Real Estate & Retail

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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CarDon trying to adjust nursing homes to hospitals, insurers, patientsRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
J.K. Wall
Family-run company is building nursing homes it thinks will be more attractive to residents and staff.
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Great public architecture is worth the priceRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Public architecture represents a community’s confidence and aspirations. Public buildings are landmarks that welcome and connect us. They celebrate our arrival, become intersections for culture, symbolize our commitment to democracy and justice, and sometimes they heal us.
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Growing demand for apartments pushing up rents

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.
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New highways funds aimed at I-65, job creation

April 3, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
The construction planned with the money, as well as an additional $200 million that's being held pending review, could create as many as 9,800 jobs in the state, INDOT estimates.
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Drivers brace for U.S. 31 closure near Indianapolis

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
Residents and businesses in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis are preparing for the start of an eight-month closure of U.S. 31 as part of the project upgrading it to interstate standards.
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Former HHGregg COO hired to lead bicycle retailer

April 1, 2014
Scott Olson
BikeStreet announced Monday that it has hired Gregg W. Throgmartin as its CEO, the same day as his departure from HHGregg became official.
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Software firm renovating warehouse south of Broad Ripple

April 1, 2014
Scott Olson
TCC Software Solutions is spending $1.8 million to rehab the vacant building at 1022 E. 52nd St. and hopes to move in by the end of July.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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