Meeting and event planners spend years poring over details for big functions, plotting minute-by-minute schedules, and
brainstorming every possible contingency to stave off disaster. Sometimes, though, even the best-laid plans go
Few commercial real estate properties are changing hands in the Indianapolis area these days, creating challenges for brokers who say it's becoming increasingly difficult to determine the value of properties.
The locally based headwear retailer Hat World made a name for itself by snatching up competitors and opening hundreds of
stores around the country. However, after sluggish sales in the fiscal year that ended Feb. 2, the company--a
unit of Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc.--says it plans to open fewer stores than usual this year so
officials can put their focus back on existing operations.
At a time when Starbucks is closing hundreds of stores nationwide, he and other local independent coffeehouse owners say they're doing just fine, largely because they're infusing their stores with personality and offering consumers an experience chain stores can't replicate.