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Grocery Outlet moving into Baltimore market, opening in former Giant in Milford Mill Shopping Center

A California-based discount grocer will move into the Baltimore market in the spring, taking over a shuttered Giant, Baltimore County officials said Tuesday. Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open in the Liberty Road corridor, which has been without a supermarket since Giant closed in 2018. Grocery Outlet opened its first Maryland location in Hagerstown. The vacant supermarket in the Milford Mill Shopping Center at Liberty and Milford Mill roads will be partially demolished and renovated. Baltimore County will provide $2 million for site redevelopment through a revolving loan fund and the American Rescue Plan Act. The support includes $1.4 million from the loan fund and $600,000 in federal funds.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Senior living complex planned for Notre Dame of Maryland campus moves ahead

Plans to convert a portion of the Notre Dame of Maryland University campus into a senior living complex are moving forward with construction expected to begin in early 2024. Baltimore-based Brightview Senior Living officials said on Monday the development will be the company’s first in the city and will hold 171 apartment homes offering independent living, assisted living and memory care services. It is expected to open by 2026. The complex, which was first announced in 2020, will add to 23-year-old Brightview’s portfolio of 45 senior living communities in eight states. The private senior living chain already has five senior living developments in Greater Baltimore in Catonsville, Annapolis, Crofton, Edgewater and Severna Park. The move comes amid other changes in the works at Notre Dame.

When opportunity flips: Why a firm promising profits from vacants faces so many lawsuits

In late 2020, from more than 5,000 miles away, a Chilean investor named Jaime Sepulveda purchased a single-family home in Southwest Baltimore. It was a simple pitch: An American company, ABC Capital, would handle the entire process, acquiring the property, rehabbing it, renting it out and maintaining it. All he had to do was sit back and collect income.

Retro: Lexington Market was a Baltimore favorite even before revitalization

Baltimore shoppers have a long love affair with Lexington Market, and for good reason. This culinary institution is now reinventing itself but always has been a noisy and rambunctious destination, and is about as Baltimore as it gets. Lexington Market was — and is — a genuine gathering spot. It was mobbed with buyers when Baltimore’s population peaked, in the 900,000 range.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin sends a satellite company’s stock soaring

Boca Raton, Florida-based Terran Orbital, which went public earlier this year, soared in early Monday trading after Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin said it would invest $100 million in the company. Terran Orbital makes small satellites and has NASA contracts. It said it will use the investment to expand manufacturing. The Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Lockheed runs through 2035. It’s the second investment Lockheed has made in the company.

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Bidders fret that lucrative BWI Airport contract may be rigged

On a steamy summer morning, hundreds of business owners, lawyers, lobbyists and government contractors packed into a hotel ballroom near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. They were there to hear about the state’s plans to find a new contractor to run the concessions operations — food, drink, retail and other hospitality services — at the busy transportation hub. “The purpose is to improve on a very good airport concession and make it exceptional,” Morris Williams III, manager of the Commercial Business Activities Section in the Office of Commercial Management at the Maryland Aviation Administration, told those assembled at the hotel.

Elon Musk floating idea of Twitter users paying for verification as he fires platform’s board of directors

Billionaire Elon Musk is already floating major changes for Twitter — and faces major hurdles as he begins his first week as owner of the social-media platform. Twitter’s new owner fired the company’s board of directors and made himself the board’s sole member, according to a company filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
They formed the first Apple store union in the country. Now, employees say they’re barred from some benefits.

Employees of the Apple store in Towson say the company is excluding them from certain benefits, claiming the company made a “calculated” move to discourage further unionization efforts. The employees voted 65-33 in June to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, making them the first Apple store employees in the country to unionize. Their concerns included compensation, fairness and COVID-19 safety. On Thursday, the union sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook that said the company has excluded them from receiving “certain educational and medical benefits offered to all other Apple employees.” Apple’s corporate communications office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
As marijuana laws shift, many employers are also rethinking their stances

After November’s elections, recreational marijuana could be legal in nearly half the country. The decisions in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota will come just a few weeks after the Biden administration said it would pardon thousands of people with federal felony convictions for simple marijuana possession. With the landscape around marijuana evolving across the nation — and coinciding with the rise of remote work that disperses a company’s talent across the nation — experts say employers need to stay abreast of marijuana law changes and update their policies to avoid running afoul of shifting laws. Employment law attorneys say many companies are softening their stance on marijuana or tweaking drug-testing policies.

Blaze Pizza to open three new locations in Maryland

Blaze Pizza, a fast-casual pizza chain that earned early backing from LeBron James, said Thursday it is opening three new locations in Prince George’s County. The Pasadena, California-based chain specializes in customizable made-to-order pizzas created in a brick oven. The three new locations will join four other Blaze restaurants already in Maryland — College Park, Laurel, Towson and Westminster. Kevyn Scott of Gome Restaurant Group is the franchisee of the new Prince George’s restaurants. The exact locations of the new restaurants were not revealed in an announcement from the chain. Scott also operates two Charleys Philly Steaks restaurants in Maryland. Ed Yancey, chief development officer at Blaze Pizza, said in a statement the company is looking to add qualified franchisees to continue growing the brand.

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