Amazon plans another larger-format grocery store in Montgomery County

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) appears to be planning a fourth new-concept supermarket for Greater Washington, this one near several big-box retailers in Gaithersburg. A bid list from Shepherd Electric Supply named an “Amazon grocery store” at the 270 Center shopping center as needing lighting and other electrical work. The parent company of the landlord, Denver-based Black Creek Diversified Property Fund, said on its website that an unnamed 31,000-square-foot grocer will “soon” take the place of the free-standing Office Depot at retail center. (Balt Bus Journal)

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‘Hellhole dumpster fire’: Ex-Baltimore business rep blames city, not pandemic, after closing Inner Harbor bar

A representative for the company that owns Dick’s Last Resort said the recent closure of the brash restaurant and bar’s location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor had less to do with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic than with the city itself. “Downtown Baltimore is a complete hellhole dumpster fire of violence and danger,” Ryan Carlson, director of operations for Deja Vu Services, Inc., wrote in an email to the Baltimore Sun. “Nobody in their right mind would operate a business there.” (Balt Sun)

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Pa. cannabis company enters Maryland with acquisition of three dispensaries, including one in Rockville

Pennsylvania-based cannabis firm, Ethos Cannabis, is planting its flag in the Maryland market with the acquisition of three dispensaries, including one in the D.C. area. Ethos recently gained clearance from regulators at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to acquire three licensed dispensary businesses that have been operating under the brand name "Mission" in Maryland. The acquired sites include Mission's stores in Rockville, Catonsville, and Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. Ethos purchased the locations from 4Front Ventures, which still operates one other Mission dispensary in Silver Spring. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Restaurant Association of Maryland wants state to allow barriers between tables for indoor dining

The Restaurant Association of Maryland said Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent order to expand indoor dining capacity to 75% doesn’t do enough to help struggling restaurants unable to pack their dining rooms with more customers due to existing distancing regulations. Marshall Weston, the association’s president, is calling on the Maryland Department of Health to allow restaurants to install physical barriers between tables and booths to skirt the mandate requiring six-feet of distance between parties. Currently, every other indoor booth is required to be closed under the law to maintain social distancing under the health department’s most recent order. (Balt Sun)

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Couple opens Sykesville-area salon during pandemic, designing space with COVID-19 in mind

While shops shuttered their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, Mindy and Greg Coles began working to open a second business in the Sykesville area. The married couple also operates ALC Custom Landscapes, which has been in business 30 years. With one business solidly established, the Coles set out to start their second — right at the start of the pandemic. “I guess we started looking for places in March, like right at the beginning of the shutdown,” said Mindy Coles, a cosmetologist with 30 years of experience. “It was a scary decision, that’s for sure, especially when we signed that lease for five years. But we’re doing really well. The numbers are looking good.” (Carr Co Times)

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Maryland’s Labor Department Reports Issues With BEACON 2.0 Unemployment Site Fixed

After issues arose following the launch of Maryland’s new unemployment website over the weekend, the state’s labor department said Tuesday it has resolved the problems claimants were reporting. On Sunday, the BEACON 2.0 system launched with new features, but some claimants reported similar or new problems as those they experienced when the first BEACON site launched in April. (WJZ)

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Maryland Zoo Adds COVID-19 Restrictions To 37th Annual ZooBOOO!

This year’s ZooBOOO! Halloween event at the Maryland Zoo will look a little different. The ZooBOOO! is being adjusted to keep visitors safe during the pandemic, but there will still be trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo. The event will require timed ticketing reservations to enter the Zoo. Face masks or costume masks that cover the mouth and nose must be worn when interacting with staff members, volunteers or other guests that are not in your group, as well as in designated “mask zones,” the Zoo said. (WJZ)

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R. House will reopen indoor dining this weekend with events, live entertainment

R. House will reopen for indoor dining this weekend, and has planned a series of events and live entertainment to celebrate. The Remington food hall on Wednesday announced plans to open about 100 indoor seats starting Saturday, marking the first time guests have been allowed inside for dining since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. Tables will be set more than 10 feet apart and masks will be required for anyone who is not seated. (Balt Bus Journal)

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