Uka­zoo Books plans to re­lo­cate to Parkville

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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.

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