Retail

INSIDE DISH: Peterson's rebounds after rough start, recession

June 7, 2010
Mason King
Petersons Watch VideoJoe Peterson dreamed of opening a high-end restaurant. The start was rough, but it led to breakthroughs at Joe's day job as a manufacturing magnate.
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Deal adds Verizon Wireless kiosks to all HHGregg stores

June 7, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Marion-based The Cellular Connection expects to add 500 jobs in 15 states as a result of the agreement with HHGregg.
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Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins eye closed Meridian Street cafe

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
They will take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.
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Bloomington candy store eyeing ambitious expansionRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Joe Jasinski
After a great first few months in Bloomington, Campus Candy's co-owners hope to replicate that success, rolling out a plan that calls for opening 50 college-town stores across the country in the next 18 months and a total of 125 within five years.
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Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

June 2, 2010
Evansville-based retailer earned $9.2 million in its fiscal first quarter, on strong sales of athletic and toning footwear.
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Local liquor chain buys four stores in Kentucky

June 1, 2010
United Package Liquors' purchase of Bowling Green locations could be start of larger company expansion, CEO and president says.
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INSIDE DISH: Bonge's Tavern survives, thrives in the boonies

May 31, 2010
Mason King
Bonges Watch videoDespite setbacks including a devastating lightning strike, Tony Huelster of Bonge's Tavern has turned the middle-of-nowhere eatery into a dining hotspot.
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Battered banks don't see light at end of tunnelRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Greg Andrews
Credit problems continue to bedevil banks big and small, many of them caused by soured commercial real estate loans.
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UPDATE: Water-main break closes part of Castleton Square

May 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Simon Property Group spokesman Les Morris said 110 out of 130 mall stores were open late this morning.
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Finish Line co-founder retiring as chairman

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alan Cohen will be succeeded by Glenn Lyon, who will retain his position as CEO.
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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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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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