Lorraine Mirabella

Writer

Lorraine Mirabella writes about retail, consumer affairs and workplace issues at the Baltimore Sun. She’s a contributor to the Consuming Interests blog. Since joining the Sun’s business staff in 1992, she also has covered residential and commercial real estate, energy, manufacturing and business trends. Lorraine grew up outside Washington in Silver Spring but came to the Baltimore area for college and, besides a brief reporting stint in Frederick, never left.

Recent Articles

  • Stanley Black & Decker expands in Towson with makerspace

    Stanley Black & Decker expands in Towson with makerspace

    In a sprawling workshop near Stanley Black & Decker’s Towson campus, employees are being invited to try out a vast array of hand tools, power tools and equipment used for welding, 3-D printing and other jobs. The company’s new makerspace is available to all its employees, whether they work in product...

  • McCormick closes deal to buy condiments maker for $4.2 billion

    McCormick closes deal to buy condiments maker for $4.2 billion

    McCormick & Co. has closed a deal to buy the maker of Frank’s RedHot sauce and French’s mustard for $4.2 billion, the Sparks-based spice and flavorings maker said Thursday. The company announced plans last month to buy the food division of United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Group, a move expected...

  • Spending is up for back-to-school purchases

    Spending is up for back-to-school purchases

    Lured by mid-August sales and a break on the state’s sales tax, Mimi Fissiha chose to take her children shopping for school clothes and supplies this week. “It only happens once a year, so we’re taking advantage of it,” said Fissiha’s daughter, Saron Abera, a 16-year-old rising senior at Eastern...

  • Tax-free shopping week runs through Saturday

    Tax-free shopping week runs through Saturday

    Consumers in Maryland can shop tax-free this week through Saturday in an annual event timed for back-to-school shopping. During the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free week, purchases of any qualifying apparel or footwear item priced at $100 or less will be exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax....

  • Sagamore: Port Covington pushing ahead despite Under Armour slowdown

    Sagamore: Port Covington pushing ahead despite Under Armour slowdown

    In the vision of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, a new headquarters campus for the athletic apparel brand anchors the gleaming new mini-city on the Patapsco River he’s planning at Port Covington. But since Plank announced the massive project and secured $660 million in public financing for it, the...

  • Baltimore home sales, prices rose in July as inventory constricted

    Baltimore home sales, prices rose in July as inventory constricted

    Home sales and prices in the Baltimore region rose in July as housing inventory continued to dwindle, limiting buyers’ choices. The sales of 3,589 properties closed in July, inching up 0.8 percent from the same month last year, according to a report released Thursday by the local multiple listing...

  • Giant Food launches antibiotic-free line of pork

    Giant Food launches antibiotic-free line of pork

    Giant Food has introduced a private brand of antibiotic-free pork products, the Landover-based grocery chain said Wednesday. The “No Antibiotics Ever” line contains no antibiotics or hormones, and animals are vegetarian fed. The new line is available at all of Giant’s 167 supermarkets in Maryland,...

  • McCormick announces pricing for stock offering to fund $4.2 billion acquisition

    McCormick announces pricing for stock offering to fund $4.2 billion acquisition

    McCormick & Co. Inc. said Tuesday it plans to sell 5.5 million shares of its common, non-voting stock at $90.50 share to raise money for its planned acquisition of the iconic Frank’s RedHot Hot Sauce and French’s Mustard brands. The spice and flavorings giant, based in Sparks, had announced the...

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