Retailers

Spending data show strong December sales

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, according to data released Wednesday.
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Marsh in Shelbyville among latest stores to close

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
The supermarket chain has closed a store in Rushville and will shut others in Shelbyville and Connersville by the end of February. The closures will leave Marsh with 97 stores, about half of which are in Indianapolis.
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Goodwill angles for donations during weak economy

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recovering, yet-still-weak economy puts charity retailer Goodwill in a sweet position. Consumer spending is up, so more old stuff makes its way to thrift stores. At the same time, high unemployment means the bargain hunters are still out in force.
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Santa feeling stays with shoppers after Christmas

December 27, 2010
Associated Press
People hit the stores after Christmas to buy, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever.
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Strong holiday sales give Finish Line a boost

December 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The company said on Tuesday sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.5 percent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Retailers scout new Indy-area locations

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Several restaurants, including three pizza chains, and an adult-oriented retail store are planning new locations around the city.
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Naysayers place big bet HHGregg will stumbleRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
Traditional analysts are high on the electronics retailer, but short-sellers, those who profit when a stock falls instead of rises, couldn't disagree more.
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Holy Cross startup sees plenty of room for more craft brewers

December 18, 2010
Cory Schouten
A startup brewery called Flat 12 Bierwerks has ignited a revival along lonely Dorman Street in Holy Cross, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
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TJX closing South Bend facility, cutting 725 jobs

December 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
More than 700 workers will lose their jobs when an A.J. Wright distribution center in South Bend closes next year as part of as a national consolidation by parent TJX Cos.
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Longtime local Cadillac dealer loses fight to sell car

December 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Tutwiler Cadillac, which has sold Cadillacs in the Indianapolis area for almost five decades, has lost its franchise despite a long battle with General Motors.
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Steak n Shake's annual profit sizzles

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain grew pretax profit in fiscal 2010 to $37.7 million, a 331-percent increase compared with the previous fiscal year.
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Online 'daily deals' coupons transform local advertisingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
A big-dollar offer from Google for Groupon—the undisputed king of a U.S. daily deal industry already worth $2.5 billion a year—has emboldened an armada of coupon competitors looking to grab a piece of the fast-growing market.
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TJX closing A.J. Wright brand, cutting 4,400 jobs

December 10, 2010
Associated Press
Indianapolis has four A.J. Wright stores that are slated for conversions rather than closures.
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Feds charge Marsh with unfair labor practices

December 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint after investigating charges that Marsh Supermarkets threatened and intimidated employees to discourage them from forming a union. The grocery chain also allegedly fired an employee for supporting the union.
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Renewed Sunday liquor fight to focus on money

November 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Backers of the proposed legislation have begun touting a study estimating that as much as $9 million in additional tax revenue would be generated for Indiana by the allowance of Sunday sales.
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Retail giants hope to cash in on local flavor

November 27, 2010
Cory Schouten
National retailers from Macy’s to Walmart, Best Buy to Lowe’s—brands built on national scale and buying in bulk to lower costs and muscle out competitors—are offering a new proposition to customers: Help us become more local.
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Turkey Hill chain targets Indianapolis

November 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
A convenience-store chain called Turkey Hill Minit Markets is expanding into central Indiana. The chain opened its first Indianapolis store in October and plans to add at least five more by the end of 2011.
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Running store chain changes name, opens new shopRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Running Co., now BlueMile, expands into Louisville, looks to add more stores in and outside Indiana
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October retail sales post best showing since March

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.
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Moe & Johnny’s owner files for bankruptcy reorganization

November 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Owner Chuck Mack says popular tavern and restaurant Moe & Johnny's, open in Broad Ripple since 1996, is in no danger of closing despite the Chapter 11 filing.
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Carmel strip mall fire starts in doughnut shop

November 11, 2010
Associated Press
The fire began at a Dunkin' Donuts shop Thursday morning, spread to a winemaking shop and threatened other businesses.
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HHGregg shares swoon after quarterly report

November 9, 2010
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc.'s profit in its fiscal second quarter fell 20.4 percent from a year ago while expansion boosted revenue 45 percent.
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Finish Line cash hoard could draw out suitorsRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Greg Andrews
Citigroup Capital Markets retail analyst Kate McShane has Finish Line near the top of her list of potential leveraged-buyout candidates.
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Marsh rolls out new name at certain stores

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The name change could be part of a strategy to rebrand Hometown Markets and make them more appealing for an eventual sale.
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Don Marsh, grocery chain he led no closer to making peaceRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Greg Andrews
Time has done nothing to settle a dispute between the former executive and the private equity firm that bought his family's business. They are gearing up for an October 2011 trial.
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