Retailers

Discount retailers, grocers await impact of food-stamp cut

November 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
With an estimated 8 percent of shoppers using food stamps, the impact will probably be felt most acutely by discount retailers such as Dollar General Corp., Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, analysts say.
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HHGregg shares slump as profit, sales weaken

October 31, 2013
Scott Olson
HHGregg Inc.’s revenue fell in its latest quarter as the Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer saw a decline in sales of televisions and computers.
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Clock change means extra hour for Indiana bars

October 29, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana bars and liquor stores will be able to stay open an extra hour this weekend as daylight saving time ends for the year.
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Carmel firm's bird feeders perched in 2,700 Walmarts

October 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Sisters Jan Long and Chris Mowery had little more than an idea in 1995 when they trekked to Kmart’s corporate headquarters to pitch a product they thought had potential: a recyclable bird feeder their father had designed to promote his plastics business. They left with their first big contract.
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Pizzeria plagiarism? Napolese suing Crust over close likeness

October 24, 2013
Scott Olson
Cafe Patachou founder Martha Hoover contends the owner of newcomer Crust in Carmel has stolen the look of her Napolese pizzerias and is confusing customers.
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Eight Mattress World locations to rebrand as PureSleep

October 18, 2013
Mason King
The Michigan-based owner of the Indiana mattress stores plans to take them upscale with a signature sleep-diagnostic system.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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Analysts predicting slow holiday shopping season

October 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The holiday period is particularly important for retailers this year since spending was weak during the back-to-school shopping period, the second-busiest shopping months of the year.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes bids for food, souvenirsRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has put its merchandise and food and beverage contracts up for bid for the first time in its 104-year history.
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Finish Line shares surge after jump in profit

September 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
New products from apparel makers such as Nike helped drive up earnings 6.1 percent in the fiscal second quarter, the Indianapolis-based retailer announced Friday morning. A deal with Macy's also is paying off.
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Biglari shareholder loses bid to stop $75M stock offering

September 20, 2013
Scott Olson
A federal judge rejected the shareholder's motion claiming that the offering would enable CEO Sardar Biglari to unfairly increase his ownership in the company. Biglari Holdings is the parent of Indianapolis-based Steak n Shake.
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Slower holiday sales growth predicted for 2013

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Holiday shopping is likely to be hurt by the lackluster economy. In addition, there's a shorter shopping window between Black Friday and Christmas. Last year, there were 32 days during the period and this year there are 25.
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Marsh Supermarkets, former CEO spar over attorney fees

September 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The company and Don Marsh each want the other to pay legal bills that, coincidentally, total about $1.7 million each. They stem from a bitter court battle between the two that concluded in July.
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Lids tries to regain glory following fashion shiftRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Greg Andrews
Genesco’s hat unit now has reported four consecutive quarters of declining same-store sales—an unusual malaise for a business that from 2001 to 2006 posted a miraculous 19 straight quarters of increased same-store sales.
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Indy joins national protest over fast-food wages

August 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities, including Indianapolis, plan to walk off the job Thursday in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp., Wendy’s Co. and others to raise wages.
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HHGregg strategy shift vaults stock to 52-week high

August 22, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer's stock hit a sort of milestone Tuesday, closing above $18 for the first time since early 2011.
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Tepid U.S. retail sales spark concern about economy

August 15, 2013
Associated Press
Bleaker outlooks at retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy's are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy.
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Broad Ripple apartment project gets preliminary approval

August 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The controversial residential-and-retail development along the Central Canal got the nod from a city hearing examiner on Thursday. A zoning change and variances for the project still require additional approval.
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Indy-based Lids to open 200 outlets in Macy's stores

August 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The arrangement is considered an inexpensive way to expand Lids' reach into large, sports-centric cities. But Wednesday's earnings report from Macy's indicates consumers aren't spending as much on apparel.
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Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

August 9, 2013
Associated Press
Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.
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Meijer plans to hire more than 9,000 in five states

August 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Grand Rapids-based company says it wants to hire 1,800 in Indiana. Most of the new positions will be part-time.
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Liquor store chain wants to intervene in lawsuit

August 7, 2013
Associated Press
Attorneys for 21st Amendment have filed a motion to intervene in the suit filed by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and several store owners.
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New retail downtown sitting idleRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Scott Olson
A flood of downtown apartments coming on the market is leasing up quickly, but much of the attached retail space continues to languish as some begin to wonder whether the residential boom will create enough retail demand.
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HHGregg reports smaller loss on improving same-store sales

August 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The company reported a loss of $1.3 million, or 4 cents per share, for its latest quarter, compared with a loss of $5.7 million, or 16 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.
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Specialty grocer on wish list for MSA development

July 18, 2013
Scott Olson
Flaherty & Collins, the developer of the 28-story tower, "would love to have a Whole Foods" or similar grocer as a retail tenant. With one Marsh two blocks away and another under construction nearby, the project begs the question whether the area can support three groceries.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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