Retail

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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Canal Walk popular, but full of opportunities missedRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
City leaders once envisioned the Canal Walk as a bustling pathway lined with restaurants and shops, but residential and office buildings have sprouted instead on most of the parcels along the meandering 1-1/2-mile stretch--making it more of a local amenity than a visitor attraction.
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INSIDE DISH: Nostalgic Shallos does brisk business swiftly

April 27, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Shallos_WatchVideoThe 31-year-old, south-side institution is approaching a potential turning point as it breaks sales records and continues to hone lightning-quick food prep and table turnover.
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Simon boosts dividend after gains in sales, occupancy, rent

April 27, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. said sales at its U.S. malls jumped 11.2 percent in its most recent quarter, to $546 per square foot. Simon malls were 93.6-percent occupied, up from 93 percent.
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Law change allows entrepreneurs to market homemade foodRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Sam Stall
Many Indiana home-based food businesses owe their existence to a law enacted in 2009 that allows them to sell certain types of foods at farmers’ markets and their own roadside stands with minimal state oversight.
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Castleton Square will get new stores catering to youthRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Forever 21 is more than tripling its square footage at the north-side mall by taking the former Borders bookstore space.
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Earth Fare grocery replacing Borders at Hamilton Town Center

April 18, 2012
Cory Schouten
An upscale supermarket chain focused on natural and organic products is taking the former Borders bookstore space at Hamilton Town Center. The store will be the first in Indiana for the privately held chain.
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Finish Line to sell Special Olympics merchandise

April 17, 2012
The agreement to sell the organization's items online and in stores is part of a multiyear partnership in which Indianapolis-based Finish Line has agreed to lend support to Special Olympics.
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Indiana escapes Best Buy's closure plans

April 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana isn’t part of Best Buy’s plan to close 50 stores, the electronics retail chain announced over the weekend.
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Plan envisions hot growth for downtown IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Cory Schouten
A study commissioned by the office of Mayor Greg Ballard envisions a much more densely populated, walkable downtown core stretched by several blocks and supported by another Circle Centre mall's worth of retail and enough new office space to double the size of Chase Tower.
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Agency increases effort to help state's artisans sell waresRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Three years after budget cuts threatened the state-run Indiana Artisan program, the newly independent organization is moving ahead with ambitious plans to broaden its reach—and help artists and food producers build their businesses.
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Former Mike's Carwash partner seeking $30M

April 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Jerry Dahm is asking a Hamilton Superior Court judge to force the two owners of the company to buy his stake in its real estate arm for more than $26.2 million, on top of another $3.3 million he wants from his share in the car wash chain. The two owners already have agreed to pay him $17.1 million.
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Political worries contribute to robust firearms salesRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Sam Stall
The presidential election is still a long way off, but large numbers of Indianapolis-area gun owners seem to think Barack Obama is a surefire bet for a second term. Uneasiness over his re-election (and fear that he might push for strict gun control laws) has sparked a run on weapons and ammunition.
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Hendricks County promotes locally owned pizzaRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Amo Pizza Shop beat out Rock Star Pizza in a competition intended to boost sales for 16 homegrown eateries.
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Hofmeister seeks financing to emerge from bankruptcy

April 6, 2012
Scott Olson
Despite objections from unsecured creditors, a federal bankruptcy judge granted the jeweler's request to hire an outside consultant to help it seek alternative financing to repay the balance of a PNC Bank loan.
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Local automobile dealers enjoy big month of sales

April 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
New car sales nationally rose about 13 percent last month as consumers replaced aging vehicles and took advantage of cheap financing. Sales were way up for many Indianapolis auto dealers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Foodie rebukes allure of 'Plan B'

March 30, 2012
LQ_Hoover_watchvideoWhat did the founder of Cafe Patachou learn from Butler's Brad Stevens? Why not try franchises? Martha Hoover responds in Part II of her IBJ interview.
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Finish Line launches running venture, reports strong sales

March 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Finish Line Inc. will partner with a private equity firm to expand its specialty running shops and develop Run.com, the Indianapolis-based retailer said Friday. The company also reported strong fourth-quarter earnings, but its outlook sent shares tumbling.
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Lafayette Square amusement center closes

March 29, 2012
Scott Olson
America's Incredible Pizza Co. shut down on Sunday, leaving a 75,000-square-foot vacancy in the struggling shopping center on Indianapolis' west side.
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INSIDE DISH: Patachou Inc. has full plate with expansion plans

March 28, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Patachou_WatchVideoFounder Martha Hoover expects to open two new restaurants by the end of the year and as many as six more by 2020, including eateries outside central Indiana.
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New hardware store tries to carve out niche near downtown

March 27, 2012
Scott Olson
In a city and industry dominated by big-box home-improvement chains, North Meridian Hardware owner Keith Payne hopes his independent store can build a loyal following among downtown's denizens.
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Entrepreneurs see early success with new liqueurRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Blue MF is a vodka-and-rum-based liqueur concocted by three Indiana University fraternity brothers turned entrepreneurs. Their firm, Indianapolis-based More Fun Liqueur, launched its signature drink in October and now is seeking investors to help fund expansion.
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French mall operator looks to Simon for know-how

March 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc.’s cutting-edge experience as the biggest U.S. mall owner will help Klepierre SA boost rental income at its shopping centers, the French company’s CEO says.
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Purdue graduate takes top job at McDonald's

March 22, 2012
Bloomberg News
McDonald’s Corp. said Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Purdue University, will take over as CEO, becoming the first black chief of the world’s largest restaurant chain.
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Mike’s Carwash trial awaits closing arguments

March 22, 2012
Lawyers on Wednesday finished presenting evidence to determine the true value of Mike’s Carwash Inc. and how much a former co-owner should have been paid for his share in the company.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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