Retailers

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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Cell phone retailer to establish Carmel office, hire 145

July 2, 2013
Mason King
One of the largest private firms in Indiana, Moorehead Communications will occupy a 47,000-square-foot building that it acquired earlier this year. The project will run about $5 million.
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Finish Line sees profit slip on Macy's costs

June 28, 2013
Scott Olson
In addition to announcing quarterly results, the retailer said longtime president and chief operating officer Steve Schneider will move into the position of executive vice president of strategic initiatives.
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Proxy Corner: Vera Bradley Inc.Restricted Content

June 22, 2013
Vera Bradley Inc., 2208 Production Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46808, sells handbags, accessories, paper-and-gift items and travel items through 65 retail stores, 11 outlet stores, 3,400 specialty stores and through verabradley.com.
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Tight credit or no credit? HHGregg wants your business

June 1, 2013
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer is quietly making a fundamental shift to cast its net more widely—starting with stepped-up promotion of its private-label credit card.
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Broad Ripple project takes heat at Village meeting

May 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jeering and catcalls greeted officials from Browning Investments, which has proposed the $18 million residential and retail development along the Central Canal.
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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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