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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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Marion County, Simon tangle over value of malls

October 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A years-long fight between Marion County and mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. has moved to the Indiana Tax Court as a judge weighs vastly different estimates of the values of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall.
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Tom Wood dealership snaps up 15 acres near Anson

October 29, 2013
Scott Olson
The local auto group that sells 14 car brands could move its Toyota dealership from Lafayette Road to the Zionsville site, where the population is growing thanks to the Anson development.
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Clock change means extra hour for Indiana bars

October 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana bars and liquor stores will be able to stay open an extra hour this weekend as daylight saving time ends for the year.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Simon ups dividend after results top analysts' expectations

October 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Strong demand for space in Simon's outlet malls helped boost occupancy at its U.S. properties to 95.5 percent, up from 94.6 percent a year earlier.
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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Investors pour $5 million into beer technology firm

October 21, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based SteadyServ Technologies expects to roll out its keg-sensor system early next year and trigger an aggressive hiring phase.
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Simon’s 20-year run has made investors a bundle

October 19, 2013
Greg Andrews
Simon Property Group now is the largest real estate company in the world and has a stock market value of $59 billion. That’s $6 billion more than Eli Lilly and Co., not that Simon's hypercompetitive CEO, David Simon, has noticed.
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Eight Mattress World locations to rebrand as PureSleep

October 18, 2013
Mason King
The Michigan-based owner of the Indiana mattress stores plans to take them upscale with a signature sleep-diagnostic system.
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Developer readies second Virginia Avenue residential project

October 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Deylen Realty's latest development along bustling Virginia Avenue calls for 68 apartments and 9,900 square feet of retail space between the existing Mozzo apartments and Villagio condos.
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Car dealers curtail advertising boastsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Efforts by trade groups such as the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana—and, more formidably, a recent crackdown by the Federal Trade Commission—have discouraged the use of potentially misleading ads.
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City delays decision on Broad Ripple project

October 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Due to absences on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission, attorneys for both sides of the issue on Wednesday agreed to continue the controversial rezoning request to the group's Oct. 16 meeting.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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Analysts predicting slow holiday shopping season

October 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The holiday period is particularly important for retailers this year since spending was weak during the back-to-school shopping period, the second-busiest shopping months of the year.
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RV exec seeking new start in IndyRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Dan Human
A member of one of the recreational vehicle industry’s elite families hopes to get a fresh start in Indianapolis by launching a manufacturer of super-high-end RVs.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes bids for food, souvenirsRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has put its merchandise and food and beverage contracts up for bid for the first time in its 104-year history.
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Finish Line shares surge after jump in profit

September 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New products from apparel makers such as Nike helped drive up earnings 6.1 percent in the fiscal second quarter, the Indianapolis-based retailer announced Friday morning. A deal with Macy's also is paying off.
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New vision for Eastgate includes solar farm

September 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A former east-side shopping mall will soon be covered in solar panels, possibly the most transformative of property owner Alex Carroll’s various redevelopment efforts.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Slower holiday sales growth predicted for 2013

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Holiday shopping is likely to be hurt by the lackluster economy. In addition, there's a shorter shopping window between Black Friday and Christmas. Last year, there were 32 days during the period and this year there are 25.
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Online retailer Newegg plans big distribution center

September 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Newegg.com is considering a $15 million distribution center in Indianapolis that would employ 150 people by the end of 2015.
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Mall owners go from first to last in REIT market

September 13, 2013
Bloomberg News
Shopping mall owners like Simon Property Group, the best-performing U.S. property stocks for four years, have tumbled to the worst as sluggish retail sales and limited opportunities to expand drive investors to look elsewhere for earnings growth.
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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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Tesla luxury electric car seeking outpost at Fashion MallRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Tesla Motors Inc. is eyeing space in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and is seeking a zoning variance to sell cars there and to install charging stations within the parking garage.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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