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Small merchants brace for competition from Amazon's Prime Now
Small merchants brace for competition from Amazon's Prime Now

Sandy Piper's family has been merchants in Hampden for more than 40 years, but when she retires someday, she's not sure there will be any business left. Expenses have increased, customers aren't spending more and online shopping has cut into sales at Sandy's Bargain Center on West 36th Street. Now, with the announcement that Amazon will launch one- and two-hour delivery in Baltimore, she's worried that even last-minute purchases won't lure people into the shop. "I can't tell you what the future is going to look like," said Piper, 51. "Hopefully I'm not out of business in 10 years, but if I am … it's probably because of...

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