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Flea market to take over south-side bowling alley

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A flea market is taking over the former Sport Bowl at 3900 S. East St. Circle City Flea Market has filed plans to take 15,000 square feet in the former bowling alley, a south-side institution for 67 years that closed in May 2008.

The 32-lane bowling alley had struggled since locally based Royal Pin bought it from the Brehob family in 2006. It wasn’t clear whether Circle City Flea Market will close its existing, 75,000-square-foot facility across the street, at 3825 S. East St. A phone number at the year-round garage sale was disconnected.

Other retail news:

• Fuzziwigs Candy Factory plans to open its first Indianapolis-area store in a 1,300-square-foot space at Hamilton Town Center. The Colorado-based chain also has a store in Michigan City. The shops feature more than 400 varieties of candy, along with specialty toys.

• Monical’s Pizza is opening a restaurant in Lawrence at the Indian Creek Shopping Center at 10625 Pendleton Pike. The Illinois-based chain has five other restaurants in the Indianapolis area.

• Panda Express plans to open a 2,100-square-foot restaurant in a shopping center near the IUPUI campus. The restaurant at 645 W. 11th St. would be in the same center as a Starbucks. Panda Express is based in California.

• Illinois-based Aldi plans to build a 19,000-square-foot grocery store at Madison and Troy avenues on the south side. The store likely will replace an existing one about a mile away at 925 E. Hanna Ave.

• Firestone Auto Care is building a shop in a Target-anchored center along 116th Street in Fishers. Nashville, Tenn.-based Firestone is putting the shop between O’Charley’s and Lifestyle Family Fitness.

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