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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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Plans for Kroger-anchored center in west Carmel fall through

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The grocer might reconsider the Altum Garden's site if economic variables change.
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Old-school costume shop survives new competition

October 23, 2010
Sam Brattain
Costumes by Margie isn’t a strip mall box store full of packaged—and disposable—costumes for sale. The shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for rent and a staff, including owner Cheryl Harmon, ready to help put together whatever disguise a customer can dream up.
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Vera Bradley shares off to impressive start

October 21, 2010
Stock in the Fort Wayne-based company began trading Thursday morning at $16 but climbed as high as $23.90.
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Vera Bradley set to go public

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fort Wayne-based company is scheduled to begin trading as a public company Wednesday morning. The estimated offering price is $14 to $16 each, although a Morningstar analyst predicts the IPO could bring as much as $18 a share.
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Audio recording history on display in dealer's HQ

October 16, 2010
Sam Brattain
Van Ausdall & Farrar got its start when innovator Thomas Edison selected it as an Ediphone distributor. Since then, the company has been proud of its association with the American icon, and now Van Ausdall has its own in-house Voice Museum to pay homage to its history.
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Retailers opening new stores around Indy before holidays

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
OshKosh B’gosh will open its first Indianapolis store next to The Fashion Mall at Keystone.
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Santorini owner vows to rebuild after fire

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
An early-Tuesday blaze destroyed the Fountain Square restaurant that Taki Sawi opened in 2001. Fire officials estimate damage between $800,000 and $900,000.
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Finish Line introduces in-store kiosks to make custom T-shirts

October 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
Finish Line is testing touch-screen customization kiosks at its Greenwood Park Mall store. The kiosks, which look like oversize iPads, produce an individualized Nike T-shirt in about 15 minutes.
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Biglari adjusts controversial pay proposal

October 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The parent company of Steak n Shake restaurants has scaled back a controversial pay package for its CEO in hopes of securing shareholder approval of the plan at a rescheduled special meeting.
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Colts may look to sell souvenirs through vending machines

September 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based MainGate is testing the new NFL merchandise sales technique in Minnesota. Indianapolis could be next.
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Finish Line's second-quarter profit jumps to $16.8M

September 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose as it rebounded from a messy quarter a year earlier after the athletic shoe retailer sold its unsuccessful Man Alive hip-hop stores.
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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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