Real Estate & Retail

Loan defaults could cost David Marsh his Geist homeRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
David A. Marsh, the former supermarket executive and current president of the Crystal Flash convenience store chain, could lose his 11,800-square-foot mansion on Geist Reservoir over three defaulted loans.
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Glut of downtown office space grows

August 17, 2009
Cory Schouten
Safeco is leaving a five-building complex on North Meridian Street, and Eli Lilly and Co. has offered for lease its entire four-building Faris campus.

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Tenants trickling in to Purdue’s technology centerRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
For a city feverishly growing its technology and life sciences sectors, it seemed a bit anticlimactic last January when Purdue University dedicated its new technology center with only one tenant. But the lone tenant in the $12.8 million complex, FlamencoNets, a high-tech telecommunications firm, is about to get some company.
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JOSEPH: Don't repeat Marsh's mistakeRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Marsh Supermarkets quickly realized it could not honor the flood of redemptions of the $10 coupon it recently offered to its Facebook friends.

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Deal returns Steak n Shake to steakhouse biz

August 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Steak n Shake Co.’s announcement this morning that it plans to purchase Western Sizzlin Corp. for about $23 million puts the Indianapolis restaurant company back in the steakhouse business for the first time since exiting it nearly a decade ago.
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Steak n Shake acquiring Western Sizzlin

August 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. said it plans to acquire the Western Sizzlin restaurant chain in a deal valued at $23 million.
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Kmart closing Martinsville store

August 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Kmart Corp. has notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that its Martinsville store will close Nov. 30, costing 48 employees their jobs.
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Area home sales, prices still falling

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area dropped 3.1 percent in July over the same month a year ago, according to a report released yesterday by F.C. Tucker Co.
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Steak n Shake posts profit, rise in customer traffic

August 11, 2009
Scott Olson
Steak n Shake Co. late yesterday reported strong profit and big increases in customer traffic and same-store sales for its fiscal third quarter, which ended July 1.
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Noble Roman's profit up, revenue down

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. late yesterday reported a larger profit in the second quarter, primarily due to its continuing efforts to cut expenses by replacing company-owned restaurants with franchises.
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Large HHGregg investor ups stake, surprising analystsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. shares have enjoyed a spectacular runup this year. But the company’s biggest shareholder is making a huge bet that the good times are only beginning.
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Finish Line execs sell shares en masse in recent months

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Top executives at The Finish Line Inc. cashed in stock worth more than $10 million in recent months. They sold many of the shares in July as the locally based athletic retailer saw its stock rise to a high for 2009 of about $9.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
Kim Puckett
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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UPDATE: Simon rents, occupancy buck shopping decline

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Sales still are suffering at shopping centers owned by Simon Property Group Inc., but the Indianapolis-based mall giant managed in the second quarter to keep occupancy steady and eke out an increase in average rent rates.
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Marsh extends olive branch to angry followers

August 4, 2009
Marsh Supermarkets late yesterday issued a mea culpa after it stopped honoring a $10 coupon just days after introducing the online promotion.
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Simon reports loss amid tough retail conditions

August 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis shopping mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. today said it lost $20.8 million in the second quarter in what it called a "difficult retail environment."
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Marsh promotion cancellation sparks anger

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Marsh Supermarkets’ decision to stop honoring a $10 online coupon just days after introducing the promotion has angered hundreds of followers of the grocer’s Facebook page.
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Marsh promotion cancellation sparks anger

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Marsh Supermarkets' decision to stop honoring a $10 online coupon just days after introducing the promotion has angered hundreds of followers of the grocer's Facebook page.
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Plans emerge for Winona Hospital redevelopmentRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis wants the city to tear down the old Winona Memorial Hospital so it can build a community park and outdoor learning center. A private firm that specializes in environmentally impaired properties wants to turn the building into senior apartments.
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GARNER: Urban redevelopment requires dialogue

August 3, 2009
Sanford Garner
Later this summer, architects, urban planners, economists and hydrologists from around the city and around the nation will come to Indianapolis to begin planning for the redevelopment of the area near 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. Known as the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team, it will work with neighborhood organizations and city leaders to develop a renewal plan to turn this blighted area into a thriving neighborhood.
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Local contractor lands project for the president

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based architectural and engineering firm RW Armstrong will provide design and project management services for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, a 65,000-square-foot hangar complex being built at a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va.
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HHGregg growing too fast?

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing locally based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. has seen its stock price rocket more than 80 percent this year as it moves to take advantage of the bankruptcy liquidation of rival Circuit City.
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Downturn provides opportunity for restaurants hungry for expansionRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The economic slump is giving independent local restaurants a shot at prime locations that in good times would be snapped up by chains.
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Duke Realty suffers second-quarter loss

July 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp. late yesterday posted a 32-percent drop in its second-quarter funds from operations, a key performance measure for real estate investment trusts.
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Indianapolis hotels feel pain of national slumpRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates are way down in Indianapolis, as they are elsewhere, but local operators and national analysts think the city is in a good position to bounce back when the economy improves.
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