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March 14, 2010
Sponsored by the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, educators will answer questions on nutrition and distribute free low-fat recipes at Graul's supermarket, 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, noon to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 26, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. March 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28.
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By Robert B. Reich | August 13, 2014
In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called Market Basket have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision in June to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas. Their demonstrations and boycotts have emptied most of the chain's 71 stores. What was so special about Arthur T., as he's known? Mainly, his business model. He kept prices lower than his competitors, paid his employees more, and gave them and his managers more authority.
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BUSINESS
March 29, 2011
Folks, usually on Tuesdays we feature a Naughty Business of the Week , some tale of a business or criminal that has managed to separate consumers from their money. But let's break from tradition today to consider this Hartford Courant story about a clerk at a Connecticut supermarket who prevented an elderly woman from getting scammed . An elderly woman approached to send $2,800 via Western Union, but some gentle probing revealed that the customer was sending money to someone impersonating her grandson.
NEWS
August 2, 2014
There is an area of West Baltimore that has been devoid of a grocery store for 15 years. Yes,15 years ( "City says largest supermarket to open in Howard Park after years of lobbying," July 28). The term for an area or community bereft of a food store is "food desert. " Food (and water) are inherently vital to our survival as human beings. Baltimore perceives itself as a major American city yet pockets of it have been without major food stores for 15 years? Shouldn't the politicians be ultimately accountable?
NEWS
August 2, 2014
There is an area of West Baltimore that has been devoid of a grocery store for 15 years. Yes,15 years ( "City says largest supermarket to open in Howard Park after years of lobbying," July 28). The term for an area or community bereft of a food store is "food desert. " Food (and water) are inherently vital to our survival as human beings. Baltimore perceives itself as a major American city yet pockets of it have been without major food stores for 15 years? Shouldn't the politicians be ultimately accountable?
NEWS
June 24, 2002
A YEAR AGO, seven Baltimore neighborhoods unexpectedly lost their local supermarkets when a small chain went out of business. The situation was nothing short of calamitous; food is not a luxury but a necessity. Finally, the situation is getting better. A week ago, the City Council approved zoning changes that will permit a supermarket to be constructed in Waverly, at 33rd Street near Gorsuch Avenue. The very next day, a new store had a grand opening in Cherry Hill, ending a year-long void in that southern Baltimore community.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2011
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday supported the Baltimore Development Corp.'s recommendation to sell 5.6 acre site in Northwest Baltimore for $2 million to a group that will develop it into a full-service supermarket. The city is planning to sell the land to a group headed by Leonard Weinberg II of Vanguard Equities and businessman Roland Campbell. The group plans to build a 68,000-square-foot ShopRite supermarket for about $13.5 million in Howard Park, on Liberty Heights Avenue near Gwynn Oak Avenue.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 27, 2011
Maryland State Police say they are continuing to investigate a phoned-in bomb threat to a supermarket north of Bel Air Wednesday. About 11:20 a.m., troopers from the Bel Air Barrack responded to Redner's Warehouse Market in the 2100 block of North Fountain Green Road for a report of a bomb threat, according to a state police news release. The supermarket is near the intersection of Routes 1 and 543 in Hickory, about 3 miles north of Bel Air. Management from the store informed police they received a phone call from a person who was attempting to reach a former employee, state police said.
NEWS
By Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2011
Baltimore's Howard Park neighborhood could get a full-service Klein's ShopRite supermarket by late 2012 if Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake accepts a recommendation to sell city-owned land for the project. The Baltimore Development Corporation's directors voted in closed session Thursday to recommend that the city approve a land sale agreement with a Maryland group that wants to build the supermarket. The land is on Liberty Heights Avenue near Gwynn Oak Avenue. The development team selected after responding to a city-issued request for proposals is headed by Leonard Weinberg II of Vanguard Equities and businessman Roland Campbell.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 24, 2010
There was romance among the rutabagas this afternoon in the Whole Foods grocery store, passion among the persimmons. Five singers from the Washington Opera's young artists program took to the aisles of the Harbor East market at 1001 Fleet St., disguised in the black aprons and black caps normally worn by employees of the market. A few minutes after 1 p.m., an announcement came over the store loudspeaker announcing that tickets to this weekend's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert were being given away in the produce section.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Residents of one of Baltimore's many "food deserts" will gain more access to fresh meats and produce when what officials say is the city's largest grocery store opens Thursday in Howard Park. The 67,000-square-foot ShopRite store reflects a push to bring healthier food options to neighborhoods that have long been without a full-service food market. "When you have an environment that is lacking in fresh food options, it will be harder for you to be healthy," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
They came with .22-caliber rifles wrapped in trash bags, Saturday night special handguns, rusted shotguns handed down from grandparents. A crowd of dozens lined up by 10 a.m. Saturday at a Northwest Baltimore church parking lot, most with gray hair and some leaning on canes or using hearing aides. They left with one $100 ShopRite Supermarket gift card per gun turned in. Many were skeptical that the gun buyback event would achieve organizers' goal of reducing city crime, though they were pleased to get something of value for guns that in many cases hadn't been fired in years or decades.
