Retailers

Finish Line exec resigns after website redesign debacle

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Less than three months after a disastrous launch of a newly designed website that cost the retail company $3 million in sales, The Finish Line Inc. has parted ways with its chief digital officer.
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MainGate calls audible during blackout, tops sales forecasts

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Pregame emergency plans help MainGate Inc. go into scramble mode and keep Super Bowl merchandise shops at the Superdome open even while the lights were out.
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Earlier online sales tax collection clears Indiana House

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
Amazon.com and other online-only retailers would have to start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the Indiana House.
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Marsh to call former CEO as first witness

February 4, 2013
Scott Olson
The lead lawyer for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. expects to call Don Marsh as its first witness when the civil trial against him reconvenes Tuesday. The grocery chain alleges that the former CEO used company funds to pay more than $3 million in personal expenses.
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Bill would crack down on sales to secondhand shops

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would crack down on sales of stolen goods to the state's secondhand stores.
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Indiana gun permit denials nearly double in 4 years

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
The number of  state residents whose gun permit requests were denied by the Indiana State Police has nearly doubled in the past four years amid an increase in permit applications.
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Simon unit suing Stir Crazy chain for unpaid rent

February 1, 2013
Scott Olson
The owner of Castleton Square Mall is suing its former tenant for $471,031 following the restaurant's closing late last month.
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HHGregg profit falls on sinking same-store sales

January 31, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer said profit fell 23 percent in its fiscal third quarter as slumping demand for televisions caused same-store sales to drop.
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Indiana lawmakers push for Sunday alcohol sales

January 29, 2013
Associated Press
Lawmakers in the last state in the nation to bar retail alcohol sales on Sundays are making a push to lift the restriction, but strong opposition from liquor stores could hinder the effort.
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Lifestyle mall triggers wave of development at Interstate 69 exitRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Cory Schouten
Five years after the Hamilton Town Center lifestyle mall opened at a sleepy interchange on Interstate 69 in Noblesville, the neighborhood is one of the hottest growth markets in the state for retail, residential and medical development.
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Bill seeks earlier date for online retailers to collect taxes

January 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Hoosiers may be required to pay a 7-percent sales tax on top of their Amazon purchases starting July 1 if a proposed House bill is adopted.
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HHGregg shares tumble on profit warning

January 14, 2013
Cory Schouten
HHGregg shares fell 10 percent in early trading Monday after the Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer slashed its 2013 profit forecast almost 25 percent on a sharper-than-expected drop in television sales.
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Downtown Arvey store reopens under new ownership

January 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Arvey Paper & Office Products at 1021 N. Pennsylvania St. began serving customers again in December after closing for six months. A former executive of Arvey's previous parent company bought the name and has reopened five stores nationwide.
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Greenfield gun seller, others seeing run on guns

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
Gun enthusiasts are snapping up weapons faster than they can be replenished. And applications for gun permits spiked sharply toward the end of 2012.
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Investor: Kroger missed chance to buy ‘linchpin’ propertyRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Owner of real estate near 16th and Central says grocery chain showed little interest, but Kroger says it still wants property to make way for new downtown store.
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Finish Line suffers surprising quarterly loss

January 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The earnings fell short of predictions by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, which recently forecast per-share earnings of 10 cents on revenue of $296 million.
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Gerdt Furniture to close doors after 53-year run

December 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The last remaining store for the family-owned business, which recently shuttered its Castleton location, will stage a liquidation sale on Dec. 28.
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Stores brace for snow during final shopping days

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
With sales during the holiday shopping season disappointing so far, the nation's retailers are depending even more on these final days leading up to Christmas for a boost in business. Retailers are hoping the storm won't change shoppers' plans.
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Landmark Anderson drugstore closes after 80 years

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
Howard Gwinn worked as a teacher and a Chicago-based pharmacist before opening shop at Fifth Street and Madison Avenue in Anderson in 1932. The drugstore he founded was a neighborhood fixture until closing Wednesday night.
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Retail, apartment blitz hits Fishers

December 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
It seems as if all of Fishers is under construction—and not just the perpetual improvements to Interstate 69. Developers have lined up a multitude of deals adding residential and commercial space, projects that are coinciding with the town’s recent voter-approved transition to a city.
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As Simon soars, two big mall anchors retrenchRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
Are Simon investors overlooking the potential fallout from trouble at two of the mall giant’s biggest tenants, Sears and JCPenney?
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Retailers report weak sales gains for November

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported slow sales in November as a strong start to the holiday shopping season wasn't enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by Superstorm Sandy.
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Upscale grocer Fresh Market planning Fishers store

November 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Specialty grocery chain The Fresh Market is planning its third store in the Indianapolis area, this time at 116th Street and Cumberland Road in Fishers.
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Experts predict 20-percent growth in Cyber Monday shopping

November 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
This year's Cyber Monday could be the biggest online shopping day of the year for the third year in a row. Indianapolis-based retailers The Finish Line and HHGregg are among those offering Cyber Monday specials.
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Small stores vie for slice of holiday-shopping pieRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
National retailers are licking their chops over the $586 billion consumers are expected to spend during the holiday season, and small-business owners also are bellying up to the buffet.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

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  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

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