It's time for a retail roundup

October 17, 2007
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Compass RoseSouthport shakeup. Big changes are underway at Southport and Gray roads on the south side. An LA Fitness, the city's third, is under construction on 4.5 acres west of Gray Road. The building seems obnoxiously close to the road, almost like the site wasn't really big enough. Anyone seen it? The LA Fitness is scheduled to open in early 2008. Next door will be a Starbucks, scheduled to open in November. Closer to Gray Road, workers are building a new Waffle House to replace both an old Waffle House and an Amoco. The Super 8 hotel stays put.

Fashion Mall update. Hip clothing retailer Anthropologie plans to open a 10,000-square-foot store, its first in Indiana, on Oct. 26 in the former Eddie Bauer space. Abigail's bridal shop is moving to a 1,400-square-foot space next door to the first-floor cookie shop.

Fit in Fishers. St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Lifestyle Family Fitness is planning a fitness facility in Fishers, but no word yet on the location. The chain is setting up a storefront office to sign up new members at 7266 Fishers Crossing Dr. Other Indianapolis-area locations with signed leases are 7609 S. Shelby St. and 9525 N. Meridian St. Lifestyle also is building a gym along 82nd Street.

Coming to Castleton. Two new retailers have signed leases at the Linens N Things Plaza at 86th Street and Allisonville Road in Castleton, Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Company said today. Sola Salon Studios plans to take 4,600 square feet and open in November, and One World Market, a Japanese grocery store and cafe, plans to take 3,500 square feet and open in December.

  • I work accross the street. We'll spend the rest of our working lives walking out the door and looking at a huge blank wall. I've seen LA's facility on South 135 and it appears impressive (perhaps a bit overdone), but nonetheless an expensive facility. This one on Southport has it's entrance on the side with the rear facing the Starbucks. Horrendous planning on behalf of those who approved the building of this facility, I must say.

    The other questionable approval nearby is the new hotel whose rooms on the back side of the hotel overlook the roof of an adjacant Speedway station. Why in the world would anyone do that?
  • Cory, when will the Fashion Mall begin its expansion?
  • I think it's interesting that the new LA Fitness on Southport Rd. is only a couple of miles from the new Lifestyle fitness on US 31. I'm not sure the market can support both of them being so close together. If I was to bet on a survivor I go with LA Fitness. Lifestyle is in a bad location IMO and LA can draw from Franklin Township, which should be a stronger demographic for them than Perry.
  • The sad thing about the development on Southport Road is the lack of planning for infrastructure, in particular roads. The Target shopping center with entrances and exits only on Emerson is about the worst design that any rational person could imagine. The whole intersection of Southport and Emerson, and now Gray road is a mess and it will get worse before it gets better (if ever!)
  • Long Time, First Time..

    I am afraid that one day I will be driving on Southport and the building will just jump out into the road and eat me. It looks quite awkward! I concur.. poor planning by someone. Is there a specific reason the building had to be along the right-of-way?
  • Excellent points, berwickguy and Braden Walker. I don't think developers would stand a chance of getting projects like these approved in Nora or in Carmel. But there seems to be a different approach to development in some parts of the south side. If more residents start demanding better, maybe they'll get it.
  • cityfan: Construction on the Fashion Mall expansion is slated to begin in 2008.
  • Braden are you from Shelbyville?
  • Yup.. Shelbyville born and raised. Who knew when it said Name (required) it didn't mean.. type your FULL name. Oops.. Want to contact me.. type first name last name gmail com.

    Thanks for keeping us all updated with this blog.. it's fantastic!
  • Hahaha! That's why you won't catch Da Hooey dead or alive on the SouthSide. I mean - why would anyone even go there? What do they have that we northsiders need? Nothing!

    Why do you think we call them hicks? :)
  • Da Hooey... Troll much? Hell, that wasn't even a good troll.
  • when i troll, you will know it. just statin fax. too bad you live down there. :llama:
  • At what point did I say I live on the South side? Not too bright, are you?
  • You look like you live on the SouthSide.

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