Retail

Finish Line stock falls after analyst's downgrade

September 13, 2012
Associated Press
An analyst downgraded The Finish Line Inc.'s stock on Wednesday, saying that the Indianapolis-based sneaker and athletic clothing retailer will likely continue to lose share to rival Foot Locker.
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HHGregg's new push: Selling treadmills alongside TVs

September 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
The appliance and electronics retailer is quietly launching a test of furniture and fitness equipment, with rollouts scheduled for 31 of its more than 200 stores.
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Steak n Shake loses appeal over franchisee’s pricing

August 24, 2012
Indiana Lawyer Staff
A longtime Steak n Shake franchisee who sued the chain after it insisted on setting prices for menu items prevailed again Friday as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an Illinois federal court’s ruling in the franchisee’s favor.
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Simon again considering acquisition of shopping mall rival

August 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
One of General Growth Properties Inc.'s largest shareholders says Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group has discussed acquiring the Chicago-based shopping mall competitor.
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Don Marsh fighting to keep jury from learning he took FifthRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Greg Andrews
Attorneys for Don Marsh are trying to ensure that his refusal to answer questions during a 2010 deposition doesn’t come back to haunt him when Marsh Supermarkets' lawsuit against him goes to trial in October.
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Steak n Shake customer traffic up in latest quarter

August 14, 2012
Biglari Holdings Inc., parent of Steak n Shake, said Friday that customer traffic to the restaurant chain grew 2.2 percent during the quarter ended July 4, boosting same-store sales 2.9 percent.
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HHGregg posts quarterly loss on poor TV sales, as expected

August 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Disappointing sales at stores open at least a year dragged Indianapolis-based HHGregg Inc. to a rare quarterly loss, the appliance and electronics retail chain said on Thursday.
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Fashion Mall landlord suing tenant over unpaid rent

July 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A division of Simon Property Group Inc. is suing Brisbane, Calif.-based Bebe Stores Inc., claiming the women's clothing retailer owes it $64,000 in unpaid rent.
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J.C. Penney sells Simon Property stake for $248M

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
J.C. Penney Co. said Monday that it is selling the bulk of its interest in mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. for $248 million as it focuses on its core business.
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Lids division renews contract with IUPUI

July 23, 2012
Under the five-year deal, Nike will maintain its status as the official outfitter of all student athletes on the 16 varsity sports teams at IUPU. The initial deal was signed in October 2009. Terms of the current agreement were not disclosed.
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HHGregg setbacks reflect deeper woes, some fear

July 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Retailer's operating income is the same as five years ago, even though it has triple the number of stores.
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INSIDE DISH: Unlikely pair pilot Ship to profit

July 20, 2012
Mason King
Dish_SinkingShip_watchvideoOK, so an accountant and a tattoo artist start a bar. Except it's no joke. Clearly defined roles have helped the odd-couple co-owners of The Sinking Ship navigate a turbulent startup and land on solid financial ground.
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Wholesale prices for used vehicles decelerate in June

July 19, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Wholesale used vehicle prices fell 3.6 percent, to $9,893 on average, in June compared with the same month of 2011, according to data compiled by Tom Kontos, an executive at Carmel-based wholesale auction chain Adesa Inc.
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Mother of man shot to death at Kroger files suit

July 19, 2012
Scott Olson
Jeremi Atkinson was fatally shot in December by a Kroger manager during what prosecutors determined was an attempted robbery. A federal lawsuit filed by Toni Atkinson claims the supermarket chain was negligent for not enforcing a firearms policy.
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Dealmaking, construction picking up on Speedway's Main Street

July 17, 2012
Tom Harton
The six-block stretch just outside the front door of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway was desolate when the town of Speedway formed a redevelopment commission in June 2005.
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U.S. retail sales sink for third straight month

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said Monday. Consumers spent less on autos, furniture, appliances, on building and garden supplies, and at department stores.
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Carmel veterinarian opening animal hospital near Mass AveRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Woodland Animal Hospital owner will take former bookstore space in Chatham Arch neighborhood.
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Meadows neighborhood developer aims for retailRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
New housing, health facility could help attract grocer.
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Honda West negotiating to open Fishers dealershipRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
It's not clear if the car dealer would leave its long-time home on West 38th Street.
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Finish Line's high-tech store prototype still has kinksRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
A prototype store launched by athletic shoe and apparel retailer The Finish Line Inc. on May 25 aims to use technology to marry brick-and-mortar to the company’s online operation. But interactive tablets that are a centerpiece of the so-called omnichannel strategy are not yet up and running.
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HHGregg shares plummet on new earnings forecast

July 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HHGregg Inc. shares plunged Wednesday after the Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer said it expects to report a wider first-quarter loss because of weak sales in its video business. It also cut its full-year outlook.
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Capitol City Ford owner acquires assets of Burd Ford

July 11, 2012
Bob Thomas Dealerships said it plans to operate multiple auto-related businesses at the Burd facility at 10320 Pendleton Pike, including a used-car dealership called Sharp Cars.
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Marsh closing three grocery stores in central Indiana

July 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Marsh Supermarkets Inc. confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it is closing stores in Greenwood, Anderson and Martinsville. Many employees will get a severance package or an option to transfer to another location.
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Cousin wins minor damages in Mike's Carwash lawsuit

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
A Hamilton County judge has ruled that a former co-owner of Mike’s Carwash Inc. receive just $140,000 in damages in a civil case that sought close to $30 million.
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Hofmeister files bankruptcy reorganization plan

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Inc. plans to pay off its creditors over seven years as part of the well-known Indianapolis retailer’s bankruptcy restructuring.
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