Retail

HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

July 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."
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Kite completes $1.2B Inland acquisition

July 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The deal swells Kite’s roster of properties to more than 130, giving it a higher profile, greater operating efficiencies and more clout in negotiations with tenants.
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Simon sues insurance companies over fatal escalator accident

June 27, 2014
Scott Olson
The mall manager has filed a lawsuit against two insurance companies claiming they should have covered its loss stemming from a teenager's escalator fall in 2009.
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Finish Line reports strong quarter as same-store sales rise

June 27, 2014
Associated Press
Sales at stores open at least a year climbed 5 percent, and the company's website improvements and relationship with Macy's also helped to drive profit.
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Carmel retailers play defense against U.S. 31 construction

June 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Business has skidded for some eateries along the corridor as work crews transform it into a limited access highway. Proprietors are reaching out to customers with promotions but gripping the bottom line.
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Washington Prime buys Clay Terrace stake from Lauth

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group spinoff Washington Prime Group on Monday announced deals worth about $326 million involving at least seven shopping centers, including Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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Judge finds ‘rational’ reasons for restricting cold-beer sales

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Judge Richard L. Young ruled the state has legitimately drawn a line by only allowing liquor stores to sell cold beer.
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Noblesville firm plans $3M East 16th Street investment

June 17, 2014
Scott Olson
Slane Capital is developing the project for Better Retail, which plans to move its headquarters from Hamilton County while converting the dilapidated structure just east of the Monon Trail into a hub for food-and-beverage startups.
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MCL stays fresh as cafeteria rivals slide into decline

June 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The company that Charles O. McGaughey and his partner, George Laughner, started in 1950 has outlived thousands of Indiana restaurants—chains and mom-and-pops alike—and remained profitable through the changing tastes and trends of seven decades.
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Bloomington puts new rules on chain businesses

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
The City Council voted Wednesday night to require what it calls standardized businesses seeking to open a downtown storefront to obtain a special zoning permit.
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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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Peapod sees Indianapolis as big growth market

June 4, 2014
Jeff Newman
Peapod Inc. has discovered fertile ground in Indianapolis despite a crowded field of grocery competitors, said Scott DeGraeve, senior vice president at the country's oldest and biggest online grocery-delivery service.
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HHGregg’s board is bullish, but analysts remain skittish

May 31, 2014
Greg Andrews
The company scarfed up $49 million of its stock under a buyback program that ran from May 2013 to May 2014. And last month, the company launched a new buyback program, this one for $40 million.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Shares of Simon spinoff dip in early trading

May 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group has revised its earnings forecast with the Thursday launch of spinoff firm Washington Prime Group.
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Washington Prime shares set stage for NYSE debut

May 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Shares of the fledgling, Indy-based firm hovered just under $21 in advance trading on Wednesday morning, providing a window to its official open Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Shares of Simon Property spinoff to begin trading

May 27, 2014
Washington Prime Group Inc., listed under the "WPG" ticker symbol, will begin trading Thursday. The new real estate investment trust will own 98 retail properties, including 13 in Indiana.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Retailers see stagnating sales of consumer electronics

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
Already squeezed by tough competition from online retailers like Amazon.com and discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, retailers like Best Buy and Sears have been cutting costs and revamping merchandise and store formats to attract customers.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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Grab-and-go meals on menu for Patachou owner

May 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Local restaurateur and entrepreneur Martha Hoover wants to open kiosks offering healthy meals on the go in public places, including along the Monon Trail.
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HHGregg reports quarterly loss, lower revenue

May 20, 2014
Scott Olson
As expected, the company Tuesday morning reported disappointing fourth-quarter sales that led to a $7.2 million loss for the Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer.
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Simon partner looks to buy out co-owners in expansion drive

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Paris-based Klepierre SA, whose largest shareholder is Simon Property Group Inc., plans to spend as much as $686 million a year on expansion.
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BMO Harris shaking up rules of game for car loansRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
BMO Harris Bank’s dealer compensation change—to a flat-fee based on a vehicle’s purchase price—brings to light how consumers have for years unknowingly footed a payment to dealers through higher interest rates on their car loans.
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U.S. retail sales show scant April increase

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose just 0.1 percent in April. Excluding autos and gasoline, retail sales fell 0.1 percent last month.
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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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