Retailers

Deal adds Verizon Wireless kiosks to all HHGregg stores

June 7, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Marion-based The Cellular Connection expects to add 500 jobs in 15 states as a result of the agreement with HHGregg.
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Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins eye closed Meridian Street cafe

June 5, 2010
 IBJ Staff
They will take over the former home of Bonjour Cafe & Bakery if the owner wins city approval to add a drive-through.
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Bloomington candy store eyeing ambitious expansionRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Joe Jasinski
After a great first few months in Bloomington, Campus Candy's co-owners hope to replicate that success, rolling out a plan that calls for opening 50 college-town stores across the country in the next 18 months and a total of 125 within five years.
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Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

June 2, 2010
Evansville-based retailer earned $9.2 million in its fiscal first quarter, on strong sales of athletic and toning footwear.
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Local liquor chain buys four stores in Kentucky

June 1, 2010
United Package Liquors' purchase of Bowling Green locations could be start of larger company expansion, CEO and president says.
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Finish Line co-founder retiring as chairman

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alan Cohen will be succeeded by Glenn Lyon, who will retain his position as CEO.
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Downtown merchants sponsor new farmer's market

May 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Goldman Jewelry, J.P. Parker Flowers and Shapiro's Deli plan a Tuesday evening farmer's market on the south side of downtown Indianapolis beginning June 1.
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HHGregg's profit slips despite higher revenue

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
HHGregg had a profit of $10 million, or 25 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31 on revenue of $417.2 million.
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Hat World to acquire Sports Avenue stores

May 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Hat World has agreed to acquire the assets of Sports Avenue, an Illinois-based competitor that operates 46 retail stores and 13 branded e-commerce sites. Terms of the deal where not disclosed.
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Upcoming ICSC convention will offer insight into growth plans for retailersRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
Retailers are feeling pangs of optimism at an opportune time for the developers and real estate brokers who rely on them for survival: The year’s biggest retail real estate gathering is May 23-25 in Las Vegas.
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Cabela's revs up expansion, but leaves Greenwood off list

May 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Nebraska-based outdoor retailer plans to open new stores again after a two-year, recession-induced halt on expansion. But the company is not reviving its plan for the 96-acre plot it owns in Greenwood.
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Entrepreneurial couples banking on demand for art

May 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
One art-collecting couple has opened a fine-art gallery in Zionsville, while the founder of a contemporary craft show is planning a boutique in Irvington.
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Simon Property cooperating With FTC on Prime Outlets inquiry

April 30, 2010
Bloomberg News
Some retail tenants of outlet malls are concerned about Simon gaining too much market power should its acquisition of Prime Outlets be approved.
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Circle Centre arcade reopens under new ownership

April 20, 2010
Texas-based Tilt Family Entertainment acquires GameWorks chain, which closed last month, leaving gaping hole on fourth floor of mall.
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Tenant exit leaves Circle Centre 4th floor almost vacant

April 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Departure of GameWorks arcade leaves another 27,000 square feet of vacant space on the mall's fourth floor, which has struggled for years to keep tenants.
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Fishers approves $19M auto mall development

April 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The town has agreed to create a tax-increment financing district to help fund infrastructure improvements for Butler Automotive Group's proposed development.
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Famous handbag maker hits local retailers with lawsuits

March 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
In an effort to crack down on knockoffs, famous handbag designer Coach Inc. has hit at least three local retailers with trademark-infringement lawsuits.
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Fishers Town Council delays vote on $19M auto mall

March 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
If the council gives its blessing, construction could begin this spring on Butler Automotive Group's five-dealership development along State Road 37. About 230 jobs could be created.
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Shoe Carnival profit beats estimates

March 18, 2010
Evansville-based shoe and apparel retailer reports strong sales of boots and athletic footwear.
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Hearings on Walgreens' bid to sell alcohol continued

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
The Illinois-based drugstore chain is seeking to sell beer and wine at 29 of its stores in Marion County. Opponents argue that the county already has granted enough permits.
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HHGregg's faster growth boosts risk, potential rewardsRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. had been in business nearly a half century when it hit the 50-store mark in 2004. It plans to open nearly that number within the next year.
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Kmart closing adds to Connersville jobless woes

February 11, 2010
Kmart's announcement that it will close its store in Connersville in May will put 59 employees out of work. Fayette County, where the city is located, already is strapped by steep job losses.
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Prominent local car dealer Tom Wood dies

February 4, 2010
Indianapolis car dealer Tom Wood died Thursday morning after battling lung cancer. Wood grew his business from a single dealership he purchased in 1967.
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Movie Gallery files second bankruptcy in two years

February 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The second-largest company in the movie-rental business behind Blockbuster Inc. is immediately closing 760 locations. The chain operates 14 stores in central Indiana, according to its Web site.
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HHGregg's profit, sales rise

February 4, 2010
HHGregg's profit and revenue both increased in its fiscal third quarter, despite a slight dip in same-store sales. The opening of 19 stores helped offset the decrease.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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