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By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1995
There was no reprieve for Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. in October, as the Joppa-based fashion retailer reported yesterday another month of declining sales.October sales dropped 25 percent, to $39 million, compared with $51.7 million over the same period last year, a decline due in part to store closings. The retailer operated 948 stores at the end of October, compared with 1,221 stores at the same time last year.Sales in stores open at least a year, a crucial gauge of performance because it factors out closed stores, were down 13 percent.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Maryland will get its second Microsoft store on Saturday with an opening at Towson Town Center, the technology giant said Monday. Microsoft opened its first permanent retail outlet in the state  at The Mall in Columbia earlier this month, when about 100 customers lined up outside the open air kiosk-style store. The Towson store will open at 10 a.m. in the mall's level two center court, with a one-day promotion  on  Dell tablets. Dell's Venue Pro 64GB will be available, one per customer, for $129 while supplies last.
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By Kristine Henry and Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1998
The Cosmetic Center Inc. said yesterday that in the wake of widening losses it will close seven poorly performing stores, open eight others and revamp some to give them a higher-end look.The Columbia-based discount cosmetic retailer, which merged in April of last year with Revlon Inc.'s Prestige Fragrance & Cosmetics Inc., reported a net loss for the April-June quarter of $16.1 million, or $1.60 a share. That compared with a loss of $5.2 million, or 54 cents a share, in the same quarter last year.
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By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
While most Marylanders will be shoveling snow and cursing freezing rain Monday, a seasonal chain will be doing operating at the opposite end of the spectrum. They'll be selling ice. Owners of about half of Maryland's Rita's Italian Ice locations are facing a tough decision, just two days after opening for the 2014 season. Michele Hoover, owner of the Dundalk location, opened Saturday. "Not the best timing," she said with a laugh. "The weather is not cooperating so far. " But one aspect of being a Rita's owner makes a snow day less than a laughing matter.
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By Eileen Ambrose and Eileen Ambrose,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2003
Helped by frigid temperatures that boosted purchases of cold-weather clothing, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said yesterday that sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.4 percent in December. The Hampstead-based men's apparel retailer said total sales for the month reached $37.8 million, up 17.3 percent from the $32.2 million posted in December 2001. "We did well in every single category," said Robert N. Wildrick, chief executive officer. The strongest sales, he said, were gift and cold weather items, such as shirts, ties, topcoats, casual coats and gloves.
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January 4, 2008
Walgreen Co. Shares declined $2.28, or 6.1 percent, to $35.06. The largest U.S. drugstore chain by revenue said generic drugs cut December pharmacy sales at stores open at least a year by 4.4 percentage points.
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By a Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
Shares of Landover-based Hechinger Co. fell 11.3 percent yesterday after the retailer said sales at stores open more than a year fell 2 percent last month.In all, sales at the company were up 20 percent to $251 million, with the company's Home Quarters Warehouse providing a 46 percent increase in total sales. The Hechinger stores saw a 2 percent decline in overall sales among old and new outlets.Hechinger said same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least one year, for Hechinger Stores fell 3 percent, while sales at same-store Home Quarters were flat.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 6, 2002
BENTONVILLE, Ark.- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s same-store sales rose 6.2 percent last month, more than the world's largest retailer had forecast, as it gained sales at the expense of department stores and grocery chains. The retailer said yesterday that sales in the four weeks that ended Friday rose 12 percent to $18.34 billion. Last month, Wal-Mart forecast a 4 percent to 6 percent rise in sales at stores open at least a year. Sales of seasonal items such as gardening equipment and summer clothing rose over the Memorial Day holiday as temperatures rose after falling below average in the first three weeks of the month, analysts said.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
Consumers hunted bargains in November and bypassed the fashion apparel that was to have given retailers a boost, leading to only moderate gains in sales, retailers reported yesterday.Business turned out especially disappointing for department stores and apparel and electronics retailers, with mass discounters and home specialty stores faring better."The month of November has been a bargain-hunting experience for most shoppers," said Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard's Retail Trend Report, a forecasting firm based in Scotch Plains, N.J."
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By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1996
An early Easter this year brought consumers out of hiding as U.S. retailers reported that sales bounded up sprightly in March, according to monthly figures reported across the nation yesterday.Consumer spending in March was driven not only by Easter, but also by the coming of spring, a rite of passage in shopping for lawn chairs, T-shirts and other seasonal goods, which boosted sales at department stores and apparel retailers.March represented the second consecutive healthy month in retail after an anemic Christmas season, but whether a major upturn is in the offing remains uncertain, analysts said.
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Lorraine Mirabella | November 22, 2013
Lovesac, a modular furniture store, has opened a store at Towson Town Center. It's the 54th store for the chain, which has been growing this year. The high-end home furnishings retailer has had its eye on the Towson market for a while, said CEO and President Nancy Shalek. The company specializes in a patented modular furniture system called Sactionals. With just two pieces, customers can arrange the furniture to fit any indoor or outdoor space. They also can change covers.
