Retail

Indianapolis airport getting gas station

June 15, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A long-awaited gas station at Indianapolis International Airport is to open by the middle of next year. Plans call for the facility to include a fast-food restaurant, service bay and car wash.
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Burd Ford dealership closing by end of June

June 14, 2012
Manager Jon Parson told IBJ that he had "no idea" why the dealership was closing. Christine Burd took over the business in late 2009 following the suicide of her husband, Richard Burd.
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Sound equipment retailer plans expansion, 316 jobs

June 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A Fort Wayne-based retailer of music and sound equipment said Friday that it plans an expansion that would roughly double the size of its headquarters campus and create more than 300 jobs by 2016.
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U.S. retail chains spending billions in bet on growth

June 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
For all the concern that the U.S. economy may be slowing, retailers from Express Inc. to Indianapolis-based Finish Line Inc. are poised to spend the most on capital improvements since the recession.
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MainSource Bank snags prime former Borders space

June 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
MainSource Bank plans to open its first Indianapolis branch in part of the former home of Borders at the southeast corner of Meridian and Washington streets downtown.
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Interchange project changes retail prospects on west side

June 5, 2012
Tom Harton
Land at the Waterfront Office Park that sat vacant for decades is now ripe for retail development thanks to the reconfiguration of a west-side interstate interchange.
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Developer ups retail ambitions for 86th-and-Keystone siteRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
A Wisconsin developer has beefed up plans for the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue across from The Fashion Mall at Keystone.
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Ritter's owners hope burgers will help fuel turnaroundRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Sam Stall
Hoping to capitalize on the enduring appeal of Ritter's Frozen Custard, the chain's New York owners are launching another attempt to right-size the franchises with a new Indianapolis store, a revamped marketing plan, and burgers and fries.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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Developer Kite to remake key corner in CarmelRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust is planning a Rivers Edge-like overhaul of two shopping centers it owns at 116th Street and Rangeline Road in Carmel. The Indianapolis-based real estate firm already has landed new tenants, including a natural and organic grocery store and a handful of restaurants.
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Steak n Shake woos real estate pros

May 23, 2012
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake made a big splash at the International Council of Shopping Centers deal-making convention in Las Vegas as it pushes an aggressive plan to grow via franchising.
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HHGregg’s profit jumps on life-insurance payout

May 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer on Wednesday reported fiscal quarterly profit of $53.6 million, including $39.6 million from a life insurance policy the company took out on former executive chairman Jerry W. Throgmartin.
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Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal

May 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The case involves an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the company over its mandatory menu and pricing policies. The company's appeal is set to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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Binford-area neighborhood alliance upping ambitionsRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The two main retail centers in a northeast-side development area will be at 100-percent occupancy when Uncle Bill’s Pet Express opens in a small space at Binford Boulevard and 71st Street. Binford Area Growth and Revitalization, a super-neighborhood association better known as BRAG, began striving for this milestone in 2005.
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First-quarter profit, revenue flat for Noble Roman’s

May 15, 2012
The pizza franchisor earned $365,079 in the quarter ended March 31. But it continues to see more growth from take-n-bake products in grocery stores.
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Business Furniture expands into Ohio with acquisition

May 14, 2012
Indianapolis-based Business Furniture LLC, the city's largest office furniture dealer, has expanded into Ohio by acquiring Everybody’s Workplace Solutions Inc. in Dayton.
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Airport faces fiscal headwindsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority recorded a $31.3 million operating loss in 2011, a result that new board President Michael Wells believes underscores the need to find new sources of revenue.
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Noble Roman's top investor loses Green Mountain chair

May 9, 2012
Bloomberg News
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has stripped founder Robert P. Stiller of his position as chairman after he sold shares to meet a margin call at a time when the company’s trading policies prohibited such sales.
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Marsh CEO Kelley quits for job in New England

May 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
Marsh Supermarkets CEO Joe Kelley abruptly resigned Tuesday, and the Fishers-based chain launched a search for its third chief executive in a little more than a year. The company named Chief Operating Officer Bill Holsworth as its interim CEO.
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Growth tear swells Simon Property GroupRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. this year joined the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index, a listing of the nation’s largest and most established companies including Apple, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. The Indianapolis-based company is the only real estate company on the list and is now the largest real estate company in the world.
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Fast-food clients fueling furniture-maker's growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facility Concepts’ can-do attitude has cemented the loyalty of clients like Southern Bells—one of the largest Taco Bell franchises in the country—and propelled it from startup consultancy in 2004 to full-fledged manufacturer.
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INSIDE DISH: Husband-wife team revive sushi joint's reputation

May 4, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Yokohama_WatchVideoScott and Debbie Bennett sank their savings into purchasing Greenwood's Yokohama, which had a past peppered with disappointed patrons.
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Finish Line plans to add 327 jobs as part of expansion

May 1, 2012
The Indianapolis-based retailer of athletic shoes and apparel said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion that will upgrade its e-commerce systems.
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Best Buy's turnaround may pinch HHGreggRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
The struggling electronics chain Best Buy has launched a turnaround strategy that borrows more than a few pages from the playbook of competitor HHGregg.
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