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Local chain takes vacant Clearwater restaurant spotRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Zionsville-based Oobatz! will open in building formerly occupied by Uno Chicago Grill.
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Marsh Supermarkets names new CEO from ranks of A&P

November 15, 2012
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Marsh Supermarkets has picked a new CEO to lead the locally based grocery chain.
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Battered Broadbent climbs back from brinkRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Cory Schouten
One of the city’s best-known retail developers is alive and kicking again after a harrowing real estate downturn and protracted legal battle with two lenders.
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Another Broken Egg, Drake’s join local restaurant sceneRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Three others, including Granite City Food & Brewery, are adding to their number of Indianapolis-area locations.
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Local Ruth's Chris franchisee takes aim at breakfast

November 8, 2012
Scott Olson
The operator of the Ruth's Chris Steak House locations in Indianapolis is delving into the breakfast business by acquiring the rights to open 16 Another Broken Egg restaurants. The first is slated to open in February on the north side.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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Suzuki files bankruptcy, leaving U.S. market

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The decision will affect two dealerships in the Indianapolis area: Bob Rohrman's Indy Suzuki and Used Car Superstore and the Ray Skillman Westside Auto Mall, both of which sell new Suzuki vehicles.
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Dry cleaners' solvents taint Martinsville's waterRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the city of Martinsville on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.
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Dry cleaners moving to 'perc' alternativesRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
One of the region’s largest dry cleaning companies recently washed its hands of perchloroethylene, the dry cleaning chemical at the heart of about 170 cleaner site cleanups statewide.
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HHGregg adds furniture, exercise gear as TV sales fall

November 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
HHGregg Inc. is looking for ways to boost sales at its 224 stores in coming months as the homegrown company fights to offset a huge drop in TV sales. The retailer reported a big decline in quarterly revenue Friday, but its shares soared nearly 19 percent.
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INSIDE DISH: Carmel eatery unafraid to break a few eggs, rules

November 2, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Eggshell
                           bistro_watch_videoRestaurateur Larry Hanes stuck to his guns in creating Eggshell Bistro, bending conventions with eclectic decor, artisanal coffees, and a simple menu with restrained portions.
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Lids buying 12 stores from Florida-based Fanatics chain

November 1, 2012
The purchase includes nine FansEdge locations in the Chicago area and one in Oklahoma, in addition to two Football Fanatics stores in Jacksonville, Fla.
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St. Elmo to be featured on cable television show

October 31, 2012
"Drinking Made Easy" traveled to Indianapolis to sample several of the city's hotspots and their cocktails. The episode airs Wednesday night on cable network AXS TV.
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Broncos' Manning to own 21 Papa John's pizza franchises

October 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Peyton Manning will be introduced as the company's newest franchisee in the Denver area during a television spot with Papa John's Chief Executive John Schnatter on Sunday during the telecast of NBC's "Football Night in America."
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City selects developers for Mass Ave project

October 24, 2012
Cory Schouten
City officials have picked the apartment specialist J.C. Hart Co., retail developer Paul Kite Co. and architecture firm Schmidt Associates to redevelop a prime Mass Ave parcel currently occupied by the Indianapolis Fire Department.
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Indiana Fever, Finish Line reach jersey sponsorship

October 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Fever players will wear a prominent Finish Line logo on the front of their uniforms as part of a major sponsorship deal with the Indianapolis-based athletic apparel retail chain, team officials announced Friday afternoon.
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Retailers await decision on $7.2B 'swipe-fee' settlementRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Scott Olson
In what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history, the agreement would resolve dozens of lawsuits filed by retailers against Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and the banks that issue their credit cards.
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INSIDE DISH: New partners boost sales at Pure

October 12, 2012
Mason King
Dish Pure Watch videoReceipts at the locavore's haven in Fountain Square have surged since February, when two new partners took over day-to-day management, redefined the space, expanded the menu and turned its hours of operation upside down.
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Steak n Shake opening in United Arab Emirates

October 9, 2012
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain struck a deal to open 40 locations starting next year in the Middle Eastern country, its first venture outside the United States.
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Gerdt Furniture closing Castleton location

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The 26-year-old store at 8602 Allisonville Road is liquidating its merchandise and is marking down prices as much as 70 percent. Gerdt's original and lone remaining store, in Southport, will stay open.
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Finish Line boosts earnings outlook on Macy’s deal

September 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based athletic apparel retailer expects its sales to grow by $250 million to $350 million a year as a result of a deal with Macy's Inc. to become the department store chain's exclusive athletic footwear partner.
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Kennedys sell interests in running store chain

September 27, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Bob and Melina Kennedy have sold their assets in BlueMile, a chain of running and fitness stores they founded 12 years ago as The Running Co. Co-founders Ashley and Andrea Johnson are now sole owners.
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Women's retailer plans $37M expansion, 242 jobs

September 27, 2012
New York-based Ascena Retail Group, whose female clothing brands include Justice, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn, plans to transform its 794,000-square-foot warehouse in Greencastle into an e-commerce distribution hub.
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Court rules Steak n Shake broke pact with ad agency

September 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A District Court in Indiana this week ruled that Steak n Shake in 2009 breached its $4.36 million contract with its former advertising agency, Georgia-based Varnson Group.
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VIDEO: Work on Fashion Mall at Keystone enters home stretch

September 26, 2012
Mason King
Fashion mall watch VideoMuch-anticipated upgrades to the high-profile Fashion Mall at Keystone will be ready for shoppers by mid-November. Mall owner Simon Property Group provided a sneak peek on Wednesday of work under way.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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