Retailers

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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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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U.S. retail sales increase for second straight month

September 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
Purchases increased 0.4 percent, following a 0.3-percent gain in July. Seventeen tax-free holidays in August probably drew more shoppers to malls, where discounts were deeper than those in July.
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Fishers shopping center lands new tenants

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust has landed Goodwill, Dollar Tree and Mexico City Grill for a renovation of its Fishers Station shopping center.
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Canadian company buying 12 Crystal Flash stores

September 10, 2010
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said on Friday that it expects to complete the acquisition of a dozen Indianapolis stores this month. Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America.
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Hat World acquires New York sporting goods dealer

September 2, 2010
The purchase of Anaconda Sports helps Hat World to grow its LIDS Team Sports division, created to expand the Indianapolis-based company's reach beyond hat retailing.
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Eateries cash in on TV appearance

September 2, 2010
Scott Olson
Owners of Edwards Drive In and Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream say they've experienced a large uptick in business after being featured last month on the Travel Channel's popular "Man v. Food" show. Now Indianapolis' Flying Cupcake and West Coast Tacos are hoping for their time in the spotlight, too.
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Simon sees improving retail conditions, analyst says

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. said retailers leasing space in its malls have managed to weather the economic downturn and are already eyeing recovery plans for when the economy improves.
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Property at busy crossroads finally attracts buyer

August 31, 2010
Tom Harton
Environmental and zoning issues had made the property at the southwest corner of Keystone Avenue and Kessler Boulevard difficult to sell.
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Metropolis mall purchased by Israel firms

August 30, 2010
Aviv Arlon Global Ltd. pays $52 million for shopping center, which was in court-appointed receivership. Former real estate firm Premier Properties USA Inc. developed Metropolis, with an investment of $160 million.
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Funeral company in 129th year keeps fresh perspectiveRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers sometimes stretches the definition of “funeral” to stay relevant after nearly 130 years. The family-owned business began downtown and has grown northward along with the city’s population. Today, it has 14 funeral centers and conducted 2,200 funerals last year.
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Strong Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

August 26, 2010
Sales of toning footwear helped the Evansville-based company post record earnings in its fiscal second quarter.
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Popular toning shoes give big boost to The Finish Line

August 21, 2010
Cory Schouten
Despite controversy over whether they live up to their hype, so-called toning shoes—a category created from thin air just a few years ago—are flying off store shelves nationwide and are on pace to ring up almost $1 billion in revenue this year.
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Indianapolis retailers plan new stores, relocations

August 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A new restaurant near Lucas Oil Stadium is among several new or relocated retailers around the city.
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Simon mall deal gives big boost to cell-phone coupons

August 11, 2010
Associated Press
The partnership between Simon Property Group and technology company Shopkick Inc. is a big step in realizing retailers' long-held dream of using cell phones to beam ads and coupons to people passing by.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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