Retail

Toyota dealers trying to stop Ed Martin's relocationRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Butler Auto Group has been selling Toyotas in Indianapolis since 1966. Ed Martin Auto Group has been selling Toyotas in Anderson since the 1980s. So when Toyota Motor Sales USA recently allowed Martin to move its dealership 20 miles west, to Noblesville, Rob Butler started seeing red.
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Washington Square’s woes leave it at bottom of heapRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Greg Andrews
The east-side mall's occupancy has fallen to 43.8 percent, down from was 86.6 percent in 2011 and 77.2 percent in 2012.
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U.S. retail sales rebound after two slow months

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture, the Commerce Department said.
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Developer to break ground on Fort Ben project

March 11, 2014
Tom Harton
The 36,000-square-foot building will house 27,000 square feet of office suites. The remainder will be retail, with the local Jockamo's Pizza chain slated to open a restaurant in the largest space.
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New grocery chain plans three local stores

March 7, 2014
Jeff Newman
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a Phoenix-based specialty grocery startup that plans to open its first eight stores this year, has decided on three locations in Indianapolis.
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Office retailer Staples plans to shut down 225 stores

March 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office-supplies retail chain, will close as many as 12 percent of its North American stores and cut as much as $500 million in costs as online competition continues to hurt sales.
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J.D. Byrider adds franchises in seven states

March 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
J.D. Byrider, the largest used-car franchisor in the nation, continued its national growth spurt by opening stores in seven different states between mid-December and Monday, the Carmel-based company announced Tuesday.
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RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
The closures represent just the latest setback for RadioShack, which has been struggling to update its image and compete with the rise of online retailers in recent years.
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Former Simon exec sentenced in mail fraud scheme

March 3, 2014
Scott Olson
Carmel resident Mark Palombaro received a sentence of 18 months in a federal prison for perpetrating a construction kickback scheme in Pennsylvania that prosecutors say netted him $766,000.
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Indiana mall's 'hoodie' signs offend some patrons

March 2, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The signs at the entrances of the Mounds Mall in Anderson state that, "For the safety & well-being of everyone, please lower your hoodie."
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Simon names spinoff Washington Prime Group, picks CEO

February 25, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Simon Property Group Inc. has chosen the name for its planned spinoff of strip shopping centers and smaller enclosed malls, and hired Mark Ordan to be the new company’s CEO.
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Weaver's site sale could lead to Broad Ripple village-park connector

February 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Weaver's Lawn & Garden Shop at 1316 Broad Ripple Ave. has been in business for decades. Now that family members have sold the property, local leaders hope the land eventually can serve as a recreational link.
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Prosecutors want to keep $3.4M from El Rodeo raids

February 19, 2014
Associated Press
Civil forfeiture lawsuits have been filed in Tippecanoe and Marion counties, accusing the Mexican restaurant owners and others involved with the businesses of illegally obtaining the money.
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Artist Noel to sell Sanctuary in Zionsville, relocate to New York City

February 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Nancy Noel is putting the massive gallery and event space on the market for $1.85 million. She'll keep her residence in the area, but plans to open a gallery in the Big Apple.
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Kite paying $1.2B for rival real estate developer

February 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust will remain in Indianapolis after the purchase, which will balloon its holdings to 131 properties covering 20 million square feet of shopping center space in 26 states.
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Mall giant Simon beating back perceptions of Internet threatRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
-Greg Andrews
Brick-and-mortar retailers experienced a rough holiday season, and the doldrums continued through January—fueling hand-wringing among investors and other observers over whether the Internet has permanently diminished the American shopping mall.
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CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost it about $2 billion in annual revenue.
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Longtime Simon Property CFO stepping down

February 3, 2014
Stephen Sterrett joined the predecessor to Simon Property Group Inc. in 1989, before the retailing giant went public in 1993 and eventually became the world's largest mall developer.
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Champps restaurants likely to survive parent's bankruptcy

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankruptcy of a Kansas restaurant company has cast uncertainty over the future of its five Indianapolis-area restaurants—three Chammps Americanas and two Fox and Hounds.
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Simon posts strong quarter as mall occupancy strengthens

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Occupancy in Simon's malls climbed to 96.1 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 95.3 percent in the year-ago period as total sales per square foot increased to $582 from $568.
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Weak sales lead HHGregg to post smaller profit

January 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Shares of the Indianapolis-based retailer had fallen 18 percent by early afternoon Thursday, after the firm reported slumping sales and profit in its latest quarter.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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New owner for 14 West building targeting another restaurant

January 28, 2014
Scott Olson
A recently retired CEO bought the historic building at 14 W. Maryland St. After renovations, he hopes to attract a national chain to the space.
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Court bars Indianapolis’ hour limits on adult bookstores

January 28, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has tossed an Indianapolis ordinance limiting the business hours of adult bookstores from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday.
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Biglari's Steak n Shake licensing deal stirs up criticsRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Greg Andrews
Under the 20-year deal, Sardar Biglari won’t receive royalties if he remains atop the company. But if he were forced out of for anything but malfeasance, or if it were sold, he’d receive 2.5 percent of sales for five years—a sum that could surpass $100 million.
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  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.

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