Retail

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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Kite buys Castleton Crossing center for $39M

May 1, 2013
The retail center, off East 82nd Street, near Interstate 465 and Allisonville Road, is fully leased and is anchored by HomeGoods, Burlington Coat Factory and Shoe Carnival.
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More franchisees join revolt over Steak n Shake menu pricing

May 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Three franchise owners filed suit last month against Steak n Shake, including two on the same day, challenging the company's policy that they say prohibits them from setting their own menu prices.
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Zionsville's Main Street aims to boost drawing power, charm

April 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville’s new economic development plan calls for ramping up commercial activity in the predominantly residential community—just not at the expense of the mom-and-pop shops that give the Boone County town its charm.
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More demand for mall space boosts Simon earnings

April 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based owner of retail centers raised its expectations for the fiscal year after reporting solid gains in occupancy, rent revenue and earnings for the first quarter.
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Banks scale back real estate needs as transactions shift online

April 23, 2013
Scott Olson
After zooming higher in the last decade, the number of bank branches in Indiana slipped to 2,056 in 2011, the lowest level since 2006.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Finish Line expects sales to leap in Macy’s deal

April 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Becoming the exclusive athletic footwear partner of the department store chain could increase Finish Line's annual revenue as much as 30 percent, executives say. Finish Line apparel will start appearing in Macy's this weekend.
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Steak n Shake facing new suit over mandatory menu pricing

April 10, 2013
Scott Olson
Another Steak n Shake franchise owner is suing the company over its controversial practice that prohibits restaurants in the chain from setting their own menu prices, even after a federal appeals court sided with a franchisee.
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Simon taps Pace bonds to fund energy projects

April 8, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. is among borrowers funding projects from rooftop solar panels to energy-savings systems using so-called Pace financing.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Greenwood pet store stocked with exotic critters

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
From tarantulas to emperor scorpions and monitor lizards, Pandemonium Exotics caters to enthusiasts looking for pets beyond a dog or cat.
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Charlie & Barney's ends 36-year restaurant run

April 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis chain Charlie & Barney's, known for its chili, has closed its flagship downtown location, leaving it without a restaurant for the first time since its 1977 founding.
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