Saks shuttering 584,000-square-foot Aberdeen distribution center

Saks Inc. plans to close its 584,000-square-foot distribution center in Aberdeen in early 2019. The luxury department store chain has 150 employees at the location, said Cindy Mumby, a spokeswoman for Harford County. A spokeswoman for Canadian retail conglomerate Hudson's Bay Co., which owns Saks, said operations are being moved to the company's distribution center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, beginning in February to "streamline work and create efficiencies." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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C&R Pub, formerly of Federal Hill, 'bringing gator to downtown Towson'

Diners in downtown Towson have watched their options grow in recent years, from Mexican nachos to Vietnamese toast to Chinese lo mein. This week, country music bar C&R Pub will add one more option: alligator meat. “They’re bringing gator to downtown Towson,” said Fronda Cohen, a Baltimore County spokeswoman. “They are extremely tender alligator tail bites with a zesty gator sauce,” said Phil Voneiff, manager of C&R Pub, which opens Wednesday with a ceremony to be attended by County Executive Don Mohler. “I even tricked my kids into eating it,” he added later. (Balt. Sun)

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November 12 // Amazon fulfillment centers: How fulfilling?

As speculation intensifies about Amazon’s decision to open a second headquarters, with its 50,000 jobs, state and local officials across the country continue to chase smaller projects such as Maryland’s four Amazon fulfillment centers and their 6,500 jobs. Although no announcements have been made, articles in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal this week have suggested that the corporate giant may split its HQ2 between Crystal City in Arlington, Va., and Long Island City in the New York City borough of Queens. That would be a blow to Maryland, which put together a lucrative bid to lure the company to Montgomery County. (Md. Matters)

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Camden Yards to get public Wi-Fi for next season

Wireless internet is on its way to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The stadium — one of the few in Major League Baseball without public Wi-Fi — is on track to offer internet to fans next season, Maryland Stadium Authority officials said. The authority's board of directors voted Thursday to sign a letter of intent with Verizon for installation of a Wi-Fi and distributed antenna system. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore's Fearless to develop training platform for female entrepreneurs across U.S.

Baltimore software firm Fearless Solutions has been contracted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to develop an online training platform specifically to help female entrepreneurs across the country. Fearless will be helping the SBA, a federal organization that provides financial and advisory support to entrepreneurs and small businesses, build a platform for the Entrepreneur Learning Initiative. The initiative is designed to focus solely on the needs of women small business owners and help them address specific pain points they face. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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City to issue refunds to all Baltimore Bike Share members — eventually

All 260 people who still had monthly or annual Baltimore Bike Share memberships when the program was ended in August will receive refunds, it’s just not clear when. The city transportation and finance departments are still working on figuring out a process for issuing the refunds, said German Vigil, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation. The city will issue the refunds — at a total cost of $15,301 — regardless of whether the members called to request one, Vigil said. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour looks to transform its culture in the #MeToo era

Under Armour has been working for nearly two years to turn around its faltering business. Now, the Baltimore-based company acknowledges it needs to transform its corporate culture as well, so it can stand up to scrutiny of the #MeToo movement.The once predominantly men’s brand with deep roots in football has aggressively courted women in recent years, but found itself the subject of unwanted attention last week after it was disclosed employees were allowed to charge strip club visits and other adult entertainment to expense accounts. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland Medical System taps new CFO

University of Maryland Medical System didn't turn far to find its new chief financial officer. Michelle Lee, currently senior vice president of corporate finance and system controller, has been elevated to the post. She will replace Henry "Hank" J. Franey, who has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the medical system for about 15 years. Franey will transition into a new role as senior adviser to the president and CEO of the Baltimore health system. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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