Baltimore's Pompeian plans 400K-square-foot expansion at Tradepoint Atlantic

Pompeian Inc. says it's seeing demand for its products surge — growth that has prompted it to pursue a lease for a 400,000-square-foot distribution center at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point. The Baltimore-based olive oil and boutique vinegar company's expansion will also include a new city-based warehouse near Highlandtown and about a dozen new jobs by 2023, company officials said this week. Pompeian's expansion is taking place as demand for olive oil has been strong this year due to a spike in home cooking amid Covid-19, Chief Operating Officer Mouna Aissaoui said Wednesday. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Airline Industry Left In Limbo As Federal Aid Runs Out

President Donald Trump is urging Congress to pass coronavirus aid for airlines and stimulus checks after calling off negotiations on a relief package via Twitter on Tuesday. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday, lines were virtually nonexistent as a small number of passengers checked in for their flights. Without some sort of federal aid, the airline industry faces months of economic pain. (WJZ)

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Ruby Tuesday, hit by COVID closures, files for bankruptcy

Ruby Tuesday is filing for bankruptcy protection, the latest casual restaurant chain to suffer from coronavirus-related closures and changing consumer habits. The Maryville, Tennessee-based company, which was founded in 1972, said on Wednesday that its restaurants will remain open throughout the bankruptcy process. Ruby Tuesday has 250 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the U.S., Canada and nine other countries, including Hong Kong, Chile and Kuwait. (Times-News)

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Lowe’s to hand out another round of bonuses to hourly workers worth $100M

Lowe’s Cos. announced Wednesday that it is handing out another round of bonuses to recognize its front-line employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A news release from the company said all full-time hourly workers will get $300, and part-time and seasonal employees will receive $150 on Oct. 16. The bonuses total $100 million and will affect hourly workers at Lowe’s stores, distribution centers and store support centers, the company said. (Balt Sun)

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Hospice of the Chesapeake acquires Hospice of Charles County

Hospice of the Chesapeake Wednesday finalized its acquisition of Hospice of Charles County, effective Oct. 2. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As the acquisition positions Hospice of the Chesapeake as one of the largest hospice care providers in the region, the organization has introduced a new brand identity to reflect both the physical growth and significant programmatic expansion that accompanies it. (Daily Record)

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Groceries, gift cards to be distributed Friday at M&T Bank Stadium for Baltimore-area hospitality workers in need

Groceries and Safeway gift cards will be distributed in Baltimore on Friday to workers in the hard-hit hospitality industry, a local union announced. The distribution will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lot H near M&T Bank Stadium, said officials with Unite Here Local 7, which represents hospitality workers in Maryland. (Balt Sun)

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Fulton Bank closing branches; Washington Co. facilities to remain open

Fulton Bank plans to close 21 branches in the next few months, but its Washington County offices will remain open. The bank, with headquarters in Lancaster, Pa., announced the consolidation in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Sept. 29. The bank's board of directors had approved the plan that same day. (Herald Mail)

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The Ivy Bookshop opens up in new location in Baltimore City

Look for the green stucco house with a porch near the Mount Washington Whole Foods. The sign alerting you it’s the Ivy Bookshop, one of Baltimore’s best-loved havens for bookworms, is coming.After shutting down in March for the pandemic, the Ivy is set to open this Saturday at a new location just two blocks away. Customers can place orders for curbside pickup, or reserve 30-minute slots for private browsing times. But already, those windows are booking up quickly, says owner Emma Snyder. (Balt Sun)

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