Retailers

Former Smith-Holden Music employees open new Bloomington store

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two key employees of the recently closed store in downtown Bloomington have opened their own venture, Melody Music Shop.
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HHGregg's quarterly earnings, sales jump

November 5, 2009
HHGregg reported a rise in quarterly profit and sales Thursday morning that exceeded analyst expectations, despite a decrease in same-store sales.
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Hat World acquires 37-store Sports Fan-Attic chain

November 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Hat World Inc. has agreed to acquire a popular 37-store athletic retail chain in hopes of doing for collegiate and professional sports licensed apparel what Hat World did for headwear.
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Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.
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Northeast-side CVS gets nod

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69 over the objection of city planners.
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O'Malia's closing northside market after 33 years

October 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The O'Malia's Food Market near 56th Street and Emerson Avenue will close for good this weekend after a 33-year run.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Cabela's puts Greenwood property up for sale

October 7, 2009
Cabela's is selling the land on which it had planned to build a store in Greenwood.
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Camera retailer Roberts adjusts to the times, plans new store

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The home-grown retailer lately has sought to supply cameras for government and law-enforcement entities as its once-reliable newspaper clientele scales back.
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Hat World acquires Minnesota sporting goods dealer

September 28, 2009
Indianapolis-based Hat World Inc. said Monday that its Impact Sports division has acquired Great Plains Sports in St. Paul, Minn.
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Finish Line shares rise despite quarterly loss

September 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Shares in locally based athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. jumped Friday morning after the company reported a narrow loss for the second fiscal quarter, mostly because of the large cost of unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Finish Line suffers second quarter loss

September 24, 2009
Associated Press
Sporting goods retailer The Finish Line Inc. said on Thursday that it lost $874,000 in the second quarter, mostly because of a loss it took by unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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HHGregg promotes three executives

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. announced the promotions of three executives this morning, including the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
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Soft sales plague furniture retailers

September 5, 2009
Cory Schouten
Furniture is one of the easiest big-ticket purchases for consumers to defer when money is tight. Couple that with a housing bust that left demand for new couches on the curb, and tight credit markets that continue to prevent retailers from financing customers without perfect credit, and you’ve got the worst market for furniture since the Great Depression.
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HHGregg, other retailers await stimulus joltRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Cory Schouten
Appliance retailers are poised to take a page from the car dealership playbook in promoting a new government program offering rebates on energy-efficient washers, refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Barrington Jewels sparkles despite economic downturnRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
The recession has put the squeeze on many retailers, but fine jewelry is an exception, at least at Barrington Jewels. Owners Goel and Mitra Ahdoot are seeing their business flourish.
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Shoe Carnival's profit flat in second quarter

August 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Evansville-based Shoe Carnival Inc. today reported flat profit and declining same-stores sales in its fiscal second quarter.
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Handmade chocolates shop opens location in Chase Tower

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Best Chocolate in Town is expanding beyond its original store on Massachusetts Ave.
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Noble Roman's profit up, revenue down

August 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Noble Roman’s Inc. late yesterday reported a larger profit in the second quarter, primarily due to its continuing efforts to cut expenses by replacing company-owned restaurants with franchises.
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Large HHGregg investor ups stake, surprising analystsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Greg Andrews
HHGregg Inc. shares have enjoyed a spectacular runup this year. But the company’s biggest shareholder is making a huge bet that the good times are only beginning.
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Finish Line execs sell shares en masse in recent months

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Top executives at The Finish Line Inc. cashed in stock worth more than $10 million in recent months. They sold many of the shares in July as the locally based athletic retailer saw its stock rise to a high for 2009 of about $9.
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Corn dogs, elephant ears and spas ... at the fair

August 7, 2009
Kim Puckett
The Indiana State Fair brings to mind images of deep fried foods and carnival rides, but fair-goers sometimes buy big ticket items—like hot tub spas.
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Purdue prof: 'Clunkers' could stall retail sales

August 5, 2009
Kim Puckett
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program has opened a floodgate of car sales that President Obama says is a much-needed boost for the economy. But retailers may feel the negative effects of America's collective investment in new cars, predicts a Purdue Retail Institute researcher.
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HHGregg growing too fast?

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing locally based electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. has seen its stock price rocket more than 80 percent this year as it moves to take advantage of the bankruptcy liquidation of rival Circuit City.
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Gregg landing in prime spots abandoned by failed retailers Circuit City, Linens & ThingsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Cory Schouten
Electronics retailer HHGregg Inc. has snapped up at least a dozen former Circuit City and Linens & Things locations in six states and is eyeing more of the empty big boxes in an opportunistic move toward expansion.
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