Retail

Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.
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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Tower manager proposes 4th Artsgarden skywalk

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Reit Management & Research LLC made a presentation Wednesday to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission for its plans to build a pedestrian walkway between Circle Centre mall and PNC Center.
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U.S. retail sales increase for second straight month

September 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
Purchases increased 0.4 percent, following a 0.3-percent gain in July. Seventeen tax-free holidays in August probably drew more shoppers to malls, where discounts were deeper than those in July.
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As Sardar Biglari stirs controversy, Steak n Shake hums alongRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Sardar Biglari has a penchant for self-promotion. But he's also making a good case for his management skills.
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Fishers shopping center lands new tenants

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust has landed Goodwill, Dollar Tree and Mexico City Grill for a renovation of its Fishers Station shopping center.
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Canadian company buying 12 Crystal Flash stores

September 10, 2010
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said on Friday that it expects to complete the acquisition of a dozen Indianapolis stores this month. Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America.
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Yats owners pull out of upscale bar downtown

September 9, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two weeks after the soft launch of the long-awaited restaurant and bar on the first floor of The Ambassador apartment building downtown, Yats Restaurants has pulled out of the enterprise, leaving partner Tom Megenhardt to go it alone.
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Hat World acquires New York sporting goods dealer

September 2, 2010
The purchase of Anaconda Sports helps Hat World to grow its LIDS Team Sports division, created to expand the Indianapolis-based company's reach beyond hat retailing.
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Eateries cash in on TV appearance

September 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Owners of Edwards Drive In and Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream say they've experienced a large uptick in business after being featured last month on the Travel Channel's popular "Man v. Food" show. Now Indianapolis' Flying Cupcake and West Coast Tacos are hoping for their time in the spotlight, too.
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Simon sees improving retail conditions, analyst says

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. said retailers leasing space in its malls have managed to weather the economic downturn and are already eyeing recovery plans for when the economy improves.
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Metropolis mall purchased by Israel firms

August 30, 2010
Aviv Arlon Global Ltd. pays $52 million for shopping center, which was in court-appointed receivership. Former real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. developed Metropolis, with an investment of $160 million.
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INSIDE DISH: Iozzo's endures heat of first year

August 27, 2010
Mason King
Iozzios Watch VideoIn a first year filled with adjustments, fledgling restaurateur Katie Harris of Iozzo's outlines lessons learned from the $350,000 start-up and fluctuating sales.
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Strong Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

August 26, 2010
Sales of toning footwear helped the Evansville-based company post record earnings in its fiscal second quarter.
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Repairs being made after Indianapolis crane crash

August 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Rathskeller opened for lunch Tuesday, and the YMCA branch inside the Athenaeum Building will reopen in a limited capacity on Wednesday.
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Conrad hotel's Spa Chakra closes abruptly

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Conrad General Manager Greg Tinsley says the hotel plans to reopen the high-end spa by Oct. 1, after receiving notification Friday that it had closed.
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Three injured in downtown crane collapse

August 23, 2010
 Fox59 Report
Investigators haven't figured out what caused a crane to tip over Monday morning while crews were working on a chimney at the Rathskeller restaurant on East Michigan Street. Three people suffered minor injuries.
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Closing of Loon Lake Lodge restaurant marks end of Laughner family era

August 21, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Demise of Castleton eatery marks end of family's 122-year run of owning restaurants here.
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Steak n Shake parent sees profit, revenue rise

August 16, 2010
Scott Olson
Biglari Holdings Inc. said revenue in the quarter rose 9.4 percent over the year-ago period and same-store sales increased by 7.5 percent
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Indianapolis retailers plan new stores, relocations

August 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A new restaurant near Lucas Oil Stadium is among several new or relocated retailers around the city.
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Simon mall deal gives big boost to cell-phone coupons

August 11, 2010
Associated Press
The partnership between Simon Property Group and technology company Shopkick Inc. is a big step in realizing retailers' long-held dream of using cell phones to beam ads and coupons to people passing by.
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Noble Roman's quarterly profit, revenue slips

August 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. profit and revenue slipped in the second quarter as fewer of its traditional Noble’s Pizza and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs stores were operating.
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Steak n Shake parent postpones meeting amid pay uproar

August 10, 2010
Scott Olson
San Antonio-based Biglari Holdings Inc. said late Monday it will delay a planned Aug. 24 shareholder meeting to give the company time to address "misinformation" regarding its CEO's controversial pay package.
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Ford dealer celebrates 50-year milestoneRestricted Content

August 7, 2010
Chris O'Malley
This month, Pearson Ford, 10650 N. Michigan Road, is celebrating a rare thing among car dealers: its 50th birthday.
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