Senator Aided Shoppers in Development Deal: Report

The state senator under federal investigation for his involvement with Shoppers Food Warehouse intervened on behalf of the retailer when it sought public financing and other concessions to build a store in West Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported last week.

LANHAM, Md. — The state senator under federal investigation for his involvement with Shoppers Food Warehouse intervened on behalf of the retailer when it sought public financing and other concessions to build a store in West Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported last week. As previously reported, Sen. Ulysses Currie of Maryland allegedly did not properly disclose his employment with Shoppers, which had hired the senator as a consultant. The report last week said the redevelopment of the Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore, where Shoppers opened a store in 2007, was a “focal point” of the investigation. It detailed Currie’s intervention of behalf of Shoppers, including arranging a 2004 meeting in which Shoppers asked for public financing for the project; and his assistance in getting a financing deal with the center’s developer. Minneapolis-based Supervalu, which owns Shoppers, has said it is cooperating with investigators but has provided no further comment.

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