Real Estate & Retail

HHGregg's faster growth boosts risk, potential rewardsRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. had been in business nearly a half century when it hit the 50-store mark in 2004. It plans to open nearly that number within the next year.
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Development firm Sandor leaving midtown for CarmelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Strip-center owner and developer Sandor Development Co. is moving its headquarters to Hamilton County after almost 50 years in Indianapolis.
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Herb Simon purchases Kirkus book review journal

February 11, 2010
Scott Olson
In a move not necessarily stranger than fiction, Herb Simon has bought Kirkus Reviews, the venerable journal of prepublication book reviews. The owner of the Indiana Pacers co-owns an independent bookstore in California and is described as a voracious reader.
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Senator backs down on bill altering historic-district rules

February 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Sen. Patricia Miller will put on hold a bill that would have have stripped the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission of much of its authority. The bill was prompted by incidents including a dispute over St. John United Church of Christ.
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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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UPDATE: Steak n Shake confirms new corporate HQ

February 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. updated its Web site this week to reflect a new corporate headquarters address in San Antonio, confirming a story in IBJ's Feb. 8 print edition.
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Owners, developers see silver lining in health care real estate

February 9, 2010
Tom Harton
Health care real estate has survived the nation’s weak economy better than most sectors, and some owners and developers think it’s positioned to thrive.
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Steak n Shake changing its name, moving HQ to Texas

February 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis is on the verge of losing one of its most prominent public companies. The Steak n Shake Co. is planning to change its name to Biglari Holdings Inc. and move its headquarters to San Antonio. The Steak n Shake restaurant chain would retain a presence in Indianapolis.
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Law firm adds historic home to campusRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun has finished a careful restoration of the Eden-Talbott House, continuing a strategy of shunning glass and steel.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Brizzi contributor Epperly no stranger to controversy

February 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Harrison Epperly has made a fortune in his business career, but he's also sparked controversy.
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UPDATE: Simon shares climb after profit beats estimates

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
The company raised its average rent per square foot at both regional malls and outlet centers even as U.S. consumer spending flagged.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit tumbles

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Quarterly revenue remained flat at about $1 billion, but profit fell 41 percent, from $196.4 million to $115.9 million.
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Ex-Indiana player Leary arrested in fraud case

February 5, 2010
Associated Press
The 39-year-old Leary was being held Friday in the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington on charges out of Allen County.
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Simon, partner selling European malls for $981M

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Unibail-Rodamco SE, Europe's biggest shopping-center owner, has agreed to pay Simon Property Group and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. $981 million for stakes in seven malls in France and Poland.
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Prominent local car dealer Tom Wood dies

February 4, 2010
Indianapolis car dealer Tom Wood died Thursday morning after battling lung cancer. Wood grew his business from a single dealership he purchased in 1967.
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City lists former Winona Hospital for sale

February 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis' Metropolitan Development Commission sets $667,500 minimum price for the long-vacant property at Meridian and 32nd Streets.
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Movie Gallery files second bankruptcy in two years

February 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The second-largest company in the movie-rental business behind Blockbuster Inc. is immediately closing 760 locations. The chain operates 14 stores in central Indiana, according to its Web site.
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HHGregg's profit, sales rise

February 4, 2010
HHGregg's profit and revenue both increased in its fiscal third quarter, despite a slight dip in same-store sales. The opening of 19 stores helped offset the decrease.
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Deborah Simon says other potential trustees have conflicts

February 2, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon's daughter, who's seeking to remove her stepmother from overseeing a trust that holds her late father Melvin's fortune, says a corporate trustee is a better option than brother David Simon or family financial adviser Bruce Jacobson.
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Clarian eyes vacant Levitz space for office, warehouse use

February 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clarian Health Partners is considering converting a long-vacant, 180,000-square-foot Levitz furniture store on East Washington Street into a center for home-health and pharmacy services.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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Cincinnati investors buy apartment complex anchored by mansion

February 2, 2010
Tom Harton
Sundance Real Estate Holdings and other investors closed on the 37-unit Mansion Row apartments at 2550 Cold Spring Road on Dec. 30.
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Melvin Simon's daughter seeks to oust Bren as trustee

February 1, 2010
Greg Andrews
Deborah Simon is seeking the removal of her stepmother and appointment of a corporate trustee while her lawsuit challenging changes to the late billionaire's will plays out. The move is the latest salvo in an escalating battle over an estate that could be worth $2 billion.
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Apartment developer investing $100M in Hamilton projects

January 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
Carmel-based developer J.C. Hart Co. is making a $100 million bet that luxury apartment communities will continue to thrive in Hamilton County, particularly along 146th Street.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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