Maryland developer pitches another industrial park in North Carolina

Just several months since first entering the market, Baltimore's Merritt Properties is part of yet another proposal to develop an industrial park in North Carolina. Merritt Properties is the developer named on a recent rezoning application in Knightdale calling for a new industrial park with 271,450 square feet of space across five buildings. Uses would include flex office space, industrial and light manufacturing. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Record-Breaking 68K Jobs Added In Maryland Last Month, Department Of Labor Says

68,000 jobs were added across Maryland last month, according to State Department of Labor. Officials said the record-breaking number of jobs added helped the unemployment rate drop to eight-percent. According to the Department of Labor, the leisure and hospitality sector saw the most growth. (Balt Sun)

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Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying

When a crowd of mostly young customers walked under the awning of Caddies on Cordell in Bethesda on Friday night, they were stopped by masked security guards, who took their temperatures under a big, white-lettered “Caddies” sign. As it got busier, other guards roamed through the bar, reminding customers to wear masks when they left their tables. (Wash Post)

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4 private sector teams seeking Maryland highway contract clear first hurdle

All four of the private-sector teams seeking to build “express toll lanes” in the D.C. suburbs have cleared their first hurdle. The Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority announced late Friday that the four consortia who sought “shortlist” status have been granted it. (WTOP)

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Amazon moving quickly to establish last-mile delivery network in Maryland

Amazon.com Inc. appears to be moving quickly to establish a network of seven last-mile distribution facilities in Maryland, including at least two in Prince George’s County, after disclosing its plan late last month. The Seattle e-commerce and cloud computing company filed several applications with Prince George’s County during the past few months to renovate or develop industrial buildings in target areas identified in its June disclosure, according to public documents and sources familiar with the situation. (Balt Bus Journal)

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The pandemic has hit restaurants hard, but experts say the ‘ghost food hall’ concept might save them

In the early days of the novel coronavirus pandemic, D.C. restaurateur Aaron Gordon couldn’t sleep. The world was shutting down around him, and he had closed his restaurants’ dining rooms in response to social distancing mandates. He worried about how he would put food on his family’s table when the business model he used to feed other people had transformed radically, nearly overnight. “I realized that my restaurants — and any restaurants, in fact — were sort of doomed in the way they do business,” Gordon said. (Wash Post)

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Johns Hopkins Doctor Says It May Be Time To Roll Back Bar, Restaurant Reopenings

People lined up outside of the Baltimore City Convention Center to get tested for the coronavirus as Maryland recorded yet another day with more than 700 new cases—the third this week. The positivity rate was down slightly and remains below five percent. (WJZ)

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder: Sexual harassment has 'no place' in franchise

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Friday that the sexual harassment detailed in a Washington Post article has “no place” in the franchise. A day earlier, 15 former female employees and two reporters levied accusations of sexual harassment against five high-ranking team officials, who are now no longer with the team. Washington has retained prominent District-based attorney Beth Wilkinson to lead a review of its alleged misconduct. (Wash Times)

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