration was part of a nationwide protest in nine states organized by Change to Win, a coalition of seven unions and 8 million workers fighting for affordable health care and retirement benefits.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker, Paul Adams and Julie Scharper and Andrea K. Walker, Paul Adams and Julie Scharper,Sun Reporters | August 5, 2008
Regional department store chain Boscov's Inc. filed yesterday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it would close 10 stores, including anchors in three of the Baltimore area's largest malls, as the company suffers from slumping sales amid the housing and credit crunch. Boscov's, based in Reading, Pa., will begin liquidation sales immediately and will close those "underperforming stores" when the entire inventory is sold, which officials estimate will take one to two months. About 1,400 employees, including about 400 in the Baltimore area, will lose their jobs.
NEWS
January 2, 1991
Ida Ginsberg, a businesswoman who helped break down racial barriers in Baltimore more than two decades before the civil rights movement of the Sixties, died yesterday at the Levindale nursing home after a long illness. She was 88.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.Mrs. Ginsberg, a buyer for fine women's apparel stores in Baltimore, became the first person in Baltimore to employ blacks as managers and buyers when she opened her own shop, Carver's, in 1936.
NEWS
August 29, 2004
Marjorie Zentz, a longtime handbag buyer for the old Stewart's department stores in Baltimore, died of cancer Monday at a Charlotte, N.C., nursing home. She was 79. Marjorie McClellan was born in Columbus, Ga., and as child moved to Baltimore, where she lived for most of her life before moving to North Carolina three years ago to be near her son, John R. Zentz. She was a graduate of Eastern High School. During World War II, Mrs. Zentz worked in the office of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun reporter | July 10, 2008
The TastyKake truck comes three times a week to the corner store on North Mount Street, rumbling past drug dealers and piles of trash to fill the racks with cupcakes and cream-filled chocolate bars. The Utz man comes twice to deliver little bags of chips, each one containing about 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of fat. But if the owner of Blooming Sun Market, Grace Lyo, wants to sell fruits or vegetables, "I have to go to Sam's Club and get them myself." As public health researchers grapple with the alarmingly high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease in poor urban neighborhoods, they are turning their attention to corner stores.
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