Retailers

Running guru Kennedy joins Athletic Annex ownership

October 2, 2014
Bob Kennedy has become a partner of the longtime northwest-side specialty running and walking retailer, while maintaining his ownership of a three-store chain in San Diego.
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Washington Square Mall losing biggest tenant

September 29, 2014
Jeff Newman
Sears Roebuck and Co. plans to close its 194,680-square-foot anchor store in early December, the retailer confirmed Monday. A liquidation sale began Friday.
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Local Kmart closings part of Sears' ongoing woes

September 26, 2014
Jeff Newman
The planned closings of two Kmart stores in Indianapolis are part of a wave of national closures prompted by the ongoing struggles of parent company Sears Holdings Corp.
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Finish Line shares fall after quarterly results miss mark

September 26, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Shares in The Finish Line Inc. dropped as much as 12 percent Friday morning after the company reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analyst expectations.
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Wal-Mart targeted by lawsuit for local PCB discovery

September 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The complaint stems from the discovery of the carcinogen at a Wal-Mart return center on the east side of Indianapolis. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of its 600 workers.
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Kohl's plans surge in holiday hiring nationally, locally

September 17, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
About 2,000 of those hirings will take place in Indiana, including about 900 in the Indianapolis area. Kohl's has 39 stores in Indiana, and 18 in the metro area.<
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HHGregg hires former Marsh exec as CFO

September 11, 2014
Jeff Newman
Indianapolis-based HHGregg Inc. has hired former Marsh Supermarkets executive Robert J. Riesbeck as its new chief financial officer, the appliances and electronics retailer announced Thursday.
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Kroger quarterly results beat market expectations

September 11, 2014
Associated Press
Kroger Co., the leading grocer in Indianapolis in terms of market share, on Thursday reported earnings of $347 million in its fiscal second quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.
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Shapiro's to open restaurant in Fashion Mall

September 4, 2014
Jeff Newman
The 4,200-square-foot restaurant will be about 60 percent smaller than Shapiro’s downtown flagship location, but will carry most of the same menu items the deli is known for, plus some new ones.
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Antiques shop liquidation expected to draw big crowd

August 28, 2014
Associated Press
Red Ribbon Antiques, which opened its doors on Main Street in 1989, will open them one final time Sept. 6 to liquidate the inventory Gloria Holloway established over her 25-year business career.
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Mike's Carwash splitting into two companies

August 7, 2014
Scott Olson
The central Indiana locations of Mike's will undergo a name change as part of the reorganization and will be called Crew Carwash effective Oct. 5. Other locations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will retain the Mike's name.
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Amazon extends same-day delivery service to Indy

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Beginning Wednesday, local customers who subscribe to Amazon's Prime service can order items as late as noon and receive them by 9 p.m. the same day for a flat service charge.
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Memories, recipes all that remain of Indy bakery chain

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
There were 34 Roselyn stores in Marion and the surrounding counties before the business was closed 15 years ago following revelations of insect and rodent infestation at its production bakery.
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Walgreen turns down inversion, to keep HQ in U.S.

August 6, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest drugstore chain said it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays.
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Love Culture's plans approved over Simon's objection

August 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Love Culture Inc., the bankrupt clothing chain, won court permission to hold expedited store-closing sales, over the objection of unsecured creditors, including Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.
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HHGregg shares slide on disappointing quarterly results

July 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
HHGregg Inc. lost more money than expected in its latest quarter as sales slumped dramatically, the Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer reported Thursday morning.
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UPDATE: Lowe's to invest $20.5M in customer-service center

July 22, 2014
Mason King
The home-improvement retail titan plans to begin hiring immediately for the center on the northeast side, pledging to employ as many as 1,000 workers making wages of $10 to $14 per hour.
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Well-known east-side Mexican eatery closes

July 21, 2014
Scott Olson
El Sol de Tala, a staple on East Washington Street for several decades, shut its doors earlier this month amid a court dispute between the restaurant's owner and his landlord.
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HHGregg ready to dust off, ramp up Fine Lines conceptRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Greg Andrews
HHGregg's high-end-appliance Fine Lines stores are shifting into the spotlight as the struggling retailer looks for ways to offset declining consumer electronics sales.
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Ex-HHGregg manager's lawsuit grows into class-action

July 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The lawsuit now includes 62 current and former HHGregg employees who claim they were denied incentive bonuses totaling about $5 million.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

July 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."
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Finish Line reports strong quarter as same-store sales rise

June 27, 2014
Associated Press
Sales at stores open at least a year climbed 5 percent, and the company's website improvements and relationship with Macy's also helped to drive profit.
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Carmel retailers play defense against U.S. 31 construction

June 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Business has skidded for some eateries along the corridor as work crews transform it into a limited access highway. Proprietors are reaching out to customers with promotions but gripping the bottom line.
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Judge finds ‘rational’ reasons for restricting cold-beer sales

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Judge Richard L. Young ruled the state has legitimately drawn a line by only allowing liquor stores to sell cold beer.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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