Retail

Big Red acquires United Package Liquors

March 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Bloomington-based Big Red Liquors is expanding into Indianapolis by acquiring the assets of United Package Liquors Inc. and taking over operations of the chain’s 24 local stores.
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Penske takes over Hertz car rental locations in Indiana

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Michigan-based Penske Automotive Group Inc. has acquired 20 Hertz car rental outlets in Indiana and plans to add at least five locations.
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HHGregg merchandising post turns over again

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
HHGregg Inc. on Tuesday hired its third chief merchandising officer in just over a year as the Indianapolis-based electronics retailer continues to struggle to overcome plummeting sales of televisions.
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Settlement talks set for Don Marsh severance dispute

March 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and its former CEO will meet Monday on the issue of whether Don Marsh should have to repay the roughly $2.1 million in severance he received from the company.
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Architects, planners brainstorm Indianapolis transit terminal designRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Mason King
Here’s what we don’t know: what it will look like, what amenities users can expect, and how it will link to rapid-transit lines still in the planning stages. At the moment, the 1.9-acre parcel is a city-owned parking lot, situated on the south side of Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama streets. But architecture, urban planning and mass transit fans imagine it as an empty canvas, with the potential to showcase a signature structure that triggers more development nearby.
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Marsh closing stores in Marion, Columbus

February 22, 2013
The locally based grocery chain said it is shutting down the stores rather than renew leases. Following the closings, Marsh will have 91 stores in Indiana and Ohio.
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Cash-for-gold retail bill passes Indiana House

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House on Thursday approved a bill regulating cash-for-gold stores, which have proliferated since gold prices shot up in 2008.
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Bill to toughen state 'bath salts' laws advances

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require the state to suspend the business license for a year of any retailer caught selling synthetic drugs or lookalikes.
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Office Depot agrees to buy OfficeMax for about $1.2B

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The move would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 office supply retailers and lead to consolidation in an industry that analysts say is over-stored. Office Depot has eight stores in the Indianapolis area and OfficeMax has five.
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Marsh Supermarkets asking former CEO to pay $5.6M

February 15, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
A company lawyer itemized the expenses Marsh Supermarkets believes it is owed during closing arguments Friday. A lawyer for Don Marsh argued that he neither committed fraud nor breached his contract.
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Jury to begin deliberating in Don Marsh trial

February 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The panel of nine will begin closed-door discussions Friday afternoon following closing arguments from attorneys representing Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and the former CEO of the company accused of spending $3.3 million of company funds on personal expenses.
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Witnesses: Don Marsh’s expenses never questioned

February 14, 2013
Scott Olson

Lawyers for the former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets on Thursday hammered home their claims his expenses were widely accepted in the company as normal business costs, while witness testimony revealed a corporate culture that passed the buck on evaluating those costs.

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Marsh Supermarkets rests case against former CEO

February 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Don Marsh got their first chance to go on the offensive Wednesday after Marsh Supermarkets Inc. rested its case against the company's former CEO.
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David Marsh defends trips he took at company's expense

February 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The former Marsh Supermarkets president told jurors: "Every time I used [the plane] I had a time constraint, and my time was valuable to the company."
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Sun Capital execs 'shocked' by Marsh financials

February 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Any feelings of satisfaction that Sun Capital Partners executives had after completing the acquisition of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. quickly turned to "shock and surprise," a managing director of the private-equity firm told jurors Tuesday.
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Downtown projects face crucial hurdles

February 12, 2013
Tom Harton
Two downtown apartment projects seek critical government approvals in the next month, while  another commercial project is on track to start this year.
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Marsh pilot says he flew former CEO to see mistresses

February 11, 2013
Scott Olson
At least twice a month during the year 2000, the pilot told jurors, he ferried Don Marsh to New York City to visit one of his mistresses. Marsh Supermarkets is suing its former CEO in an attempt to recoup more than $3 million in what it claims are personal expenses.
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Lack of restraint caused Marsh family's downfallRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Greg Andrews
What’s extraordinary about the spending spree was that it continued even as Marsh Supermarkets' financial condition grew increasingly precarious.
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Former Marsh CFO sought out bankruptcy lawyers

February 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The former executive of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. said he became so concerned about the company's deteriorating finances less than a decade ago that he took the desperate step of meeting with bankruptcy lawyers.
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Don Marsh says he owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
The disclosure came during the fourth day of Don Marsh's civil trial. The locally based supermarket chain is alleging he used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Marsh defense: Travel was integral to company success

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh's testimony on cross-examination Thursday morning revealed a defense strategy to convince jurors that the frequent trips the former CEO took on the company’s dime were more for business than pleasure.
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Wal-Mart revisits plan for Greenwood store

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
A retail giant that lost its bid to build a store in Greenwood nearly a decade ago is hoping local leaders look more favorably on a new proposal to erect a smaller store at the same site.
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UPDATE: Defense takes turn in Marsh civil trial

February 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh finally got off the hot seat Wednesday afternoon after his former company wrapped up nearly two days of questioning, but he didn't stay off the witness stand for long.
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Finish Line exec resigns after website redesign debacle

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Less than three months after a disastrous launch of a newly designed website that cost the retail company $3 million in sales, The Finish Line Inc. has parted ways with its chief digital officer.
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MainGate calls audible during blackout, tops sales forecasts

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Pregame emergency plans help MainGate Inc. go into scramble mode and keep Super Bowl merchandise shops at the Superdome open even while the lights were out.
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