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In Vegas, Baltimore courts retailers to open new stores

In Vegas, Baltimore courts retailers to open new stores

City officials went shopping for deals at a Las Vegas retail real estate conference this past week, looking for big-name stores to locate here, even as one developer stopped work on plans for a Wal-Mart in Remington.

The 10-member city delegation was focused on bringing supermarkets to Baltimore and marketing the Old Town Mall, a 16-acre group of properties in East Baltimore that the city has been trying to redevelop for years.

"It's been nonstop meetings for two days," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake this week, adding that grocers had expressed interest in the city. "A lot of people were eager to walk away with the food desert map and dig deeper into the...