Retail

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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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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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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