Retail

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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Hat World acquires Minnesota sporting goods dealer

September 28, 2009
Indianapolis-based Hat World Inc. said Monday that its Impact Sports division has acquired Great Plains Sports in St. Paul, Minn.
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Finish Line shares rise despite quarterly loss

September 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Shares in locally based athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. jumped Friday morning after the company reported a narrow loss for the second fiscal quarter, mostly because of the large cost of unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Finish Line suffers second quarter loss

September 24, 2009
Associated Press
Sporting goods retailer The Finish Line Inc. said on Thursday that it lost $874,000 in the second quarter, mostly because of a loss it took by unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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UPDATE: Simon remembered for vision, courage

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Friday funeral is planned for a man who made a fortune building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis. Melvin Simon, 82, succumbed this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Anderson siblings buying city's Mounds Mall

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two Anderson siblings are buying the city's Mounds Mall from the Florida-based company that has owned it for the past six years.
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Latin market and tapas bar opening in Fishers

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new market, which will also offer catering services, is in a strip center owned by locally based Centre Properties and anchored by Beauty Brands and Panera.
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Music Mill to reopen again under new owner

September 11, 2009
Jeff Newman, Scott Olson
The Music Mill, a local concert venue, restaurant and bar that has been closed down twice this year by different operators, has new life. Local entrepreneur Ravi Chopra, 44, who owns the 6 Lounge & Restaurant downtown, announced last night that he has purchased the Music Mill and plans to reopen it Oct. 12.
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HHGregg promotes three executives

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. announced the promotions of three executives this morning, including the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
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HHGregg, other retailers await stimulus joltRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Appliance retailers are poised to take a page from the car dealership playbook in promoting a new government program offering rebates on energy-efficient washers, refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Barrington Jewels sparkles despite economic downturnRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.
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Kahn's wine emporium plans store on 86th Street

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Kahn’s Fine Wine & Spirits plans to open a second location in a former O’Malia Food Market at the northeast corner of 86th Street and Township Line Road.
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Bloomington's Kilroy's opening downtown Indianapolis outpost

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Restaurateur Paul Murzyn has signed a lease for the 8,700-square-foot, first-floor space at 201 S. Meridian St., a historic building with luxury condos upstairs.
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MainGate Inc. racks up revenue with NFL deals

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 18, cheers could be heard at MainGate Inc.’s 7900 Rockville Road headquarters. Predictably, Favre jerseys went flying off the shelves—about 6,000 in the first 72 hours—and MainGate gets to keep a portion of those sales. The Vikings are one of six teams the Indianapolis-based merchandising specialist has signed deals with in 2-1/2 years, making MainGate one of the biggest retail players in the goliath of professional sports leagues.
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Steak n Shake chief snaps up more shares

August 27, 2009
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake Co. CEO Sardar Biglari revealed in regulatory filings this week that he spent $1.1 million buying shares in the locally based burger chain, an apparent vote of confidence in his own turnaround plans.
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Shoe Carnival's profit flat in second quarter

August 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Shoe Carnival Inc. today reported flat profit and declining same-stores sales in its fiscal second quarter.
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Daytime-only eatery eyeing Indianapolis

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
The Bradenton, Fla.-based First Watch restaurant chain is scoping Indianapolis for franchisees to open as many as a half-dozen restaurants, a company spokesman said today.
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Biglari consolidates power, as Steak n Shake reboundsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Texas investor running the chain doesn't seem like such a champion of transparency these days.

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Handmade chocolates shop opens location in Chase Tower

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Best Chocolate in Town is expanding beyond its original store on Massachusetts Ave.
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Northwest-side theater closes after 25 years of operation

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Sandor Development Co. is looking for a new tenant for the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater, after the screens went dark for good in July after a 25-year run at West 86th Street and Michigan Road.
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Two more bars go smoke-free

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Gregs and the Talbott Street Nightclub, two prominent bars that cater to gay and lesbian crowds, went smoke-free Aug. 1.
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JOSEPH: Don't repeat Marsh's mistakeRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Marsh Supermarkets quickly realized it could not honor the flood of redemptions of the $10 coupon it recently offered to its Facebook friends.

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Deal returns Steak n Shake to steakhouse biz

August 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Steak n Shake Co.’s announcement this morning that it plans to purchase Western Sizzlin Corp. for about $23 million puts the Indianapolis restaurant company back in the steakhouse business for the first time since exiting it nearly a decade ago.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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