Retail

Biglari was persistent in pressing Western Sizzlin deal

November 23, 2009
Greg Andrews
Steak n Shake CEO Sardar Biglari proposed buying Western Sizzlin in January and again in May and advocated the unusual structure of the $39 million transaction.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Airport retailers want relief from street pricing policy

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Airport concessionaires stung by a 10-percent drop in passenger traffic have asked the Indianapolis Airport Authority to ease a policy that was implemented more than 10 years ago to keep prices in line with what consumers pay outside the airport.
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Pizza restaurants in works; wine shop heading to Fishers

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Hot Box Pizza plans to open a downtown location in the Harness Factory Lofts building, and WineTyme, a new local shop selling wines, craft beers and gourmet food, is coming to Fishers.
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Boot, apparel sales boost Shoe Carnival profit

November 20, 2009
Shoe Carnival Inc.'s quarterly same-store sales, which measure revenue from locations open at least a year, climbed 10.2 percent.
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Failed jewelry retailer to sell millions in inventory

November 16, 2009
Greg Andrews
An old-line Indianapolis jewelry business has shut down, setting the stage for the sale of millions of dollars in remaining inventory through auctions planned in Indianapolis, Chicago, Miami and Naples, Fla.
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Noble Roman's reports profit despite lower revenue

November 10, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. said late Monday that it posted a third-quarter profit of $459,535, or 2 cents per share—a 44-percent improvement over the same period last year. But revenue for the quarter fell to $1.9 million, from $2.2 million in 2008.
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Former Smith-Holden Music employees open new Bloomington store

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two key employees of the recently closed store in downtown Bloomington have opened their own venture, Melody Music Shop.
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HHGregg's quarterly earnings, sales jump

November 5, 2009
HHGregg reported a rise in quarterly profit and sales Thursday morning that exceeded analyst expectations, despite a decrease in same-store sales.
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Bloomington chamber weighs in on chain-store ban

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is opposing Mayor Mark Kruzan’s proposal to restrict chain stores and restaurants downtown.
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Hat World acquires 37-store Sports Fan-Attic chain

November 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Hat World Inc. has agreed to acquire a popular 37-store athletic retail chain in hopes of doing for collegiate and professional sports licensed apparel what Hat World did for headwear.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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Steak n Shake's Biglari adds intrigue by buying stake in insurer

October 31, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based company's CEO revealed earlier this year that he intends to use Steak n Shake as a holding company that will pursue purchases “either related or unrelated to its ongoing business activities.”
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Downtown upscale eateries cancel their lunch plans

October 30, 2009
Mason King
While fast food remains a favorite for value-minded patrons, several higher-end restaurants in the Mile Square and its nearby environs have decided in the last year to pull the tablecloth out from under their lunch service.
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New not-for-profit coffee shop in Fletcher Place will raise money for charities

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new coffee shop named for Calvin Fletcher, one of the city's first lawyers, will give money to groups such as Second Helpings.
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Haunted houses avoid recessionary letdown because they offer escapeRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Even in bad times people want to be entertained.” Nationwide, roughly 2,000 haunted houses, hayrides and other attractions rake in $1 billion annually of the $7 billion consumers spend on Halloween, according to St. Louis-based trade group Hauntworld Inc.
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Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.
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Steak n Shake nearer to merger with steak chain

October 23, 2009
Under terms of the deal, Steak n Shake will pay Western Sizzlin shareholders $22.9 million and Western will pay its shareholders a $15.9 million stock dividend, making the total deal worth about $38.8 million.
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Northeast-side CVS gets nod

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69 over the objection of city planners.
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Bloomington mayor to roll out chain-store ordinance for downtown

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
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O'Malia's closing northside market after 33 years

October 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The O'Malia's Food Market near 56th Street and Emerson Avenue will close for good this weekend after a 33-year run.
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Shopping center vacancies continue to climb

October 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Vacancies at U.S. shopping malls and retail strip centers have climbed to steep levels, a trend that Indianapolis-based commercial real estate companies Simon Property Group Inc. and Kite Realty Group Trust haven't been able to dodge.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Cabela's puts Greenwood property up for sale

October 7, 2009
Cabela's is selling the land on which it had planned to build a store in Greenwood.
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Camera retailer Roberts adjusts to the times, plans new store

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The home-grown retailer lately has sought to supply cameras for government and law-enforcement entities as its once-reliable newspaper clientele scales back.
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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