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Home Depot will hire 750 in Baltimore area for spring

The Home Depot has begun its spring hiring push and expects to bring on 750 workers in the Baltimore area.

The home improvement retailer is hiring more than 80,000 people nationwide at its nearly 2,000 stores, the chain said today.

Spring is the busiest season for the retailer.

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Giant Food turns 80

The Baltimore area's largest grocer is turning 80.

On Saturday, Giant Food will mark eight decades since N.H. Cohen and Sam Lehrman opened Washington's first supermarket, at Georgia Avenue and Park Road.

In honor of the milestone, the retailer is offering complimentary birthday cake to shoppers from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at all 169 Giant stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington.

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Koons, FTC settle over safety disclosures

A major car dealer in Maryland has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, over what the agency said was inadequate disclosure of safety information in used cars sales.

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Lax World acquires Denver specialty lacrosse retailer

Cockeysville-based lacrosse retailer Lax World has acquired a Denver specialty retailer, creating what the company says is one of the nation's largest chains focused on the sport.

Lax World's deal with Breakaway Sports will create a 14-store retailer with a bigger online and warehousing presence, the company said. The retailer did not disclose terms of the deal.

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Medifast launches sports nutrition products

Medifast Inc. is getting into the sports nutrition market with the launch of a new line of bars and shakes in partnership with a university and a nonprofit, the Owings Mills weight loss plan company said Wednesday.

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Retail changes continue at Mall in Columbia

Two women's clothing retailers will be closing their doors at the Mall in Columbia by the end of the month, leaving some shoppers wondering if possible rent increases by mall owner General Growth Properties are out-pricing some stores.

Management at the mall's Chico's and Kokopelli stores confirmed both are planning to close.

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