Retail

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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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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HHGregg's stock swoons after quarterly report disappoints

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses, it said Monday.
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HHGregg earnings sink on declining sales

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses.
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Lids acquiring Kentucky sporting goods chain

May 20, 2013
Associated Press
The CEO of a private equity firm that helped fund the Lexington-based Fan Outfitters chain said new regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act prompted the group to look at the offer from Lids.
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Westfield Farmers Market pulls plug on 2013 season

May 16, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Organizers at the not-for-profit Downtown Westfield Association on Wednesday said the open-air market near City Hall will not operate this year. It had been scheduled for Friday evenings from June to September.
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Convenience stores sue to sell cold beer in Indiana

May 14, 2013
Mason King
An industry trade group filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning contending that Indiana liquor law is unconstitutional and unfairly benefits liquor stores.
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Developer planning $60M project near Ball State

May 10, 2013
Associated Press
Investment Property Advisors of Valparaiso hopes to build a four-story building wrapping around a six-story parking garage that will have 228 apartments and storefronts on the street level.
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Circle Centre hanging in despite anchor vacancy

May 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The downtown mall last year saw its sales per square foot increase to $354, a 5.3-percent increase from 2011, according to an annual operating report it provides to the city. But non-anchor occupancy slipped below 90 percent.
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Meijer might finally be coming to AnsonRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Construction paperwork indicates the store will be almost 200,000 square feet and employ 100 people.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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Irsay may rescue Colts-themed restaurant

May 2, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Less than a day after its closure was announced, a Colts-themed restaurant on the far north side of Indianapolis may be getting a reprieve.
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Colts-themed restaurant closes its doors after financial losses

May 2, 2013
Scott Olson
The Blue Crew Sports Grill on Indianapolis' far north side closed its doors Thursday after seven years in business, according to a post on the eatery's Facebook page.
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