Around town retail roundup

September 30, 2008
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Compass roseLoads of retail news to report today:
  • UPDATE: The Taste of Tango restaurant may be back on track. A sign on the door says the restaurant is "coming soon" and "now hiring." Old posts here and here.

  • Burberry plans to open its first Indianapolis store at The Fashion Mall at Keystone. The 4,000-square-foot location is slated to open in November.

  • Dunkin Donuts plans to open in the former Ritter's Frozen Custard in Brownsburg. A franchisee for Dunkin bought the store from a Ritter's franchisee.

  • Little Caesar's Pizza is opening two new locations, taking the space of a former video store at 16th Street and Post Road, and vacant retail space along Kentucky Avenue near Mann Road.

  • Sport Clips plans to open a new shop at the northwest corner of Southport and Bluff roads.

  • McDonald's has filed plans for several more McCafes around town, including at 4044 E. Southport Road, 6830 W. 38th St., 3828 W. Morris St., and 4941 Knights Way.

  • Brothers Bar & Grill has begun work on its new restaurant in Broad Ripple.

  • Family Dollar is building a new store along Madison Avenue near Fry Road, about a block away from an old location.
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    • Cory, has the new tea cafe opened on West Market St. next to TJ Maxx in the Block building, I haven't heard anything about the cafe, any info would be appreciated?
    • Good question. It wasn't open when I walked by Friday. I'll swing by this afternoon and let you know.
    • If you haven't discovered Teas Me at 22nd and Talbott give it a try sometime.
      It's a great place with a huge selection of teas.
    • Yeah, they have great teas! I love their Japanese Cherry Green Tea!
    • Any word on the stores at the new 'Lifestyle Center' (somehow taking place of the name strip mall) at 116th & Cumberland in Fishers?

      I've heard Fresh Market, Stein Mart, a Bookstore, and a few Restaurants, but anything set outside of the anchor stores?

      Also, what's the deal with the stalled Arbor Village at 116th & Hoosier. They did everything, but put a building on it. 9 months of dirtwork, laid the road beds, raised the level of the ground to overlook the soccer fields, gave them curb cuts along the street and median, added a pond and parking lot... but, never began constructing the buildings.

      Funds dry up or just delayed?
    • I'm excited about Burberry.......that will help usher in more upscale stores to Keystone (assuming the economy turns around for the better).....Il Mulino was to go in at Circle Center taking over Bertollini's and it apparently still is, but is being delayed a year.......
    • Here's another one for you: Ko's Liquors @ 62nd/Keystone is evidently shutting down/sold out to 21st Amend (I think) or some other local chain likker store, and they are taking the old Ferguson's Express plumbing store on 62nd. I will miss Ko and her snarky attitude :) She was always a blast when you would come in. That all you get? Why you not buy more? How come you not been here so long?

      Alas, another local retailer gobbled up by gomers in bad oxford shirts and stained clip on ties. Has to be Mayor Ballard's fault.
    • Cream and Crimson-

      At 116th and Cumberland they are building a LA Fitness, I don't know about the other stuff.

      At 116th and Hoosier Rd. it has been waiting on tenants. Because of the high architectural details of the center I imagine price per sq. is pretty high. They were talking to some usual suspect nail, cleaners,etc, as well as a nice upscale restaurant. There was an article in the Star not too long ago about it.
    • What? The Ritter's in Brownsburg is gone? The one just north of I-74 on SR 267?

