Real Estate & Retail

Wal-Mart jumps into the money-transfer biz, loudly

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The world's largest retailer introduced a new money-transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere.
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Report: State political leader had millions on the line

April 17, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Documents show House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.
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Landmark restaurant nears reopening after fire

April 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Donna Tracy said her family is on schedule to reopen the Bluebird Restaurant in the Shelby County town of Morristown on April 28.
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Indianapolis office market shows rise in occupancy

April 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The improvement was sparked by growing occupancy in the suburban office market, where the vacancy rate fell from 20.3 percent to 18.2 percent.
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City christens Market East cultural district downtown

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The area—roughly 14 square blocks—anticipates a passel of new development on and around the former site of Market Square Arena.
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Existing-home sales slide for seventh straight month

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home prices rose, however, as inventory dwindled. The average area home price in March was $161,191, an increase of 6.1 percent compared with the same month of 2013.
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Area home- construction permit filings back on the rise

April 15, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The central Indiana home-construction industry saw its second straight month of improving activity in March following a bitter winter that slowed business.
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HHGregg shares plummet on warning of weak sales quarter

April 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer announced disappointing preliminary sales figures on Tuesday morning for its fiscal fourth quarter, which it blamed on horrendous weather in major markets.
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Chicago firm enters local industrial market with two big deals

April 15, 2014
Scott Olson
CrossLake Partners spent more than $40 million to buy 21 buildings spread between the northwest-side industrial parks of Corporate Center North and Park 100.
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Lender bids $26 million to take over Indiana Limestone Co.

April 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
An investment firm was the only bidder for an Indiana company that supplied limestone to the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and other iconic buildings.
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Monthly retail sales jump by the most in 18 months

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Sales of autos climbed 3.1 percent while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that covers retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target and department stores, increased 1.9 percent.
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Dora Brothers affiliate loses downtown hotel in bankruptcy

April 14, 2014
Scott Olson
The Fishers-based company lost the Comfort Suites City Centre near Lucas Oil Stadium in a bankruptcy reorganization filed by one of its affiliates, which owed a creditor about $12 million.
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Muncie summer recreation site to be auctioned

April 13, 2014
Associated Press
The Water Bowl, a recreation site that has been used by area residents and Ball State University summer students for swimming, fishing, water skiing and camping since 1957, is going to be auctioned. The property could be converted to industrial use.
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IEDC urging government bets on spec-buildingRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is encouraging local governments to help finance speculative industrial buildings, which could land new businesses but could put at risk hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars.
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Steak n Shake sees appetite for organicRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based burger chain won approval in late March from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the “organic signature steakburger.
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Retailer Coldwater Creek going out of business

April 11, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Coldwater Creek Inc., a 362-store women’s clothing chain that has four stores in Indianapolis-area malls, filed a Chapter 11 petition Friday to liquidate inventory in going-out-business sales to begin in time for Mother’s Day.
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UPDATE: Simon Property wins dismissal of CEO pay suit

April 10, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group won't have to face a lawsuit alleging it improperly barred investors from voting on an executive-pay plan that resulted in a $120 million stock award to CEO David Simon. Public documents released Thursday show Simon made about $16 million last year.
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ANALYSIS: Turner stood to lose big in Statehouse fight

April 10, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A top Indiana lawmaker, his family and investors in their company risked losing millions in future profits if a proposed ban on construction of new nursing homes in Indiana had become law this year, an Associated Press review has found.
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Family Dollar to close about 370 stores, cut jobs

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
The discount retailer, which operates nearly 50 stores in Indianapolis, said it will shut down underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
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Trailer parks lure ex-traders eyeing double-wide returns

April 10, 2014
Bloomberg News
Former hedge-fund executives who left Wall Street are finding new ways to milk profits from old trailer parks, including one in Indianapolis.
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Kite sells three retail properties for $35.2 million

April 9, 2014
Indianapolis-based Kite Realty Group Trust, which is in the midst of a major merger, had decided that the three properties scattered across the country were "non-core assets."
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Anderson businessman pays $7.9M for prime farmland

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
More than 800 acres of prime farmland in Delaware and Madison counties sold during open bidding on Tuesday for $7.9 million.
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Approval for $22M sports complex sought in Greenwood

April 8, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The project by Sarasota-based GoodSports Enterprises would include a 124-bed hotel and an attached 85,000-square-foot fieldhouse, built on the land once targeted by Cabela's.
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Revamped hotel key to Muncie revitalization efforts

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
The 91-year-old Roberts Hotel building has undergone a $17 million renovation that created the 83-unit Lofts at Roberts development. The project was crucial to the city's ability to attract a new downtown hotel.
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Purchase of Capitol Clutch building continues area’s resurgence

April 8, 2014
Scott Olson
CrossFit NapTown bought the building at 922 N. Capitol Ave. and plans to expand its strength and fitness program in an area of downtown that's enjoying a rebirth.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

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  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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