Grocery Stores

Indianapolis entrepreneurs rescue Choc-Ola from oblivion

May 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chocolate beverage Choc-Ola, launched in the 1940s and pitched to a generation of fans in the 1970s by Cowboy Bob on WTTV-4, is hitting store shelves again. South-side entrepreneurs Dan Iaria and Joe Wolfla are leading its comeback, landing an 18-state distribution deal.
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Marsh Supermarkets settles IRS issue in suit against ex-CEO

May 20, 2011
Scott Olson
A new brief in a lawsuit against former CEO Don Marsh alleges he had an affair with a Russian ice ballet director, bankrolled with company funds.
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Marsh hires Price Chopper executive as chairman, CEO

May 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
As expected, grocery industry veteran Joseph M. Kelley has been named chairman, president and CEO of Marsh Supermarkets Inc., the Indianapolis-based company said early Monday.
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David Marsh fears criminal charges from IRS probe

April 26, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorneys for David Marsh say information the executive has received from the IRS suggest he might face both criminal and civil charging stemming from expenses he submitted for reimbursement while serving as president of Marsh Supermarkets Inc.
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Sunday alcohol sales backers make final push

April 18, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Proposed legislation that would allow grocery stores in Indiana to sell cold beer and alcohol on Sundays faces an uphill battle in the General Assembly.
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Marsh CEO Lazaran leaving company; successor picked

April 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Supermarket News, citing unnamed industry sources, reported late Tuesday that former Price Chopper executive vice president Joseph Kelley would replace Frank Lazaran, who has been CEO of Marsh Supermarkets since 2006.
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Indiana report says drugstores, grocers best at not selling liquor to minors

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Liquor stores didn't do as well, undercutting their argument against allowing other retailers to sell cold beer.
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Noble Roman's expands grocery offerings to boost bottom line

March 12, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis company, founded in 1972, started as a chain of sit-down family restaurants but continues to find new outlets for its products.
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Growth in farmers' markets continues into winter months

February 19, 2011
Sean Morrison
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are about 900 winter farmers’ markets in operation—a 17-percent increase over the past two years. Two thrive locally, one downtown and one in Zionsville.
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Labor board seeks rehiring of fired pro-union store worker

February 9, 2011
Associated Press
The National Labor Relations Board has asked a federal judge to order Fishers-based Marsh Supermarkets to rehire a pro-union worker whom the company fired.
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Marsh hit with second federal labor charge

January 7, 2011
Scott Olson
National Labor Relations Board accuses supermarket chain of intimidating employees at its Beech Grove store for supporting an attempt to unionize. The charges follow a similar complaint NLRB made in November involving Marsh's Georgetown Road store.
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Marsh in Shelbyville among latest stores to close

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
The supermarket chain has closed a store in Rushville and will shut others in Shelbyville and Connersville by the end of February. The closures will leave Marsh with 97 stores, about half of which are in Indianapolis.
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Feds charge Marsh with unfair labor practices

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
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Renewed Sunday liquor fight to focus on money

November 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Backers of the proposed legislation have begun touting a study estimating that as much as $9 million in additional tax revenue would be generated for Indiana by the allowance of Sunday sales.
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Retail giants hope to cash in on local flavor

November 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
National retailers from Macy’s to Walmart, Best Buy to Lowe’s—brands built on national scale and buying in bulk to lower costs and muscle out competitors—are offering a new proposition to customers: Help us become more local.
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Turkey Hill chain targets Indianapolis

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
A convenience-store chain called Turkey Hill Minit Markets is expanding into central Indiana. The chain opened its first Indianapolis store in October and plans to add at least five more by the end of 2011.
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Marsh rolls out new name at certain stores

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The name change could be part of a strategy to rebrand Hometown Markets and make them more appealing for an eventual sale.
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Plans for Kroger-anchored center in west Carmel fall through

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The grocer might reconsider the Altum Garden's site if economic variables change.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Sun Capital's cuts spark union drive at Marsh Supermarkets

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Workers at the Beech Grove grocery will vote Sept. 17. The United Food and Commercial Workers would have to prevail in votes at all locations to provide representation for the entire chain.
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Marsh taken off the market

August 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Marsh Supermarkets plans to continue investing in the local grocery chain after it failed to find a buyer for the chain of roughly 100 stores. Half of those are in Indianapolis.
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Noble Roman's quarterly profit, revenue slips

August 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. profit and revenue slipped in the second quarter as fewer of its traditional Noble’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs stores were operating.
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Marsh workers seek union election at local store

July 12, 2010
Local 700 said worker interest in union representation began to rise at Marsh Supermarkets after Florida-based private equity group Sun Capital Partners acquired the grocery chain in 2006.
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Women leading local food movement

July 10, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Women are leading the movement toward healthful, organic food grown close to home. Farmer's markets, CSAs, food co-ops are sign of growing trend.
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Group tries to turn Sunday booze ban into July 4 fireworks

June 28, 2010
J.K. Wall
An alliance of drugstores, groceries and gas stations is using the July Fourth holiday—which falls this year on Sunday—to drum up more support for ending Indiana’s ban on Sunday retail sales of alcohol.
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