McNamara Florist plans to open two new retail stores in November: In the Geist area at the corner of Brooks School and Fall Creek Roads, and in Avon at 9655 E. US Hwy. 36. The homegrown florist, founded in 1954 and now headquartered in Fishers, operates seven retail floral shops.
Fat Dan's Chicago-Style Deli is relocating to 54th Street and College Avenue, from a spot in Broad Ripple that closed in July. The restaurant is taking about 1,300 square feet formerly occupied by BoKay Florist, which moved to the southwest corner of Keystone Avenue and Kessler Boulevard. Owner Dan Jarman hopes to open in November.
Teddy's Burger Joint, a homegrown concept founded by Corey and Amanda Larson, is adding a new restaurant in Carmel. Teddy's is taking the former home of Carrabba's in the Merchants Square Shopping Center west of Keystone Parkway between 116th Street and Carmel Drive. The chain also has locations in Southport and Plainfield.
Walmart plans to build a Neighborhood Market, one of its smaller-format grocery stores, along West 10th Street east of Interstate 465, on the site of a former Cub Foods. The giant retailer this month said it plans to build 300 new Neighborhood Markets by 2016, to better compete with drug and dollar stores. Walmart has existing market locations along South Keystone Avenue just inside the I-465 loop and along East 38th Street just outside the loop.
Kim's Kake Kreations & Bakery is moving across the street into a long-vacant former Burger King restaurant at the northwest corner of Madison and Epler avenues on the south side. The space is 2,900 square feet.
Long John Silver's is taking the former home of a Donatos pizza along Stop 11 Road just east of U.S. 31 on the south side. The restaurant will be 2,400 square feet.
O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to take over a former Blockbuster Video store at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Mann Road on the southwest side. The new store will be 6,500 square feet. The Missouri-based retailer has more than a dozen Indianapolis-area locations.
Punch Burger, a homegrown better-burger concept that also serves local brews on draft, has opened along Ohio Street just west of Delaware. Earlier mention is here.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.