Retailers

Denver-based firm laps up BlueMile running chain

May 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
BlueMile, a local six-store running specialty chain, has been acquired by a group that includes Indianapolis-based sports goliath The Finish Line Inc. The deal is expected to speed BlueMile's expansion.
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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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HHGregg's stock swoons after quarterly report disappoints

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses, it said Monday.
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HHGregg earnings sink on declining sales

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses.
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Lids acquiring Kentucky sporting goods chain

May 20, 2013
Associated Press
The CEO of a private equity firm that helped fund the Lexington-based Fan Outfitters chain said new regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act prompted the group to look at the offer from Lids.
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Convenience stores sue to sell cold beer in Indiana

May 14, 2013
Mason King
An industry trade group filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning contending that Indiana liquor law is unconstitutional and unfairly benefits liquor stores.
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Circle Centre hanging in despite anchor vacancy

May 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The downtown mall last year saw its sales per square foot increase to $354, a 5.3-percent increase from 2011, according to an annual operating report it provides to the city. But non-anchor occupancy slipped below 90 percent.
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Meijer might finally be coming to AnsonRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Construction paperwork indicates the store will be almost 200,000 square feet and employ 100 people.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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Kite buys Castleton Crossing center for $39M

May 1, 2013
The retail center, off East 82nd Street, near Interstate 465 and Allisonville Road, is fully leased and is anchored by HomeGoods, Burlington Coat Factory and Shoe Carnival.
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Zionsville's Main Street aims to boost drawing power, charm

April 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville’s new economic development plan calls for ramping up commercial activity in the predominantly residential community—just not at the expense of the mom-and-pop shops that give the Boone County town its charm.
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More demand for mall space boosts Simon earnings

April 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based owner of retail centers raised its expectations for the fiscal year after reporting solid gains in occupancy, rent revenue and earnings for the first quarter.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday.
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Finish Line expects sales to leap in Macy’s deal

April 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Becoming the exclusive athletic footwear partner of the department store chain could increase Finish Line's annual revenue as much as 30 percent, executives say. Finish Line apparel will start appearing in Macy's this weekend.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Greenwood pet store stocked with exotic critters

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
From tarantulas to emperor scorpions and monitor lizards, Pandemonium Exotics caters to enthusiasts looking for pets beyond a dog or cat.
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Charlie & Barney's ends 36-year restaurant run

April 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis chain Charlie & Barney's, known for its chili, has closed its flagship downtown location, leaving it without a restaurant for the first time since its 1977 founding.
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Appeals court upholds Marsh's $18.2M award from Roche

April 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld an $18.2 million judgment Monday in favor of Marsh Supermarkets LLC on its complaint alleging that Roche breached a contract to sublease space in the Fishers building that houses Marsh’s headquarters.
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Senators stalling Indiana online sales-tax proposal

March 29, 2013
Associated Press
Some key state senators are sidelining a bill that would make Amazon.com and other online-only retailers start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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Finish Line hits snag in new running segment

March 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The athletic footwear and clothing company said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings dropped 18 percent due to lackluster sales at stores open at least a year.
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Whole Foods shelves store slated for Fishers

March 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
High-end grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. wants to triple the number of stores it operates, but the company has bagged plans for a location on 116th Street in Fishers.
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With TV business ‘forever changed,’ HHGregg retoolsRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Dennis May said: "We see the HHGregg of the future as a home products store that also sells consumer electronics."
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Indy pet store raid finds hundreds of dead animals

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
Animal control officials who raided an Indianapolis pet store that failed an annual inspection say they found hundreds of dead small animals as well as other creatures living in filthy tanks and cages.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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