Retail

Holiday shopping season: A disappointment so far

December 19, 2013
Associated Press
Sparse crowds at malls and "50 percent off" signs at The Gap and other stores offer clues as to how this holiday season is shaping up so far: It's the most discount-driven one since the U.S. was in a deep recession.
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Well-known auto dealer O'Brien dies at 82

December 18, 2013
 IBJ Staff
In an auto-sales career spanning more than 50 years, Tom O'Brien built on a single dealership started by his father and created a multi-dealership business that today includes 16 family members.
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Tesla car dealership debuts at Fashion MallRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
The store at the Fashion Mall at Keystone features a design center where customers configure and order their cars.
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Simon plans for spinoff get warm reception from Wall Street

December 13, 2013
Scott Olson
After recently stalling on the stock market, shares of Simon Property Group perked up in trading Friday after the massive local firm announced plans to spin off nearly 100 retail centers into a new firm. Analysts approved of the move.
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Indy-based Simon spinoff will include 13 Indiana centers

December 13, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based retail giant confirmed Friday morning that its new spinoff will be headquartered in Indianapolis. Several of Simon's properties in the area will be among the new portfolio, including Clay Terrace in Carmel.
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Local restaurant owners settle case of pizzeria plagiarism

December 10, 2013
Dan Human
Napolese pizzeria and Crust Pizzeria Napoletana have quietly reached an agreement outside of court. Napolese owner Martha Hoover filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Crust owner Mohey Osman in October.
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Shares of Indiana retailers surge in 2013Restricted Content

December 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Shares of The Finish Line Inc., HHGregg Inc. and Shoe Carnival Inc. have been on a tear this year, rebounding to outperform the major stock indexes and rising at least 40 percent in value through the first of December. By comparison, the S&P 500 has gained about 28 percent.
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Cyber Monday still growing despite earlier online sales

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Shoppers bought online at the heaviest rate ever Monday, according to research firm comScore Inc. The strong performance was in contrast to Black Friday weekend spending, which fell an estimated 2.9 percent.
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Supreme Court won't hear appeal over Internet taxation

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The move likely will prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales — and ignite a furious battle in Congress between Internet sellers, brick-and-mortar stores and states hungry for extra tax revenue.
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Record shopping crowds over weekend, but spending falls

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually buy things.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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Pizza Hut offers job back to man who refused to work Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
Associated Press
The pizza chain's corporate office issued a statement saying it respects an employee's right to not work on the holiday and that the store owner has agreed to reinstate the employee.
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Holiday sales could ride on lower gasoline prices

November 27, 2013
Associated Press
Many retail analysts have forecast a ho-hum sales gain of about 2 percent this year; others predict an increase of up to 3.9 percent. But steadily cheaper gas could send holiday sales shooting above 5.4 percent, analysts say.
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Finish Line shares continue climb after upgrade

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Two investment analysts raised their ratings for Finish Line on Monday, saying the Indianapolis-based athletic shoe and clothing retailer has the opportunity for margin recovery and a stronger online performance.
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New Carmel company to boot J.C. Penney off S&P 500

November 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
J.C. Penney, which is trying to bounce back from its worst sales year in two decades, will be replaced by Carmel-based electronic security company Allegion, which is being spun off by Irish industrial conglomerate Ingersoll-Rand Plc.
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Americans reluctant to spend on holidays without big deals

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Since the recession began in late 2007, stores have had to offer financially-strapped Americans ever bigger price cuts just to get them into stores. But those discounts eat away at profit.
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Northwest Indiana restaurants part of El Rodeo raids

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The raids at La Carreta restaurants in Merrillville and Schererville were part of a larger investigation that targeted El Rodeo restaurants in the Indianapolis area, Lafayette, West Lafayette and Richmond.
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Police raid El Rodeo restaurants in several counties

November 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Marion County Prosecutor’s office led a multicounty police raid at lunchtime Monday that closed numerous eateries in the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant chain.
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Kite Realty raises $217.3M in secondary share offering

November 14, 2013
The local rest estate investment firm says it will use some of the proceeds to repay debt and the rest to fund part of its recent $307 million purchase of nine Southern retail properties.
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Chocolate artisan sets sights on CarmelRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Shelbyville-based Chocolate for the Spirit is opening a retail storefront in Carmel in time for the holiday shopping season.
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Former Marsh exec joins local Colliers officeRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Former Marsh Supermarkets Inc. executive Bill Marsh has joined the Indianapolis office of Colliers International as vice president of retail services.
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Noble Roman's sees rising profit, revenue

November 7, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The company said it has entered into agreements to open 45 stand-alone take-n-bake pizza locations.
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Kite Realty to pay $307M for 9 retail properties

November 6, 2013
The Indianapolis-based real estate firm said the properties total 2 million square feet and are mostly located in Florida, Georgia and Texas. The acquisition would bump the size and value of Kite's portfolio by about 20 percent.
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Discount retailers, grocers await impact of food-stamp cut

November 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
With an estimated 8 percent of shoppers using food stamps, the impact will probably be felt most acutely by discount retailers such as Dollar General Corp., Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, analysts say.
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HHGregg shares slump as profit, sales weaken

October 31, 2013
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc.’s revenue fell in its latest quarter as the Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer saw a decline in sales of televisions and computers.
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