      Ah, ode to Ko:) One of a kind. She will be missed. So, Da Hooey, I lost you....the old “Ferguson’s Express” plumbing store on 62nd

      Where's that? Thanks!
    • What?! Ko is leaving?!?!?! It cant be! That the only place I go to buy liquor. What a sad, sad day.
    • I buy my liquor in Mexico. Anyway, pretty surprising that a Burberry store is opening a location in Indy. Normally, when a high end store opens, more follow. If the economy turns around like Shane says, who knows, the Fashion Mall could catch up with Phipps Plaza in Atlanta and Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale. Then again, if rednecks continue to infect the city with their ignorant mindsets, then a Dollar General Store and Big Lots will open up high end stores that sell items just a dollar more than their counterpart stores.
    • Ahh, Dustin and his ignorant statements are back. Strange how he has nothing better to do.
    • indyman, I wish you didn't expose me like that. What am I gonna do, now that everyone knows about my entire life as much as you do?
    • Ferguson's Express was just a block West of Ko's. They sold plumbing supplies, evidently not as well as Lowes. :lol: Heard later 2nite Ko retired. :(
    • The Ferguson's Express shop was previously the Hostess/Wonder thrift store for many years (on the corner opposite MCL).
    • They need to gring back the Hostess/Wonder thrift store. I have been to the Entenmanns thrift but it is not as good as the old Hostess store.
      I am sure they could find a broad ripple location.
    • On SkyscraperCity.com I mentioned taht Burberry was considering a Fashion Mall location about a year ago and the Louisville crowd thought I was insane. My contact at Simon never leads me in the wrong direction. Great get for the mall and as mentioned, it will only get more and more announcements like this.
    • Does anyone know the opening date of the Dunkin Donuts on the southside in Greenwood Place?
    • And in other news... Yats in Greenwood should be closed by the end of the year. Went there the other night, and they were completely dead and they have been so every time I've been in for the past month.
    • I guess southsiders never warmed to that darn French sounding food served at Yats...
    • A very small part of Yats impending closure might be that Greenwood wasn't ready for that French sounding food but the main reason is their horrible choice of location. Very little has worked well in that strip mall do to low visibility and the inconvenient traffic pattern. You can only get in going south and only leave going south.
    • Agree with Ben - location, location, location. Absolutely terrible location.

      That, plus the quality of their food has gone WAY down.
    • I've been to the Greenwood Yats close to a dozen times and there have always been people in there. Not a lot of people, but it has been steady 5 -7 tables each time. I do agree that the location is horrible. It would have been hard for them to choose a worse location in my opinion.

      I am hoping that Poopies comment was just idle commentary and not official news.
    • note he said should be closed...no official word. I'll believe they're closing when I see it. Been there a couple times and they were getting pretty decent business when I was there. Yats is a distinctive enough place to eat that they'd overcome any location problems there...if I'm craving Yats I don't care if it's just a little harder to get there. Same goes with Qdoba.
    • It is a little harder to see than it should be though...I'll admit that. so they may have more trouble attracting walk-in customers, rather than through word of mouth. of course, southsiders may have difficulty adjusting to something that's not Waffle and Steak - just kidding, i grew up there.
    • For the life of me, I can't understand why some of you are asking about Dunkin Donuts. Who CARES? That is a pit of trans fat laden food, not to only relieve your guilty pleasures, but to also prep your arteries for a heart attack. Some of you are just unhealthy ignorant people.
    • I've eaten a donut, therefore I must be unhealthy and ignorant.

      Appreciate the heads up.
    • No problem Say Anything
    • Dustin I will challenge you to a pentathlon any day of the week, how about the opening day of the dunkin donuts at Greenwood Place???
    • It's certainly not an announcement. But not idle commentary either. Apparently, they're just barely paying their bills right now.
    • Too bad about Crawford's Bakery I am surprised that Taylors hasn't stepped up their game. They have good donuts also better than Dunkin's
    • HB, bub!
    • You flatter me so much Theprofessor. Keep doing it.
    • Dustin........Dunkin Donuts is actually transfat free........just an FYI for ya there buddy
    • The only trans fat remaining in these posts is amassed in Dustin's gray matter, that is only what hasn't already oozed out.
    • berwickguy, you are very charming, keep it up.
    • Shane, trans fats were greatly reduced, not eliminated. Therefore, there ARE still some trans fat in certain foods.
    • They are finally building the Grand Traverse Pie Company at stop 11 and US 31 south. Not that I care that much about pie (I've lost over 35 pounds the last few months) but it's nice to see something going in at that location. It's been an eyesore for a long time there.
    • Hi Kathy. I understand and agree with you that anything is better than an eyesore. Will they have trans fat free pies?
    • Dustin, get over yourself... take a good look at your posts versus the rest of the gangs'. We were fine before you got here, we'll been better once you vacate this blog. Go to sleep!
    • From what I understand here is the story behind K.O.'s liquor.

