Retailers

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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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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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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