BUSINESS
By Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News | March 6, 2014
The days of the conventional supermarket are numbered. Safeway Inc.'s announcement Thursday that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management would acquire the company in a deal valued at about $9.4 billion is the latest sign from the troubled grocery industry that supermarkets have fallen out of style. The deal combines Safeway with Cerberus' Albertsons chain, creating a dominant grocery franchise on the West Coast. It also creates a grocery network of more than 2,400 stores and 250,000 employees. Safeway has more than 20 stores in the Baltimore area.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Facing criticism from a struggling local business, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended the city's bottle tax Tuesday as essential to rebuilding Baltimore's schools. But the mayor acknowledged she would have to suspend a program that delivers fresh produce to poor neighborhoods because of the closing of the supermarket, Santoni's. Santoni's, an 83-year-old Highlandtown grocer, announced this week it would close its doors at the end of this month solely because of the city's bottled-beverage tax. Rob Santoni Jr., the company's chief financial officer, said he is in talks to bring in another supermarket and plans to run for a House of Delegates seat in Baltimore County to give small businesses a stronger voice in Annapolis.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
An independent grocer's profit margin is so slim that Baltimore's bottled-beverage tax may be to blame for the pending demise of Santoni's Supermarket, industry experts said Monday. "It was, in my opinion, a prime factor" said Jeff Metzger, publisher of Food World, a regional grocery industry newspaper based in Columbia. "Of all the retailers doing business in the city, their No. 1 issue would be the unfairness of the bottle tax. " Santoni's, a Highlandtown grocer, announced Sunday that it would close its doors at the end of this month solely because of the city's bottled-beverage tax. That tax, according to chief financial officer Rob Santoni Jr., reduced the East Lombard Street store's sales by about 18 percent since its adoption in July 2010.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 14, 2013
Elected officials and community leaders are calling on Giant Food to improve service and quality at the Waverly Crossroads store, which serves north and northeast Baltimore, including Oakenshawe, Abell, Guilford and Charles Village. They are circulating petitions and forming a steering committee as part of a public campaign called Friends of a Giant Step Forward. Their petition asks Giant Food "to maintain the quality we expect and deserve, with enough staff to keep checkout lines short, better stocking of shelves, the highest quality meats and produce, and a safe, uncongested entryway and parking lot. " They say it's an effort to convince corporate representatives of the Prince George's County-based supermarket chain to meet with them.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
The union that represents 17,000 workers at the region's two largest supermarket chains is embracing the "occupy" movement as it begins contract talks Wednesday. Anticipating difficult bargaining with Safeway and Giant Foods, the union has launched a website, occupygiantandsafeway.org, to build public support for its cause. The contract expires March 31. Tom McNutt, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, said in a speech to union organizers last week that employees have worked hard over the last three decades to make the grocery chains highly profitable — while, he said, top executives are "making the Sheriff of Nottingham look like a saint.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2011
A neighborhood meeting in Northwest Baltimore to discuss a new supermarket opened with soft organ music and bowed heads, demonstrating the importance of such a facility to a community that has done without one for more than a decade. "We pray this night for this area, called Howard Park, in particular," the Rev. Donald Sterling said Friday at the pulpit in New All Saints Catholic Church, off Liberty Heights Avenue. On either side of the altar were displayed plans for a 68,000-square-foot state-of-the-art grocery store with more than 200 parking spaces.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan
The Baltimore Sun
| October 12, 2013
A technical glitch left shoppers who rely on food stamps to buy their groceries unable to pay at many supermarkets for much of the day Saturday. A spokeswoman for Xerox, which runs the benefits system in Maryland and 16 other states, said the underlying problem had been fixed Saturday afternoon but some stores were still experience problems. Brian M. Schleter, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, which is responsible for the EBT - or Electronic Benefits Transfer - card system, confirmed the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Baltimore's Nikki Lewis will compete on Thursday night's episode of "Supermarket Superstar," the new Lifetime show in which hopeful food entrepreneurs compete to get their products on grocery store shelves. The show is hosted by Rosedale native Stacy Keibler.   Lewis is the developer of Mallow Crunchies, a marshmallow treat she sells at area farmers markets as well as at The Mallow Bar , her own dessert cafe in Rosedale.    Each week on "Supermarket Superstar," three contestants compete for $10,000 in cash and $100,000 in product development, with an ultimate goal of having the A&P supermarket chain put the winning contestant's product in its stores.
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