Ukazoo Books plans to relocate to Parkville
Ukazoo Books, a literary fixture in Towson since 2007, plans to move to a new location in Parkville, closing its store off Dulaney Valley Road next month. The relocation follows notice from the landlord that the business would have to leave its 10,000-square-foot space, said Edward Whitfill, general manager and co-owner. The firm has a new property on Harford Road inside the Beltway under contract, Whitfill said. He declined to share the address because it is occupied. He said he’s not sure of an opening date. Whitfill said he hopes the new spot — which will be about half the current size and owned by Ukazoo — will stabilize the business. Ukazoo, which sells new and used books, has not turned a profit in recent years as rental costs ate up a larger share of smaller sales, he said. Ukazoo must be out of its current space by mid-December and is hosting a large sale in anticipation of the move. the past four years compared to the previous four, an improvement it credited to a newtree trimming protocol, the company announced Wednesday. While more than 60 percent of BGE’s electric lines are underground, BGE has 10,500 miles of overhead lines that are vulnerable to tree interference. New electric reliability standards adopted in 2012 by the Maryland Public Service Commission prompted BGE to update its approach to managing vegetation near power lines, removing more branches that overhang power lines and making other changes aimed at reducing outages, it said. In addition to reducing the frequency of outages, BGE has reduced the average length of an outage by 47 minutes since 2012, not including significant weather events, it said. BGE plans to invest close to $27 million on vegetation management in 2016. berg, which manages about $13 billion in equity capital. The joint venture enables Lindsay Goldberg to invest in the skilled nursing industry with Omega’s experienced team, said Taylor Pickett, CEO of the Hunt Valley-based real estate investment trust. The 64 facilities, acquired from Welltower, another health focused real estate investment trust, will be leased to Genesis Healthcare subsidiaries and are expected to yield $103.9 million in annual rent in the first year. Genesis is already one of the biggest operators of facilities for Omega, which owns about 1,000 properties in 42 states and the United Kingdom. ing for teachers, where founder and CEO Jess Gartner rented space during her days in Teach for America. Allovue, which she founded in 2013, announced it had raised $5.1 million in Series Afinancing in December. At the time, the company employed 10 people, a staff that has grown to about 22, including 15 who work on site, executive assistant Jessica Garrett said. The bigger space will let the firm add more staff and host bigger events and meetings, she said. The firm relocated about a month ago from Mount Vernon.