Retailers

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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Gerdt Furniture owners embroiled in $4M court fight

March 14, 2013
Scott Olson
A family dispute involving the owners of Gerdt Furniture & Interiors Inc. has led to a lawsuit accusing them of owing nearly $4 million in unpaid rent and loans.
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HHGregg merchandising post turns over again

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
HHGregg Inc. on Tuesday hired its third chief merchandising officer in just over a year as the Indianapolis-based electronics retailer continues to struggle to overcome plummeting sales of televisions.
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Settlement talks set for Don Marsh severance dispute

March 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and its former CEO will meet Monday on the issue of whether Don Marsh should have to repay the roughly $2.1 million in severance he received from the company.
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Marsh closing stores in Marion, Columbus

February 22, 2013
The locally based grocery chain said it is shutting down the stores rather than renew leases. Following the closings, Marsh will have 91 stores in Indiana and Ohio.
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Cash-for-gold retail bill passes Indiana House

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana House on Thursday approved a bill regulating cash-for-gold stores, which have proliferated since gold prices shot up in 2008.
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Bill to toughen state 'bath salts' laws advances

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The bill would require the state to suspend the business license for a year of any retailer caught selling synthetic drugs or lookalikes.
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Office Depot agrees to buy OfficeMax for about $1.2B

February 20, 2013
Associated Press
The move would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 office supply retailers and lead to consolidation in an industry that analysts say is over-stored. Office Depot has eight stores in the Indianapolis area and OfficeMax has five.
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Decision could come soon on Don Marsh severance claim

February 18, 2013
Scott Olson
The issue will be decided by Judge Sarah Evans Barker, who presided over a two-week civil trial that saw a federal jury return a $2.2 million judgment against the former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. late Friday night.
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Jury returns $2.2M judgment against Don Marsh

February 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal jury returned a $2.2 million judgment against iconic Marsh Supermarkets CEO Don Marsh late Friday, finding that he tapped corporate coffers for personal expenses.
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Marsh Supermarkets asking former CEO to pay $5.6M

February 15, 2013
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
A company lawyer itemized the expenses Marsh Supermarkets believes it is owed during closing arguments Friday. A lawyer for Don Marsh argued that he neither committed fraud nor breached his contract.
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Jury to begin deliberating in Don Marsh trial

February 15, 2013
Scott Olson
The panel of nine will begin closed-door discussions Friday afternoon following closing arguments from attorneys representing Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and the former CEO of the company accused of spending $3.3 million of company funds on personal expenses.
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Marsh Supermarkets rests case against former CEO

February 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Don Marsh got their first chance to go on the offensive Wednesday after Marsh Supermarkets Inc. rested its case against the company's former CEO.
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Marsh pilot says he flew former CEO to see mistresses

February 11, 2013
Scott Olson
At least twice a month during the year 2000, the pilot told jurors, he ferried Don Marsh to New York City to visit one of his mistresses. Marsh Supermarkets is suing its former CEO in an attempt to recoup more than $3 million in what it claims are personal expenses.
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Sisters put sophisticated spin on popcornRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Just Pop In! retail stores feature traditional, popular flavors like caramel and cheddar—and an “Indy Style” mixture of the two—but a dizzying array of more imaginative concoctions sets the local chain apart.
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Former Marsh CFO sought out bankruptcy lawyers

February 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The former executive of Marsh Supermarkets Inc. said he became so concerned about the company's deteriorating finances less than a decade ago that he took the desperate step of meeting with bankruptcy lawyers.
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Don Marsh says he owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
The disclosure came during the fourth day of Don Marsh's civil trial. The locally based supermarket chain is alleging he used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Marsh defense: Travel was integral to company success

February 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh's testimony on cross-examination Thursday morning revealed a defense strategy to convince jurors that the frequent trips the former CEO took on the company’s dime were more for business than pleasure.
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Wal-Mart revisits plan for Greenwood store

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
A retail giant that lost its bid to build a store in Greenwood nearly a decade ago is hoping local leaders look more favorably on a new proposal to erect a smaller store at the same site.
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UPDATE: Defense takes turn in Marsh civil trial

February 6, 2013
Scott Olson
Don Marsh finally got off the hot seat Wednesday afternoon after his former company wrapped up nearly two days of questioning, but he didn't stay off the witness stand for long.
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UPDATE: Jet trips during affairs were also for business, Marsh testifies

February 5, 2013
Scott Olson
In a day on the witness stand, former Marsh Supermarkets Inc. CEO Don Marsh told jurors during his fraud trial Tuesday that he's not proud of his extramarital affairs, but he insisted the private jet trips he took to visit his mistresses were business-related.
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