Retail

Downtown merchants sponsor new farmer's market

May 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Goldman Jewelry, J.P. Parker Flowers and Shapiro's Deli plan a Tuesday evening farmer's market on the south side of downtown Indianapolis beginning June 1.
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HHGregg's profit slips despite higher revenue

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
HHGregg had a profit of $10 million, or 25 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31 on revenue of $417.2 million.
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Hat World to acquire Sports Avenue stores

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Hat World has agreed to acquire the assets of Sports Avenue, an Illinois-based competitor that operates 46 retail stores and 13 branded e-commerce sites. Terms of the deal where not disclosed.
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Lawrence Village inks J.C. Hart deal, seeks retail developer

May 25, 2010
Tom Harton
The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority has approved the sale of a 6.6-acre site to Carmel-based J.C. Hart Co. for development of a 217-unit apartment community.
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Simon plans to rejoin retail leasing event

May 24, 2010
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. plans to rejoin the giant leasing mall at the annual ICSC convention in Las Vegas, where 25 percent of the nation's retail lease deals are consummated.
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Upcoming ICSC convention will offer insight into growth plans for retailersRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
Retailers are feeling pangs of optimism at an opportune time for the developers and real estate brokers who rely on them for survival: The year’s biggest retail real estate gathering is May 23-25 in Las Vegas.
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Big stock run-up puts pressure on HHGregg to deliverRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Greg Andrews
High expectations already are baked into HHGregg Inc.'s stock price, which has doubled since last May. A disappointment could spawn a sell-off.
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INSIDE DISH: Ambrosia's Pizzi hits learning curve

May 21, 2010
Mason King
Ambrosia_WatchVideoLocal restaurateur Gino Pizzi refocuses his new downtown locale after unexpected challenges, including higher costs and lackluster lunch business.
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Gavel flies on muscle car auction

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
"My Name is Earl" and "Charlie's Angels" cars are among the more peculiar offerings at the 1,750-vehicle Mecum Auction Co. collector car sale that runs through Sunday at Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Resurgent Finish Line eyes plan for cash hoard

May 15, 2010
Cory Schouten
Finish Line Inc. is working to deploy the money it has built up through cost-cutting. The 684-store chain plans to reinvest in its core business, return cash to shareholders through higher dividends and share repurchases, and diversify its business.
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Unorthodox pay package puts Biglari on defensiveRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Greg Andrews
Sardar Biglari, chairman and CEO of Biglari Holdings Inc., the Texas-based parent of Steak n Shake, rolled out a hedge-fund-style compensation plan for himself late last month that could put staggering sums in his pocket.
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INSIDE DISH: Real estate deals central to success for Santorini

May 14, 2010
Mason King
Santorini_watchvideoShrewd moves have allowed restauranteur Taki Sawi to cement Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square and pave the way for future expansion.
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Ritter's buyer embarking on custard chain turnaround

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
After purchasing the Franklin-based company two years ago, TruFoods says it now is positioned to seek franchisees in an attempt to grow the Ritter's chain to 100 locations within five years.
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Cabela's revs up expansion, but leaves Greenwood off list

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Nebraska-based outdoor retailer plans to open new stores again after a two-year, recession-induced halt on expansion. But the company is not reviving its plan for the 96-acre plot it owns in Greenwood.
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Sahm's to open tavern in downtown Indianapolis

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The bar and restaurant will take about 3,600 square feet in the building, which has OneAmerica and ExactTarget as its anchor office tenants.
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INSIDE DISH: Brugge Brasserie brews plans for expansion

May 7, 2010
Mason King
Brugge_WatchVideoThe Broad Ripple-based brewpub's owners bet its Belgian beer and vittles will go over just as well outside Indy. But first they need $1 million from an investor, in part to streamline brewing.
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Noble Roman's reports lower profit, revenue

May 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based pizza and sub chain saw a decline in royalties and ongoing fees from franchisees in the first quarter.
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Denny's proxy fight follows Steak n Shake template

May 4, 2010
Cory Schouten
A group of dissident investors is trying to wrest control of the Denny's restaurant chain using the same formula that led to a successful takeover of Steak n Shake.
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All Things Automotive aims for national reach, 20 stores by year-endRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Chris O'Malley
GM's axing of its Saturn brand may fuel the nationwide emergence of an Indianapolis-based used-car franchisor. The first All Things Automotive franchise will open this month in Fishers, at the former Saturn store owned by Lockhart Automotive Group.
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Entrepreneurial couples banking on demand for art

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One art-collecting couple has opened a fine-art gallery in Zionsville, while the founder of a contemporary craft show is planning a boutique in Irvington.
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Work begins on Penn Arts apartment, retail project

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Renovation work finally has begun on the building at 16th and Pennsylvania streets. Developer Christopher Piazza found two equity partners for the project because banks were unwilling to lend.
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Simon Property cooperating With FTC on Prime Outlets inquiry

April 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Some retail tenants of outlet malls are concerned about Simon gaining too much market power should its acquisition of Prime Outlets be approved.
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INSIDE DISH: Papa Roux pops after stumbling at the start

April 30, 2010
Mason King
PapaRoux_WatchvideoArt Bouvier fled his corporate IT gig to open a small Cajun place without a business plan or prior restaurant experience. After a number of blunders, Papa Roux looks like it will pan out.
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Many retail locations plagued by vacanciesRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Vacancy rates unseen in 20 years are hampering efforts by developers.
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With five new acquisitions, Skillman builds car-lot dynastyRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Ray Skillman bought five car lots in the last 12 months from other dealers who have struggled during the recession. Skillman now ranks among the five largest dealers in the area, and his chain is poised for even more growth.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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