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Simon outlet center in Clarksburg, Md., approved

BY Michael Fickes

Indianapolis — Simon Property Group has received zoning approval from the Montgomery County Council in Maryland by unanimous vote for the development of Clarksburg Premium Outlets at Cabin Branch.

Simon Property Group, New England Development and Streetscape Partners make up the development team for the project, which will add 1,500 jobs and more than $150 million in private investment to the local economy. The development team is planning to open Clarksburg Premium Outlets by late 2015.

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Rent-A-Center opens stores in California, Mississippi

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas – Rent-A-Center has opened its newest locations in Panorama City, Calif., and Corinth, Miss. Rent-A-Center operates 162 stores in California and 37 stores in Mississippi.

The retailer also operates more than 3,000 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. It employs more than 21,000 workers.

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Report: Starbucks parody store opens in Los Angeles

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – A store called “Dumb Starbucks,” with no affiliation with the actual Starbucks chain, has reportedly opened in Los Angeles. According to the Wall Street Journal, the store opened, offering free coffee, on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The storefront looks similar to the storefront of an actual Starbucks and has a similar-looking mermaid logo with the words “Dumb Starbucks Coffee,” and the lettering “Dumb Starbucks Coffee” is also displayed over the front entrance. The products all reportedly have the same name as Starbucks offerings with the word “dumb” in front.

Ownership of the store, which on Saturday had two employees who did not give details of their employment, is unclear. However, customers were given a handout stating that for legal reasons the store is considered a work of parody art and the coffee being served is art. The handout also stated the store is not an attempt to call Starbucks dumb and that the owners view Starbucks as “role models.”

A Starbucks spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the company is investigating the matter.

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B.Sherman says:
Feb-11-2014 05:38 pm

Art may be in the eye of the beholder but if they consider Starbucks to be a role model they have a disrespectful way of showing it.

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