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Former Jos. A. Bank executives launch men's apparel brand in Maryland

Several former executives of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. plan to launch a retail brand that will be based in Maryland and sell classically styled men's apparel for business professionals.

Plans call for menswear retailer Wilkes & Riley to open online in November and expand with stores, most likely after the first couple of years, said Steve Marshall, CEO of the Bel Air-based company.

Marshall, who...

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IKEA offers repair for 27 million dressers after deaths of two toddlers

Federal authorities say IKEA is offering a free wall anchoring kit for dressers and chests that officials say can pose a tip-over hazard if not secured to a wall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ikea North America of Conshohocken, Pa., on Wednesday announced the repair program for products including MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6-dresser chests.

Authorities said IKEA...

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Families spending less on back-to-school purchases, NRF says

Another survey on back-to-school shopping is out --- this time showing that parents plan to trim spending this year compared to last.

The average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630 on electronics, apparel and other school needs, down from $669 last year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Total spending is expected...

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Nearly 70 percent of shoppers plan to spend more this year on back to school

If you've started buying back-to-school clothes and supplies for the kids, you're in the company of more than a third of consumers, a shopping center trade group said Tuesday.

It's mid-July, but 34 percent of shoppers have begun to buy, and most -- 83 percent -- are shopping in stores or ordering online and picking up in stores, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers....

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Giant Food plans a new store in Odenton

Giant Food plans to open a supermarket late this year in Odenton Shopping Center in Odenton, the center's owner said Monday.

Nellis Corp. said it signed a lease with Giant for a more than 60,000-square-foot grocery store,  now under construction.

The store, which will include a pharmacy, will join tenants such as Dollar Tree, Five Guys, Advanced Auto Parts, the US Post Office and others in the center...

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Hair Cuttery plans to donate back-to-school haircuts to underprivileged kids

Get a haircut, help an underprivileged child.

That's the back-to-school offer from salon chain Hair Cuttery.

For every child up to age 18 who gets a haircut from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15, the company will donate a free haircut certificate to a child in that same community.

"Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,"  said Dennis Ratner, Hair Cuttery CEO and founder,...

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