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Lorraine Mirabella | July 19, 2013
New stores from Williams-Sonoma and PANDORA jewelry are coming to malls in Annapolis and downtown Baltimore. Williams-Sonoma Inc. is opening the first PBteen store in Maryland on Saturday at Westfield Annapolis mall. PBteen, one of Williams-Sonoma's Pottery Barn brands, is designed to appeal to 'tweens and teens, selling backpacks, messenger bags, lunch totes and accessories. Shoppers will find the 2013 PBdorm collection, with an array of twin sheets, task lighting, storage and decorative accessories.
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Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella | July 12, 2013
Harley-Davidson of Baltimore has come to the Inner Harbor. But the Baltimore County dealership is selling t-shirts at Harborplace, not Harleys. The new store in the Pratt Street Pavilion carries Harley-Davidson branded t-shirts, apparel and souvenirs. It's  seen as a way for the Pulaski Highway dealer to grow its business. "The Inner Harbor reaches many visitors to Baltimore," said Donald Meyers Jr., president of Harley-Davidson of Baltimore, in an announcement. "Now they can take home a piece of the Harley-Davidson iconic brand with a Baltimore theme.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 28, 2013
Men's apparel retailer Destination XL opened a new store in Towson today, catering to men who wear extra large sizes. The store in Yorkridge Center, at 815 Goucher Boulevard, will sell more than 100 brands in sizes XL and up, including private label and designer names such as Lacoste, Michael Kors, DKNY Jeans, Lucky Brand Jeans and Robert Graham. The retailer says there's plenty of demand. Half the men in the U.S. have a waist size of 40 inches or greater, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Lorraine Mirabella | March 14, 2013
A 7-Eleven that recently opened on the west side of Baltimore's downtown is celebrating Friday with 11 cent Slurpees, coffees and Big Gulp drinks. The store is located at 301 N. Howard St., in a part of downtown long targeted for revitalization. It's expected to add as many as 20 jobs to the local economy. The grand opening event, including entertainment, discounted drinks and an appearance by the Oriole Bird, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The store is the 44th 7-Eleven in Baltimore City, which is the convenience store chain's top market for hot pizza sales nationwide, chain officials said.
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Lorraine Mirabella | March 14, 2013
Discount retailer Marshalls will open its new store at the Inner Harbor next Thursday with a day of giveaways and gift card prizes. The retailer, which sells brand-name apparel at a discount, has taken over the second floor of Lockwood Place on East Pratt Street, the former Filene's Basement spot. The Framingham, Mass.,-based company operates more than 900 stores in 43 states, offering women's, men's and children's apparel, shoes, accessories, home goods and luggage. Baltimore store features include The Cube, an in-store boutique of contemporary fashions, the Shoe Mega shop, with designer and brand name shoes, and a single-queue checkout designed to keep lines moving.
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By Alec Matthew Klein and Alec Matthew Klein,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1995
The red ink continued to spread at Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. as the apparel retailer reported yesterday a net loss of $28 million, or 52 cents a share, for the second quarter.But the losses were less than those sustained for the same period last year.The Joppa-based chain, operating under bankruptcy protection since January 1994, lost $37.9 million, or 70 cents a share, for the same quarter a year ago."The hemorrhaging has slowed but it has not stopped," said Alan G. Millstein, editor and publisher of the Fashion Network Report in New York.
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By Abigail Goldman and Abigail Goldman,Los Angeles Times | February 21, 2007
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ended one of its toughest years in more than a decade yesterday with a better-than-expected profit for the holiday quarter and a fairly upbeat forecast for this year. Even so, it finished the year with only a slight gain at stores open at least a year, 2.1 percent. That key measure of retail performance was the company's slowest since it began recording same-store sales increases in 1980. Investors, however, were buoyed by the news. "I would not be surprised if they're at a low point," said Victor Hawley, portfolio manager at Reed, Conner & Birdwell of Los Angeles, which holds about 850,000 shares in Wal-Mart worth about $42 million.
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Lauren McEwen | March 12, 2013
First, a disclaimer: I've been sleep-deprived since Saturday, so forgive me if I am not as adept on picking up on all of the shade this week. And with Kyle's store opening taking place in this episode, I'm sure there will be shade - in abundance.   I probably can't sleep because I just learned that Lisa's headed for "Dancing with the Stars," which will either be the best thing to ever happen to me, or a hot, sparkly mess. I'll keep you posted.  The ladies are spending their final day in Paris and are spending it on a boat.
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 12, 2013
Baltimore County will be getting two new Weis Markets soon -- a supermarket in Towson Place  in Towson and one on Security Boulevard in Woodlawn. Both stores will open Sunday, March 3. Weis said it invested $14 million in the more than 55,000-square foot space vacated by Super Fresh in Towson and in the more than 58,000-square-foot Woodlawn store. The supermarkets will employ 400 workers and are still hiring. Each will feature 600-item produce departments with organic food, pharmacies, full-service meat and seafood departments and large deli/prepared food departments.
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