Retail

Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

August 9, 2013
Associated Press
Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.
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Meijer plans to hire more than 9,000 in five states

August 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Grand Rapids-based company says it wants to hire 1,800 in Indiana. Most of the new positions will be part-time.
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Liquor store chain wants to intervene in lawsuit

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Attorneys for 21st Amendment have filed a motion to intervene in the suit filed by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and several store owners.
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Steak n Shake dispute with franchisees reaches to Denver

August 5, 2013
Scott Olson
The locally based burger chain filed suit late last month to stop a Denver restaurant owner from operating under its logo in a spat over menu pricing. The franchisee is countersuing.
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New retail downtown sitting idleRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A flood of downtown apartments coming on the market is leasing up quickly, but much of the attached retail space continues to languish as some begin to wonder whether the residential boom will create enough retail demand.
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HHGregg reports smaller loss on improving same-store sales

August 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The company reported a loss of $1.3 million, or 4 cents per share, for its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $5.7 million, or 16 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.
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Centre Properties escapes foreclosure on 12 properties

July 30, 2013
Jeff Newman
Financial terms of the agreements, announced in a written statement, were not disclosed, but the mortgages involve tens of millions of dollars in debt on retail properties spread throughout the area.
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Don Marsh to keep $2.2M severance from grocery chain

July 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued an order allowing Marsh to keep the severance paid by his former company, which attempted to recover the payments from him. The order ends a four-year court battle between the two parties.
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IPO for giant retail REIT may be biggest since Simon

July 21, 2013
Bloomberg News
The initial public offering of Brixmor Property Group, the second-largest U.S. shopping center landlord, may be the biggest for a retail real estate investment trust since Simon Property Group Inc.’s IPO 20 years ago.
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Specialty grocer on wish list for MSA development

July 18, 2013
Scott Olson
Flaherty & Collins, the developer of the 28-story tower, "would love to have a Whole Foods" or similar grocer as a retail tenant. With one Marsh two blocks away and another under construction nearby, the project begs the question whether the area can support three groceries.
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Aging east-side shopping center to be redeveloped

July 8, 2013
Scott Olson
A local developer has received city approval to rezone 10 acres at Fall Creek Parkway and East 56th Street as part of a plan to demolish a mostly vacant retail center and replace it with a 42,000-square-foot anchor grocery store and other shops.
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Auto dealers turn bullish, snag sites

July 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Local car dealers are investing in projects ranging from new facilities to showroom renovations as the economy improves and the auto industry rebounds from a crippling slump in sales.
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Cell phone retailer to establish Carmel office, hire 145

July 2, 2013
Mason King
One of the largest private firms in Indiana, Moorehead Communications will occupy a 47,000-square-foot building that it acquired earlier this year. The project will run about $5 million.
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Kokomo eatery featured on 'Restaurant Impossible'

July 2, 2013
Associated Press
Ducky's Family Restaurant had been a staple in Kokomo for 50-plus years, but recent struggles earned it a spot on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."
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Big Red Liquors buys south-side building for HQ

July 2, 2013
Scott Olson
The Bloomington-based company followed its acquisition of United Package Liquors by acquiring a vacant, 33,000-square-foot building on U.S. 31.
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Finish Line sees profit slip on Macy's costs

June 28, 2013
Scott Olson
In addition to announcing quarterly results, the retailer said longtime president and chief operating officer Steve Schneider will move into the position of executive vice president of strategic initiatives.
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Noble Roman's gets rolling with take-and-bake franchises

June 18, 2013
Mason King
Since October, franchisees have opened the first seven stand-alone, take-and-bake locations—dubbed Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake P’ZA. Nine more are in development or under construction.
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Woodard sells Canterbury Hotel to Ohio firm

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Local businessman Turner Woodard had owned the upscale downtown hotel since 2010. Terms of the deal with Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC, a hotel investment firm, were not disclosed.
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AT&T building's new owner targets first-floor retail

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Geis Properties, a division of Streetsboro, Ohio-based Geis Cos., purchased the 558,000-square-foot building for $16.5 million late last month from AT&T, which is reducing its downtown presence.
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Vera Bradley CEO retiring after six years on job

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The Fort Wayne-based company announced Michael Ray's decision on Wednesday as the company reported a 27-percent drop in earnings in its latest quarter and trimmed its yearly outlook.
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Tight credit or no credit? HHGregg wants your business

June 1, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer is quietly making a fundamental shift to cast its net more widely—starting with stepped-up promotion of its private-label credit card.
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Finish Line's cash hoard could make it alluring targetRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based retailer is debt-free and has amassed $227 million in cash on its balance sheet. That works out to $4.63 per share.
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Indy startup serves up keg beer with big data

May 24, 2013
Dan Human
SteadyServ Technologies has raised $1.5 million to help develop iKeg, which tells bar managers and beer distributors when they need to reorder.
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Broad Ripple project takes heat at Village meeting

May 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jeering and catcalls greeted officials from Browning Investments, which has proposed the $18 million residential and retail development along the Central Canal.
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Denver-based firm laps up BlueMile running chain

May 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
BlueMile, a local six-store running specialty chain, has been acquired by a group that includes Indianapolis-based sports goliath The Finish Line Inc. The deal is expected to speed BlueMile's expansion.
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