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Retailers eye Baltimore area for expansion

Retailers eye Baltimore area for expansion

Consumers can expect to see unfamiliar store brands cropping up in the Baltimore area as a handful of retailers eye the market for expansion.

Newcomers could include businesses that are well-entrenched in other markets, such as Stein Mart and Gabe's, along with new, fast-growing chains such as Caffe Bene, a South Korean coffeehouse that targets millennials. Wagamama, a British chain of quick-casual Japanese restaurants, says it is considering Baltimore as it spreads to U.S. cities.

All say they are primed for growth as consumer demand strengthens. And they see opportunities in the Baltimore-Washington region.

The off-price department store chain Stein Mart struggled...