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Expanded assortment, fewer discounts in future of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, CEO says

Customers of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. can expect an expanded assortment of shoes, new styles of tailored and slim fit clothes, and more big and tall apparel in stores this year as the chain moves away from "hyper-aggressive" promotions, the CEO of Men's Wearhouse, Jos. Bank's owner, said this week.

The Jos. Bank brand has suffered from a "hyper aggressive promotional strategy, so we're weaning off of that," said Douglas Ewert during an appearance Wednesday on "Squawk on the Street" on CNBC. "We're going to be introducing new product, new fits, new styles, give the customer more reasons to shop than just price. We think 2015 is going to be a transformational year for the Jos. A. Bank brand."

The company hopes to expand the demographic appeal to attract new customers while retaining the loyal Jos. Bank following, Ewert said. Plans call for continuing with some discounting, while also "giving them additional product to… give them other reasons to shop with us other than just buy one get...

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Flip Flop Shops coming to Arundel Mills mall

A shop just for flip flops is coming to Arundel Mills mall.

The Flip Flop Shops, opening Thursday at the Hanover mall, promises the latest styles of both flip flops and other casual footwear. It's the second franchised location for owners Chris Kirley, Fran Kirley and Dave Brindza.

The owners believe flip flops have become part of the global youth uniform and an option that's grown more accepted beyond the pool or beach.

"My goal is to make finding the perfect pair a breeze, any time of the year," said Chris Kirley, who identifies himself as a size 10. "Flip flops are an extension of who I am and my laid-back lifestyle."

Shoppers can choose from brands such as Olukai, Cobian, Quiksilver, Roxy, Reef, Sanuk, Havaianas and others.

The 100-store chain, founded in 2004, has another 150 shops in the development pipeline globally. It began franchising in 2008 and has locations in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, South Africa and the Middle East.






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Wegmans No. 1 on Consumer Reports list of best grocery stores

Wegman's took the top spot in Consumer Reports' annual rating of America's best supermarkets in America.

The May issue ranked 68 grocers.

Publix and Trader Joe's came in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Costco ranked No. 6, Aldi came in at a respectable No. 14 ahead of Whole Foods Market.

BJ's was 42, Sam's Club was 47, Super Target was 45, and Walmart Supercenters came in almost dead-last, at 67.

Ratings were based on a survey of more than 62,000 subscribers' opinions on freshness, cleanliness, bakeries and cheap organics.

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Chick-fil-A will open April 9 at Inner Harbor; free meals for year for first 100

The Chick-fil-A planned for the Inner Harbor will open April 9, when the chain will give away free meals for a year to 100 people.

The restaurant, which will employ 75 people, is joining Shake Shack and M&T Bank in a ground floor retail expansion at 400 East Pratt Street.

The chain's signature "First 100" opening event typically draws crowds that camp out for a chance at the prize. Chick-fil-A has given away nearly $24 million worth of free food in 11 years.

Last May, more than 200 people lined up before a Chick-fil-A opened in Canton Crossing in Canton for a chance at the free meals.

The new Inner Harbor restaurant expects to award more than $32,000 in digital cards to the first 100 customers, ages 18 and older with identification, lined up at 6 a.m. April 9. If more than 100 people show up by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, the spots will be determined by a drawing and the winners would camp out for 24 hours.

There's one catch -- free meals will go only to those from specific zip codes near...

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Weis launches online shopping at Woodlawn store

Weis Markets is now offering online shopping with in-store pick-up at its Woodlawn store.

The supermarket on Security Boulevard is the latest Weis in the area to offer the option,  also available at locations in Perry Hall, Laurel, Woodstock and Frederick.

Weis has been rolling out online shopping over the past few years and now offers it at 26 locations, including the five in Maryland.

Shoppers can place orders any time and schedule a pickup to be ready in as few as four hours. Customers can pay either with PayPal or at the store with curbside checkout.

"Weis online shopping offers our customers the best of both worlds: the in-store shopping experience with online, time-saving convenience," said Kurt Schertle, Weis' chief operating officer.






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Fractured Prune will open Tuesday in Owings Mills

Fractured Prune Doughnuts is opening its planned Owings Mills store on Tuesday.

The doughnut shop is joining the lineup at Owings Mills at Metro Crossing, a transit-oriented project at the Owings Mills Metro Station.

The franchise chain, founded in Ocean City, is known for hand dipping doughnuts in a choice of glazes and toppings, such as bacon, sea salt and graham cracker.

For the Tuesday opening, at 6 a.m., the first 100 customers who buy a dozen doughnuts will get a free T-shirt.

A Fractured Prune opened in November in Towson.

In Owings Mills, the shop will join tenants such as Times Square Kitchen and Subway. Eggspectation will open there in early summer.




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