Franchises

Noble Roman's reports loss

November 11, 2010
Costs related to discontinued operations prompted the loss for Noble Roman’s, which is shelving its traditional store model in favor of offering its products in convenience and grocery stores.
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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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PROXY CORNER: Noble Roman's Inc.

September 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. is a franchisor of Noble Roman’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs restaurants.
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Strong Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

August 26, 2010
Sales of toning footwear helped the Evansville-based company post record earnings in its fiscal second quarter.
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Steak n Shake parent sees profit, revenue rise

August 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Biglari Holdings Inc. said revenue in the quarter rose 9.4 percent over the year-ago period and same-store sales increased by 7.5 percent
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MZD Advertising expands with franchising divisionRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
MZD Advertising is stepping outside the realm of traditional agency work to grow its revenue stream. In the process, it’s attempting to bring a new form of auto racing to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis retailers plan new stores, relocations

August 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A new restaurant near Lucas Oil Stadium is among several new or relocated retailers around the city.
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BP disaster casts shadow over Hoosier enterprisesRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
BP franchisee Ricker Oil and Conner Prairie, whose balloon ride is emblazoned with the company logo, find themselves awkwardly linked to the disastrous Gulf oil spill. illainous image.
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Indoor amusement center could have new owner

June 9, 2010
Springfield, Mo.-based America's Incredible Pizza Company is negotiating to purchase Xscape and could have a deal finalized as soon as Wednesday.
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Noble Roman's reports lower profit, revenue

May 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based pizza and sub chain saw a decline in royalties and ongoing fees from franchisees in the first quarter.
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All Things Automotive aims for national reach, 20 stores by year-endRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Chris O'Malley
GM's axing of its Saturn brand may fuel the nationwide emergence of an Indianapolis-based used-car franchisor. The first All Things Automotive franchise will open this month in Fishers, at the former Saturn store owned by Lockhart Automotive Group.
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Steak n Shake unveils new restaurant prototype

April 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The company now known as Biglari Holdings Inc. on Thursday unveiled a new prototype for future Steak n Shake restaurants. CEO Sardar Biglari said the goal is to open about 1,500 new franchise locations in the coming years.
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Former Saturn franchise in Fishers enters new orbit

March 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An All Things Automotive franchise is replacing Saturn of Fishers. The concept, aimed particularly at displaced Saturn dealers, involves used-car sales and service bays stocked by Carquest.
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Kmart closing adds to Connersville jobless woes

February 11, 2010
Kmart's announcement that it will close its store in Connersville in May will put 59 employees out of work. Fayette County, where the city is located, already is strapped by steep job losses.
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Steak n Shake CEO buys more shares

January 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. CEO Sardar Biglari bought $290,000 worth of stock in the Indianapolis-based burger chain last week in another big bet the company's shares are undervalued.
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Bloomington panel won't support chain-store ban

December 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A task force appointed by Bloomington's mayor will instead look at other options for protecting the small-town character of the city's downtown from standardized chain stores and eateries.
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Noble Roman's gives in to shareholder demandsRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Cory Schouten
Pizza chain Noble Roman's Inc. says plans for its first investor meeting in seven years have no connection to an investor's lawsuit.
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Noble Roman's reports profit despite lower revenue

November 10, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. said late Monday that it posted a third-quarter profit of $459,535, or 2 cents per share—a 44-percent improvement over the same period last year. But revenue for the quarter fell to $1.9 million, from $2.2 million in 2008.
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Bloomington chamber weighs in on chain-store ban

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is opposing Mayor Mark Kruzan’s proposal to restrict chain stores and restaurants downtown.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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Steak n Shake nearer to merger with steak chain

October 23, 2009
Under terms of the deal, Steak n Shake will pay Western Sizzlin shareholders $22.9 million and Western will pay its shareholders a $15.9 million stock dividend, making the total deal worth about $38.8 million.
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Northeast-side CVS gets nod

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69 over the objection of city planners.
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Noble Roman's wins latest round in fight with franchiseesRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of former franchisees of Noble Roman’s Inc. has hired a new attorney to represent them in a case against the chain after a Hamilton County judge tossed their old lawyer.
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Indianapolis loses two Bally fitness centersRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The closures come as the parent company reorganizes and competitors pump up their local presence.
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Spicy Pickle sued for unpaid rent at Castleton SquareRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group Inc. has filed suit against Spicy Pickle franchisee AJ Enterprises LLC, seeking more than $977,000 in unpaid rent for a prime space at Castleton Square Mall.
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