Retail

Kmart closing adds to Connersville jobless woes

February 11, 2010
Kmart's announcement that it will close its store in Connersville in May will put 59 employees out of work. Fayette County, where the city is located, already is strapped by steep job losses.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake confirms new corporate HQ

February 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. updated its Web site this week to reflect a new corporate headquarters address in San Antonio, confirming a story in IBJ's Feb. 8 print edition.
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Steak n Shake changing its name, moving HQ to Texas

February 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis is on the verge of losing one of its most prominent public companies. The Steak n Shake Co. is planning to change its name to Biglari Holdings Inc. and move its headquarters to San Antonio. The Steak n Shake restaurant chain would retain a presence in Indianapolis.
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UPDATE: Simon shares climb after profit beats estimates

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
The company raised its average rent per square foot at both regional malls and outlet centers even as U.S. consumer spending flagged.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit tumbles

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Quarterly revenue remained flat at about $1 billion, but profit fell 41 percent, from $196.4 million to $115.9 million.
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Simon, partner selling European malls for $981M

February 5, 2010
Bloomberg News
Unibail-Rodamco SE, Europe's biggest shopping-center owner, has agreed to pay Simon Property Group and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. $981 million for stakes in seven malls in France and Poland.
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Movie Gallery files second bankruptcy in two years

February 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The second-largest company in the movie-rental business behind Blockbuster Inc. is immediately closing 760 locations. The chain operates 14 stores in central Indiana, according to its Web site.
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HHGregg's profit, sales rise

February 4, 2010
HHGregg's profit and revenue both increased in its fiscal third quarter, despite a slight dip in same-store sales. The opening of 19 stores helped offset the decrease.
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Independent bookstore in Carmel ends seven-year run

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Mystery Co. in the Arts & Design District plans to host a farewell party Jan. 30, and close for good a few days later.
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Steak n Shake posts profit, plans new corporate name

January 29, 2010
Associated Press
Steak n Shake Co. said Friday it posted a fourth-quarter profit, and said it is planning to change its corporate name to Biglari Holdings Inc.
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Panel OKs bill to provide pet buyers with info

January 27, 2010
Associated Press
The bill would require pet stores to put information about the dog or cat on its cage in the store, including the animal's medical history, the name of the breeder and any congenital disorders.
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Rising credit card fees eroding retailers' profits

January 23, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Businesses say the money they must pay to provide customers the convenience to use plastic adds up. For example, Ricker Oil Co. paid a whopping $3.9 million in 2009, according President Jay Ricker.
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Finish Line forfeits incentive deal

January 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mall retailer The Finish Line Inc. has agreed to forfeit a potentially lucrative tax-abatement deal because it won't be able to meet a 2008 promise to create almost 200 jobs and invest $24 million at its Indianapolis headquarters.
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Shoppers World taking former Target space on U.S. 31 South

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The New York-based department store has one other location in Indianapolis, in Lafayette Square Mall. That store opened in 2008.
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National animal-welfare group targets Steak n Shake

January 14, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Humane Society of the United States bought $2,000 worth of Steak n Shake stock this week in hopes of getting the company to work with food producers that use humane farming methods.
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HHGregg shares fall after analyst downgrade

January 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Customers are buying fewer high-priced big-screen TVs from electronics chain HHGregg Inc., an analyst said Tuesday as he lowered his investment rating on the company's stock.
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Steak n Shake CEO buys more shares

January 12, 2010
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. CEO Sardar Biglari bought $290,000 worth of stock in the Indianapolis-based burger chain last week in another big bet the company's shares are undervalued.
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The Flying Cupcake is among restaurants expanding as others contract

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bobby Joe’s Beef and Brew, a popular home-grown restaurant at Southport Road and Interstate 65, has closed. Riviera Maya, billed as an authentic Mexican restaurant, is slated to replace Old Town Ale House in Fishers
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Steak n Shake slashes restaurant spending as CEO hoards cash

January 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
From 1999 to 2008, Steak n Shake Co. spent an average of $55 million a year to add dozens of restaurants and buy equipment for existing ones. In 2009, the locally based chain spent just $5.8 million.
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Location, personal touch drive tasting room growth

December 28, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Upland Brewing Co. and Chateau Thomas Winery are broadening their use of tasting rooms, opening outlets far from their production facilities in hopes of attracting new customers.
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NEWSMAKER: Mel Simon was shopping mall pioneer

December 26, 2009
Cory Schouten
Mel Simon, who died at 82 on Sept. 16, changed how America shops. He was chairman emeritus of locally based Simon Property Group Inc., the nation’s largest owner of retail real estate.
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Insurance company rejects Steak n Shake takeover bid

December 23, 2009
Cory Schouten
A small Michigan insurer has rejected an acquisition bid from The Steak n Shake Co., describing the offer as a "hostile takeover attempt."
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Cash-flush Finish Line likely to open new stores

December 23, 2009
Scott Olson
With an improved balance sheet and $150 million in its pocket, the athletic-gear retailer is looking at new locations and improving its online shopping hub.
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Finish Line profit exceeds analyst expectations

December 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Finish Line Inc. barely eked into the black in its fiscal third quarter, but even that exceeded analysts’ expectations.
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UPDATE: Steak n Shake turning away from core business

December 22, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Steak n Shake Co. is taking a dramatic turn away from its core business with a bid to purchase a Michigan insurer in a deal valued at almost $37 million.
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