TownMall of Westminster evolved in 2018, after a change in ownership the previous year, incorporating local businesses, such as the Cob51 art studio and R/C Theatres, which installed reclining seats in the theater.
Baltimore-area businesses weathered failed deals, layoffs, closings and restructuring in 2018. But some started new chapters by expanding or merging, and new development sprouted all over and one new industry spread like a weed.
On a recent Saturday night, in a very nostalgic mood, I went to the Sears store at Harford Mall. On this Saturday evening there were neither shoppers nor shoplifters to be found; the store was empty. I always loved the holiday displays, decorations and general holiday ambiance at Ward’s.
Sears Holdings Corp., parent of the Sears and Kmart retail chains, filed for bankruptcy protection early Monday — a last-ditch effort to save an American icon that shaped shopping habits for more than a century.
Stanley Black & Decker, which bought Sears' iconic Craftsman tool line last year, is relaunching the brand and will sell it at Lowe's and Ace hardware stores, as well as on Amazon, to make it more widely available.
The landlord of five Sears or Kmart stores in Maryland has been seeking new tenants to take over some space, part of an agreement between the troubled retailer and the developer that controls about 250 of Sears Holdings properties across the country.
Retailers are disappearing from shopping centers in Maryland and throughout the United States at a pace not seen in years as familiar brands go out of business or attempt to stay alive by closing some stores.
Online shopping has grown into a retail mainstay in recent years and is expected to reach all-time highs this holiday shopping season. Consumers can access most retailers in the palm of their hands through smartphones and other devices. The emergence of such online buying habits have helped reshaped the holiday season and diminished the significance of Black Friday for brands such as Under Armour and retailers large and small.
Tens of thousands of children have learned to swim in the past century in the state's oldest YMCA building, The Y of Druid Hill. On Saturday, families will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an unveiling of displays dedicated to the history and a community block party; everyone's invited.
Kmart plans to close its Wabash Avenue store at the end of November, laying off more than 100 employees as the company trims operations around the country, according to notice submitted to the state last week.
For more than 30 years, Shirley Johannesen Levine, a Columbia resident, has entertained audiences across the country and around the world with her puppetry skills and her company, Puppet Dance Productions. Using mime, music and her own hand-made puppets, Levine encourages everyone from young children to senior citizens to "stretch their imagination" as she brings poems and stories to life.