Retailers

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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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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Peapod sees Indianapolis as big growth market

June 4, 2014
Jeff Newman
Peapod Inc. has discovered fertile ground in Indianapolis despite a crowded field of grocery competitors, said Scott DeGraeve, senior vice president at the country's oldest and biggest online grocery-delivery service.
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HHGregg’s board is bullish, but analysts remain skittish

May 31, 2014
Greg Andrews
The company scarfed up $49 million of its stock under a buyback program that ran from May 2013 to May 2014. And last month, the company launched a new buyback program, this one for $40 million.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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State scrutiny of Village Pantry safety issues set to end

May 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The convenience store chain has been taking corrective action to better protect employees after the shootings of Indianapolis clerks in 2009 and 2011.
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HHGregg reports quarterly loss, lower revenue

May 20, 2014
Scott Olson
As expected, the company Tuesday morning reported disappointing fourth-quarter sales that led to a $7.2 million loss for the Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer.
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Simon partner looks to buy out co-owners in expansion drive

May 19, 2014
Bloomberg News
Paris-based Klepierre SA, whose largest shareholder is Simon Property Group Inc., plans to spend as much as $686 million a year on expansion.
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U.S. retail sales show scant April increase

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose just 0.1 percent in April. Excluding autos and gasoline, retail sales fell 0.1 percent last month.
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HHGregg launches rebranding effort to improve sales

May 6, 2014
Scott Olson
The electronics and appliance chain has unveiled a new logo and advertising spots, in addition to improvements to its website and delivery service, as it attempts to keep pace with competitors.
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Office Depot to close 400 stores nationwide

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
Office Depot has at least seven stores in the area, according to its website, including three locations in Indianapolis and single stores in Carmel, Anderson, Greenwood and Avon.
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Target CEO Steinhafel out in wake of data breach

May 5, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's third-largest retailer, which has 13 stores in the Indianapolis area, has struggled to regain its footing in the five months since hackers stole credit and debit card information on tens of millions of customers.
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Exec from struggling RadioShack joins HHGregg

April 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
In joining the Indianapolis-based firm as COO, Troy Risch trades one big retailer struggling to find its footing for another.
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Finish Line increases stake in running division

April 25, 2014
The Indianapolis-based athletics retailer bought a larger share in the Running Specialty Group, a chain that operates 49 stores in 11 states.
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Simon posts strong quarter on higher mall occupancy

April 22, 2014
Scott Olson
The nation's largest mall owner reported a 16.1-percent increase in first-quarter funds from operations as demand for retail space in outlet centers climbed.
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Wal-Mart jumps into the money-transfer biz, loudly

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The world's largest retailer introduced a new money-transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere.
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HHGregg shares plummet on warning of weak sales quarter

April 15, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer announced disappointing preliminary sales figures on Tuesday morning for its fiscal fourth quarter, which it blamed on horrendous weather in major markets.
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Monthly retail sales jump by the most in 18 months

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Sales of autos climbed 3.1 percent while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that covers retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target and department stores, increased 1.9 percent.
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Retailer Coldwater Creek going out of business

April 11, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Coldwater Creek Inc., a 362-store women’s clothing chain that has four stores in Indianapolis-area malls, filed a Chapter 11 petition Friday to liquidate inventory in going-out-business sales to begin in time for Mother’s Day.
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Family Dollar to close about 370 stores, cut jobs

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
The discount retailer, which operates nearly 50 stores in Indianapolis, said it will shut down underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.
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Former HHGregg COO hired to lead bicycle retailer

April 1, 2014
Scott Olson
BikeStreet announced Monday that it has hired Gregg W. Throgmartin as its CEO, the same day as his departure from HHGregg became official.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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