Retail

Lucas Oil, partner invest $2M to build Hendricks lube shop

May 25, 2009
Forrest Lucas is following through on plans to take his namesake brand of oil and fuel additives to the mass market.
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Panel handicaps market recovery chancesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A panel of five veterans of real estate and construction provided industry insights at IBJ's Power Breakfast May 1 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Franklin ban snuffs out smokingRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Tavern owners in Franklin will mothball their ashtrays next month following the passage of a smoking ban May 4. City councilors voted 6-1 to make the ban one of the most restrictive in the state.
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Longtime Fall Creek shop cuts baitRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Fall Creek Bait & Tackle is closing after 42 years in business.
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Ritter's buyer retools custard chainRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Sam Stall
Indianapolis residents have been passionate about Ritter's handmade frozen custard ever since it debuted almost two decades ago. But while the ice cream is sweet, the story of the former mom-and-pop company's attempts to morph into something grander is decidedly bitter. Now, New York-based TruFoods, which bought the company in May 2008, is trying to get the formula right.
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Steak n Shake hoping to roll out lower-cost, limited-service storesRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Cory Schouten
TV spots for Steak n Shake Co. used to play up the chain's full-service restaurants, complete with friendly servers, real plates and glass ketchup bottles—a departure from the "workaraunts" operated by McDonald's and Burger King. Now, Steak n Shake is developing plans for its own workaraunts.
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Liquor store adapts to local tastesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
When Mr. G's Liquor opened in 1977, the wines du jour were Madera and Blue Nun. Bartels & Jaymes wine coolers were all the rage, and few of us had heard of craft beer. Today, Mr. G's is in its third location, where a 36-foot wall of whiskeys, vodkas and gins is rivaled only by the kiosks fully laden with local, domestic and imported wines and beers chilling in coolers.
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Men's hair salon on 86th relaunches under new ownershipRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
4:59 Barber Lounge, a high-end men's hair salon and spa across from Keystone at the Crossing, is back in business.
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Restaurants step up despite hard timesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Restaurants are so often asked to support non-profits and many times give very generously—their support means so much to local organizations.
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'Peanut King' diversifies to keep 52-year-old company thrivingRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Sam Stall
Richard Green Co., founded in 1957, is a mini-conglomerate of sorts, selling pretty much anything necessary for work in the food-concessions business.
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Noblesville offered generous incentives to Simon for mallRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
The old adage that retail follows rooftops is only partially true; retail also follows taxpayer-funded incentives.
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Simon layoffs would jeopardize HQ incentive dealRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Cory Schouten
During one of the worst markets for real estate in decades, at a time when developers of all sizes are shedding employees, officials with Simon Property Group Inc. continue to insist they have had zero layoffs.
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DINING: Saffron's food, customer service is exemplary

April 13, 2009
Lou Harry
Saffron Cafe's staff is so friendly and courteous and its food so delicious that I am urging everyone to eat at this downtown restaurant.
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Steak n Shake nixes $4M contract with ad firm after less than 3 months

April 13, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Less than three months after hiring a new advertising agency, Steak n Shake has jettisoned and is now suing Georgia-based The Varnson Group.
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Questions about expenses have dogged Marsh beforeRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Greg Andrews
Don Marsh lashed back last month after the owner of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. filed a lawsuit accusing him of billing the company for millions of dollars in personal expenses.
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Hungry for customers, restaurateurs dangle dealsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Sam Stall

Restaurateurs are responding to the recession, be they the proprietors of fine-dining establishments or burger joints, by offering low-cost dining deals.

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DINING: Stanley's New York Deli serves 86th and Ditch neighborhood

April 6, 2009
Lou Harry

While newcomer Stanley's doesn't have the scale or history of Shapiro's, it's making a valiant effort to bring real deli back to the neighborhoods near 86th Street and Ditch Road.

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IRL signs major new sponsorsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
In the last week of March, IRL officials put the finishing touches on four sponsorship deals.
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Trophy-seeking hunters keep Greenwood taxidermist busyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
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Franchisors also feel recession's financial pinchRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
About two dozen franchises based in Indiana are not immune to difficulties during the recession.
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Franchise outlook is murkyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Undaunted, some entrepreneurs still count on franchises, despite the shaky economy.
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Struggling tenants leave aging Merchants' SquareRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Katie Maurer
The future of Carmel's Merchants Square mall is uncertain because of the rise of competitors.
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Izod rolls out Indy Racing clothing lineRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
New York-based Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. will roll out its Izod/Indy race-inspired clothing collection in Macy's stores nationwide in April.
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New galvanized hangers better for the environmentRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Fabric Care Center, a 49-year-old dry cleaning business at West Washing ton and Morris streets, is touting the benefits of galvanized steel hangers.
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Hat World purchase boosts team-merchandise strategyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Locally based Hat World Inc. has acquired a custom screen printing and embroidery operation based in Madison, Wis.
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