Merchandising

HHGregg ready to dust off, ramp up Fine Lines conceptRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Greg Andrews
HHGregg's high-end-appliance Fine Lines stores are shifting into the spotlight as the struggling retailer looks for ways to offset declining consumer electronics sales.
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Eight Mattress World locations to rebrand as PureSleep

October 18, 2013
Mason King
The Michigan-based owner of the Indiana mattress stores plans to take them upscale with a signature sleep-diagnostic system.
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HHGregg strategy shift vaults stock to 52-week high

August 22, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer's stock hit a sort of milestone Tuesday, closing above $18 for the first time since early 2011.
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MainGate scores huge Super Bowl merchandising deal

July 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based MainGate beat out more than a dozen bidders to sell merchandise at 40 NFL-sanctioned hotels during the 10-day Super Bowl festivities next season.
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MainGate calls audible during blackout, tops sales forecasts

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Pregame emergency plans help MainGate Inc. go into scramble mode and keep Super Bowl merchandise shops at the Superdome open even while the lights were out.
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Lids and MainGate gear up for Super BowlRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
The companies, newly appointed to handle merchandise sale for the mega-event, are bringing in talent from across the country to staff the game in New Orleans.
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Retailer Lids strives for Super Bowl dominance

February 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
Lids Sports Group is emerging as an early Super Bowl winner among local businesses after betting big that souvenir sales would shine.
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Groupon miscue menaces downtown restaurant

October 17, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Creation Cafe said Chicago online coupon company Groupon offered discounts it didn't agree to give. Groupon says it had a signed contract.
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Borders turns the final page, will close all stores

July 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The chain of bookstores will shutter its remaining 399 locations by September, including the few left in central Indiana. Company brass blame the changing book industry, eReader revolution, and turbulent economy.
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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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Colts may look to sell souvenirs through vending machines

September 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based MainGate is testing the new NFL merchandise sales technique in Minnesota. Indianapolis could be next.
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MainGate seals deal with Tennessee Titans

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
ndianapolis-based MainGate Inc. signed a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans to handle online and retail merchandising services for the National Football League franchise.
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Espresso Book Machine could open new pages in local retailingRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The pricey Espresso prints and binds books while customers wait. But retailers aren't sure what to expect when the the machine gains wider acceptance.
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Danica Patrick's NASCAR move could fuel MainGate growth

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
MainGate holds an exclusive license to make and sell Patrick’s IRL-centric merchandise, and is now in negotiations with New York-based IMG to get part of her NASCAR-related business.
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MainGate Inc. racks up revenue with NFL deals

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 18, cheers could be heard at MainGate Inc.’s 7900 Rockville Road headquarters. Predictably, Favre jerseys went flying off the shelves—about 6,000 in the first 72 hours—and MainGate gets to keep a portion of those sales. The Vikings are one of six teams the Indianapolis-based merchandising specialist has signed deals with in 2-1/2 years, making MainGate one of the biggest retail players in the goliath of professional sports leagues.
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MainGate takes on VikingsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based merchandiser MainGate Inc. continues scoring deals with National Football League teams. On July 7, company officials announced they had signed a 10-year deal to be the exclusive retail and merchandising company for the Minnesota Vikings.
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Building off Circle finally lands a tenantRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
T-Mobile has inked a five-year lease for a 2,200-square-foot space at the 2 N. Meridian St. building on the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets.
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