Jos. A. Bank Presses On With Pursuit Of Men's Wearhouse

A war of words between Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and Men's Wearhouse has only complicated a potential deal between the clothing titans. Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank has offered $2.3 billion for Men's Wearhouse, and has continued to express interest despite being rebuffed. Meanwhile, the rival men's apparel chain is reportedly flirting with the acquisition of the upscale Allen Edmonds shoe maker. In dueling correspondence made public by the companies last week, the tension escalated. (Balt. Sun)

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Environment Agencies Delay Harbor Point Work

Plans to build offices and condominiums at Harbor Point hit a new snag Friday as federal and state regulators rejected the developer's plans for protecting the public from toxic contamination in the ground during construction at the former factory site. The Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of the Environment called for many minor revisions to the Beatty Development Group's plan, which an EPA spokeswoman characterized as largely routine, with "no showstoppers." (Balt. Sun)

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ESPN Zone Settles With Inner Harbor Workers

Employees of the former ESPN Zone in the Inner Harbor have reached a settlement over back pay after the restaurant was shut down in 2010 without federally required notice to the workers. The Walt Disney Co. and Zone Enterprises of Maryland LLC have agreed to pay a total of $235,000 to more than 140 workers. (Daily Record)

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Former Chase Brexton Building In Mount Vernon Eyed For Redevelopment

A startup real estate firm headed by Himmelrich Associates Managing Director Ken Rice has purchased Chase Brexton Health Services’ former building at in Mount Vernon for $1.34 million. Rice, who remains in his role as Himmelrich, has made the purchase of 10 W. Eager St. the first acquisition for BlueStone Development LLC. Plans for the building include a restaurant or retail shop on the first floor and office space on the upper floors of the three-story, 23,600-square-foot building. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel Firms Get Boost In Small Business Loans

Ellen Allen, a designer who operates an Annapolis storefront with her line of women’s accessories, needed extra money for handbags and scarves, so she applied for a loan. Her funding was among the 81 SBA-backed loans awarded to Anne Arundel County businesses in fiscal 2013. The year ended on Sept. 30 and included loans valued at $35.8 million, which is a more than 40 percent increase than the previous year’s levels. (Capital)

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Grants Available To Frederick County Agencies

Nonprofit and government organizations in Frederick County have an opportunity to receive immediate federal funding for basic emergency needs caused by the economic downturn. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program’s national board awarded $25,586 to the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless for emergency basic needs. Eligible organizations serving the needy and the homeless can apply for funding. (News-Post)

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Columbia Gas Of Maryland Asking For Surcharge To Help Fund Infrastructure

Columbia Gas of Maryland is asking a state commission to approve a $1.92 monthly surcharge for residential customers.The utility wants the surcharge to generate revenue to help pay for infrastructure replacement projects, the same reason the company recently raised its rates, according to a company spokesman and Maryland Public Service Commission filings. (Herald-Mail)

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Housing Market ‘Going In The Right Direction’

Washington County’s home-buying market continued to show strength in September, reaching $21 million in total sales — almost double the market’s size a year ago. The market has “definitely improved, no question about that. It’s been a fairly steady improvement every month,” said Dan Plombon, a longtime Realtor and office manager of Mackintosh Inc. in Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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