Real Estate & Retail

Location, personal touch drive tasting room growth

December 28, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Upland Brewing Co. and Chateau Thomas Winery are broadening their use of tasting rooms, opening outlets far from their production facilities in hopes of attracting new customers.
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Housing meltdown claims at least one homebuilder

December 26, 2009
Scott Olson
Two more local homebuilders fell victim in 2009 to the prolonged meltdown of the housing market. Carmel-based C.P. Morgan Communities LP closed in February, and Indianapolis-based Hansen & Horn Group Inc. is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
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NEWSMAKER: Mel Simon was shopping mall pioneer

December 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
Mel Simon, who died at 82 on Sept. 16, changed how America shops. He was chairman emeritus of locally based Simon Property Group Inc., the nation’s largest owner of retail real estate.
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Lauth Group leads slide in commercial real estate

December 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
The outlook for commercial real estate development continued to worsen in 2009, as one major name faltered and other companies scrambled to redesign their business models and capitalize on the carnage.
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Trustee chooses $20.5 million Buckingham plan for old YMCA

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Center Township Advisory Board has picked Buckingham Cos. to redevelop a 2-acre property it owns at 860 W. 10th St. near the IUPUI campus.
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Insurance company rejects Steak n Shake takeover bid

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
A small Michigan insurer has rejected an acquisition bid from The Steak n Shake Co., describing the offer as a "hostile takeover attempt."
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Durham firm departing top floor of Chase Tower

December 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham's Obsidian Enterprises Inc. plans to vacate the top floor of the state's tallest building next month, real estate sources say.
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Cash-flush Finish Line likely to open new stores

December 23, 2009
Scott Olson
With an improved balance sheet and $150 million in its pocket, the athletic-gear retailer is looking at new locations and improving its online shopping hub.
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Finish Line profit exceeds analyst expectations

December 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Finish Line Inc. barely eked into the black in its fiscal third quarter, but even that exceeded analysts’ expectations.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake turning away from core business

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. is taking a dramatic turn away from its core business with a bid to purchase a Michigan insurer in a deal valued at almost $37 million.
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AIMCO rethinks sale of four apartment complexes

December 22, 2009
Tom Harton
A Denver-based company that just sold its largest Indianapolis apartment complex has taken its four remaining local properties off the market.
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BREAKING: Steak n Shake offers to acquire Michigan insurer

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. has offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Fremont Michigan Insuracorp Inc. in a deal that could be worth almost $37 million.
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Experts see 'great concern' over local construction outlook

December 21, 2009
Scott Olson
A symbolic topping-off ceremony early this month to celebrate a milestone on the massive JW Marriott hotel project can’t hide the anxiety felt within the construction industry.
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Prosecutor Brizzi a big player in real estate

December 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Carl Brizzi partnered on a bank branch, took an ownership interest in an office building and flipped condos.
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Property tax caps stand good odds in the 2010 legislative sessionRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Norm Heikens
Lawmakers are likely to pass property tax legislation, which would send it to a voter referendum in November and potentially into the state constitution.
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Giant Heartland Crossing housing development hangs on

December 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Short sales and foreclosures in this 2,200-unit development began cropping up several years ago and continue today.
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General Growth says it will consider acquisition offers

December 18, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
General Growth Properties, the Chicago mall owner that Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. is interested in buying, said the company will consider all offers and may sell shares to the public to raise capital.
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Brightpoint pays $31M for distribution facility

December 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Brightpoint Inc. has closed on a $31 million deal to purchase its 495,000-square-foot distribution facility in Plainfield.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake plan makes 'perfect sense' to investment pro

December 15, 2009
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co.’s unusual plan to initiate a reverse stock split has the support of at least one local investment adviser, if in fact the company’s CEO is attempting to model it after Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.
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Binford group plots next steps in retail revival

December 15, 2009
Tom Harton
The commercial area at 71st Street and Binford Boulevard is recovering from its funk, but a true transformation hinges on implementing a master plan.
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Steak n Shake plans 20-1 reverse stock split

December 15, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co., in an unusual gambit, plans to initiate a reverse stock split that would reduce its number of shares outstanding from almost 29 million to just 1.4 million and boost its per-share price from roughly $12 to $240.
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Local home builder placed in receivership

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
A receiver appointed to manage the assets of financially troubled Hansen & Horn Group Inc. will recommend whether the Indianapolis-based home builder should remain in business.
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Stout's Shoes still in step after 123 years

December 12, 2009
Brock Benefiel
After more than a century in business, Indianapolis-based Stout’s Footwear Co. isn’t just surviving. It also is proceeding with plans to open a store next year on the city’s north side.
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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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General Growth deal would extend Simon's mall dominance

December 12, 2009
Cory Schouten
Wall Street analysts have described the potential sale of Chicago-based General Growth Properties as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a company to make “the deal of the decade” in the shopping-mall business.
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