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. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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