      Mr. 21st Amend bought out K.O.'s for a lofty sum and and then bought the building where the Ferguson Plumbing was because they do not rent. Must be nice. Now they are trying to put the Cork n Cracker out of business which is directly across the street with their new Wine Shop idea since Mr 21st Amend evidently does't care for the owner of C n C.
      I love greed, Mr 21st Amend is a total douche.
    • Pickle, explain to me exactly what your problem here is. He offered K.O. a lofty sum that she accepted. Therefore this was a mutually beneficial deal for both K.O. and Mr. 21 Amend. Now those that frequented K.O. might be upset by this, but, since K.O. accepted the deal your beef should lie with K.O. for selling her store instead of 21 amend for making the offer.
    • Doctor W, I am sure you know yourself that you have no grounds to tell me what to do. YOU get over yourself. Have a nice day.
    • Dustin...Not sure if there trans fat free. It would be nice though. I'm sure they have sugar free. I agree with you though. A piece of pie or a doughnut wouldn't be that bad once in a while if they used better ingredients instead of man made oils. Real butter is not the best thing for you but at least your body knows what to do with it. Your poor old body doesn't know what to do with trans fats so it just stores it.
    • Great UPDATe Taste of Tango!!!
      Ted Fleischaker just reported in his latest UpDowntown that is seemed to be dead. Glad he was wrong!
    • I'm jusat happy to be part of this important thread. :D
    • I guess I better ramp up my visits to Cork and Cracker to keep supporting them!

      For those who have not been, Cork and Cracker features surprisingly affordable wines, and the owners are so helpful and not at all pretentious. Don't be scared, they are friendly!

      I did half my holiday shopping there last year. Please support this great local business.
    • You know what i just noticed this morning at the local (?) March store? Yogurt. Yogurt now comes in a plethora of flavors and flavor combos. Remember when you could only get, say, cherry, banana, and raspberry? Well, NOW you can get stuff like Key Lime Pie yogurt. Boston cream Pie yogurt, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake yogurt! That and hardees has the best gall durn breakfast bang for the buck in town. We used to go to Biscuits in BR all the time, but shiver me timbers that place is SPENDY! 4 of us for B-fast would lodge in about 40-50 with tippage. Hardees? less than 20 and we eat like those fat Byrd brothers from the southside.

      soyeah, me likey some pie.
    • I'm so clueless to all of the construction taking place in Fishers.

      At 106th and Lantern on the westside of I-69, they have been clearing land for the last 3-4 months and apparently are going to begin building more office complexes. Great idea especially when the first building that was put up almost a year ago still appears to have zero tenants!

      Has anyone heard about the large strip of land just south of 106th on Allisonville Rd? All the trees were leveled nearly 2 years ago yet the property remains a beautiful dirt lot.

      I'm thrilled that construction has not started at the Riverplace project yet. Fishers has such wonderful town management when it comes to construction...sounds like the next big ticket on their agenda is redesigning the entire downtown facade. More cookie cutter houses and vacant new buildings please!
    • Cory,

      Do you know why the Olive Garden on W. 38th went out of business?

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    1. As I understand it, the idea is to offer police to live in high risk areas in exchange for a housing benefit/subsidy of some kind. This fact means there is a choice for the officer(s) to take the offer and receive the benefit. In terms of mandating living in a community, it is entirely reasonable for employers to mandate public safety officials live in their community. Again, the public safety official has a choice, to live in the area or to take another job.

    2. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

    3. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

    4. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

    5. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.

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