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OfficeWorks acquires competitor’s local operations

January 7, 2011
Fishers-based furniture dealer and office space designer is purchasing the assets of Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Office Environment's Indianapolis location on East 33rd Street. Both companies are Herman Miller dealers.
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HHGregg shares slide on lower earnings outlook

January 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer attributed its lower outlook to weak demand for new video technology products. Sales of LED and 3-D televisions were less than expected while sales of lower-priced TVs were higher than anticipated.
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Spending data show strong December sales

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, according to data released Wednesday.
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Marsh in Shelbyville among latest stores to close

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
The supermarket chain has closed a store in Rushville and will shut others in Shelbyville and Connersville by the end of February. The closures will leave Marsh with 97 stores, about half of which are in Indianapolis.
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Goodwill angles for donations during weak economy

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recovering, yet-still-weak economy puts charity retailer Goodwill in a sweet position. Consumer spending is up, so more old stuff makes its way to thrift stores. At the same time, high unemployment means the bargain hunters are still out in force.
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Santa feeling stays with shoppers after Christmas

December 27, 2010
Associated Press
People hit the stores after Christmas to buy, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever.
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Art museum closing design-centered gift shop

December 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will close its design-centered gift shop next year to make way for a display about the Miller house and gardens in Columbus, Ind.
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Strong holiday sales give Finish Line a boost

December 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The company said on Tuesday sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.5 percent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Ricker rebranding 17 Indianapolis convenience stores

December 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
Anderson-based Ricker Oil Co. is changing the name on the ampm shops, which it acquired in 2008 from a division of oil giant BP, to match the remainder of its 50 Indiana stores.
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Retailers scout new Indy-area locations

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Several restaurants, including three pizza chains, and an adult-oriented retail store are planning new locations around the city.
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Naysayers place big bet HHGregg will stumbleRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
Traditional analysts are high on the electronics retailer, but short-sellers, those who profit when a stock falls instead of rises, couldn't disagree more.
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Holy Cross startup sees plenty of room for more craft brewers

December 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
A startup brewery called Flat 12 Bierwerks has ignited a revival along lonely Dorman Street in Holy Cross, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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INSIDE DISH: Saffron Cafe surges in second year

December 17, 2010
Mason King
Dish Saffron Watch VideoAfter a $150,000 startup and skin-of-their-teeth opening in 2009, sales at downtown's Moroccan eatery have spiked as word has spread.
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UPDATE: United Kingdom mall owner rejects Simon bid

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, the United Kingdom's biggest shopping mall owner, turned down Simon Property Group Inc.'s $4.6 billion bid, describing it as "inadequate."
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Simon bids $4.6B for U.K.'s Capital Shopping

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. mall owner, made an offer for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc that values the U.K. company at $4.6 billion.
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TJX closing South Bend facility, cutting 725 jobs

December 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than 700 workers will lose their jobs when an A.J. Wright distribution center in South Bend closes next year as part of as a national consolidation by parent TJX Cos.
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Simon’s options for Capital Shopping takeover dwindling

December 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. may be running out of options in its quest to take over Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc and become the largest mall owner in the United Kingdom.
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Longtime local Cadillac dealer loses fight to sell car

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Tutwiler Cadillac, which has sold Cadillacs in the Indianapolis area for almost five decades, has lost its franchise despite a long battle with General Motors.
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Steak n Shake's annual profit sizzles

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain grew pretax profit in fiscal 2010 to $37.7 million, a 331-percent increase compared with the previous fiscal year.
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$7.5M Fletcher Arts project gets back on track

December 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Developer and architect Craig Von Deylen is finalizing plans for a mixed-use project just west of the intersection of Virginia Avenue and East McCarty Street.
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Online 'daily deals' coupons transform local advertisingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A big-dollar offer from Google for Groupon—the undisputed king of a U.S. daily deal industry already worth $2.5 billion a year—has emboldened an armada of coupon competitors looking to grab a piece of the fast-growing market.
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TJX closing A.J. Wright brand, cutting 4,400 jobs

December 10, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis has four A.J. Wright stores that are slated for conversions rather than closures.
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Feds charge Marsh with unfair labor practices

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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INSIDE DISH: Irvington favorite breaks off slice for Greenwood

December 3, 2010
Mason King
Jockamo Watch
                           VideoThe owners of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza had seen other local eateries sink after expanding. They weighed many risks before pulling the trigger.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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