Real Estate & Retail

'Smoke free' needs to be the law in all Hoosier public placesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
If Indianapolis is going to be a first-class city, it needs to have a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.
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Franchises can be safer business investments in tough timesRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Scott Olson
What is the current state of franchising, given the tough economic environment?
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Indian truck maker Mahindra making inroads at local dealersRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Ford dealers John Pearson and Ray Skillman will be among the 300 domestic dealers of Mahindra trucks and SUVs when the company makes its U.S. passenger car debut as early as next summer.
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Local stores promote service and uniqueness, not discounts, during holidaysRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Scott Olson
Indianapolis merchants are banking on customer loyalty to achieve sales they hope will surpass the gloomy expectations forecast for the holiday shopping season.
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Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle attracts talented local brokers to establish Indy branchRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
Some of the city's most prominent commercial real estate brokers have resigned from locally owned Meridian Real Estate to launch an Indianapolis affiliate of Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Lease-to-own options becoming more popularRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
With credit tight and the economy shaky, homeowners around the region are increasingly choosing to sell their properties on a lease-to-own basis.
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In a recession-ridden holiday, shop and give locallyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
When it comes to holiday shopping and charitable giving, act locally.
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Bold bets on Hoosier firms yield horrific results so farRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
The millions of dollars they plunked down to buy stock in local companies over the past two years have shriveled in value, leaving them way, way below break-even.
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Worst auto market in 30 years might force consolidationRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
New car dealers, usually among the most resilient of all small businesses in weathering economic downturns, are hanging on for dear life this time around, portending a shakeout among Indiana's 520 dealers.
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Kosene & Kosene embroiled in 62 lawsuitsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis developer Kosene & Kosene is battling buyers over a $500 million condo project near Fort Myers.
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Despite sour economy, retail developers press onRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
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Duke Realty star starts new companyRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Aasif Bade started Ambrose Property Group with three employees this month.
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Y&L ad firm making 'significant' staff cutsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Young & Laramore is making what it says are "significant" staff cuts in the wake of losing the Steak n Shake account.
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Exit of anchor complicates Lafayette Square overhaulRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Chip Cutter
The demise of apparel retailer Steve and Barry's University Sportswear deals another blow to efforts to turn around the ailing Lafayette Square Mall.
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Meridian founder steps asideRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Veteran office broker John Robinson, one of the founders of locally based Meridian Real Estate, has left the firm and is working on a new venture.
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Fishers tables $100M developmentRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
An Ohio developer and the town of Fishers have agreed to cancel a 2007 development agreement that called for a $100-million mixed-use project featuring 250,000 square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of office.
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Automotive Finance Corp. writes off $162 million, reflecting slow auto salesRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Slowing auto sales have forced Carmel-based Automotive Finance Corp., which lends money to car dealers to buy used vehicles at auction, to take a big write-off on the declining value of its loan portfolio.
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Self-serve chili could help Charlie & Barney's grow nationallyRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Sam Stall
Charlie & Barney's is quietly expanding into unorthodox niches, placing its product in unusual places — like convenience stores.
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HHGregg looks to grow as other consumer electronic businesses falterRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Greg Andrews
HH Gregg has grown from a local to a national consumer electronic store chain and has its eye on expanding further, given Circuit City's bankruptcy filing.
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Green Mountain entrepreneur compiles 17-percent stake in struggling Noble Roman's

November 24, 2008
Cory Schouten
Robert P. Stiller, a lifelong entrepreneur who built Green Mountain into a wholesale coffee giant with 7,000 customers and $500 million in revenue, owns 3.4 million shares, or 17 percent of the Noble Roman's company.
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After a dozen years, Natural Stone Specialist growing seeks more commercial bizRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Whitney Lee
Twelve years after opening Natural Stone Specialists, Laura Christy is still just as passionate about the Carmel-based business, which sells high-end stone, metal and glass tiles.
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Architect recognized for 'green' effortsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The U.S. Green Building Council recently honored local architect Bill Brown for his contributions to sustainable design and construction.
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California's Blue Real Estate establishes local presenceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Blue Real Estate, a California firm that made a bundle selling West Coast office buildings at the market's peak, has been buying up local buildings and trying to learn the Indianapolis market.
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Builders challenge park fee in ZionsvilleRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Zionsville Town Council members have until Nov. 17 to decide whether to appeal a judge's decision last month that invalidated the town's park-impact fee.
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Steak n Shake seeks younger customersRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake hopes to create buzz with its new marketing plan targeting youth.
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