Retailers

HHGregg setbacks reflect deeper woes, some fear

July 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
Retailer's operating income is the same as five years ago, even though it has triple the number of stores.
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U.S. retail sales sink for third straight month

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said Monday. Consumers spent less on autos, furniture, appliances, on building and garden supplies, and at department stores.
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HHGregg shares plummet on new earnings forecast

July 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HHGregg Inc. shares plunged Wednesday after the Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer said it expects to report a wider first-quarter loss because of weak sales in its video business. It also cut its full-year outlook.
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Marsh closing three grocery stores in central Indiana

July 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Marsh Supermarkets Inc. confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it is closing stores in Greenwood, Anderson and Martinsville. Many employees will get a severance package or an option to transfer to another location.
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Hofmeister files bankruptcy reorganization plan

July 6, 2012
Dan Human
Hofmeister Personal Jewelers Inc. plans to pay off its creditors over seven years as part of the well-known Indianapolis retailer’s bankruptcy restructuring.
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National retailers report tepid sales for June

July 5, 2012
Shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in disappointing sales for many retailers.
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J.C. Penney closing distribution center, laying off 230

July 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The distribution center, which opened in 2002 near the Indianapolis International Airport, will close by the end of September, company officials said.
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Finish Line stock jumps after profit exceeds expectations

June 29, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer's profit fell 25 percent in the first quarter, but beat analyst predictions. Shares rose nearly 12 percent on the day.
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Kroger convinces council member of need for gas station

June 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Kroger Co. will add a gas station to its store at West 86th Street and Township Line Road after successfully lobbying an Indianapolis City-County Council member who'd threatened to stand in its way.
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PROXY CORNER: Vera Bradley Inc.

June 23, 2012
Vera Bradley Inc., 2208 Production Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46808, sells handbags, accessories, paper-and-gift items and travel items through 55 retail stores, nine outlet stores, 3,300 specialty stores and through verabradley.com.
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U.S. retail chains spending billions in bet on growth

June 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
For all the concern that the U.S. economy may be slowing, retailers from Express Inc. to Indianapolis-based Finish Line Inc. are poised to spend the most on capital improvements since the recession.
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MainSource Bank snags prime former Borders space

June 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
MainSource Bank plans to open its first Indianapolis branch in part of the former home of Borders at the southeast corner of Meridian and Washington streets downtown.
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INSIDE DISH: Smokers' haven prepares for ban

May 30, 2012
Mason King
Dish Mass Ave Pub watch videoMass Avenue Pub survived a two-year hiatus in the mid-2000s after a massive infrastructure collapse. Its owners think going smokeless on Friday will be a comparative breeze, even though 65 percent of their clientele like to light up.
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Steak n Shake woos real estate pros

May 23, 2012
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake made a big splash at the International Council of Shopping Centers deal-making convention in Las Vegas as it pushes an aggressive plan to grow via franchising.
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HHGregg’s profit jumps on life-insurance payout

May 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer on Wednesday reported fiscal quarterly profit of $53.6 million, including $39.6 million from a life insurance policy the company took out on former executive chairman Jerry W. Throgmartin.
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Federal court to hear Steak n Shake franchisee appeal

May 21, 2012
Scott Olson
The case involves an Illinois franchisee of Steak n Shake that successfully sued the company over its mandatory menu and pricing policies. The company's appeal is set to be heard Wednesday by a federal appeals court in Chicago.
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Biz boosters embrace One Click, but it's no sure thingRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Randy and Angie Stocklin started Greenwood-based One Click Ventures out of their home with $20,000 in 2005. They now own a portfolio of niche retail websites, including SunglassWarehouse.com, HandbagHeaven.com and Scarves.net, which brought $5.3 million in revenue last year.
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Business Furniture expands into Ohio with acquisition

May 14, 2012
Indianapolis-based Business Furniture LLC, the city's largest office furniture dealer, has expanded into Ohio by acquiring Everybody’s Workplace Solutions Inc. in Dayton.
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Airport faces fiscal headwindsRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority recorded a $31.3 million operating loss in 2011, a result that new board President Michael Wells believes underscores the need to find new sources of revenue.
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Marsh CEO Kelley quits for job in New England

May 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
Marsh Supermarkets CEO Joe Kelley abruptly resigned Tuesday, and the Fishers-based chain launched a search for its third chief executive in a little more than a year. The company named Chief Operating Officer Bill Holsworth as its interim CEO.
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Finish Line plans to add 327 jobs as part of expansion

May 1, 2012
The Indianapolis-based retailer of athletic shoes and apparel said it will add the jobs by 2016 as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion that will upgrade its e-commerce systems.
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INSIDE DISH: Nostalgic Shallos does brisk business swiftly

April 27, 2012
Mason King
Dish_Shallos_WatchVideoThe 31-year-old, south-side institution is approaching a potential turning point as it breaks sales records and continues to hone lightning-quick food prep and table turnover.
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Castleton Square will get new stores catering to youthRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Forever 21 is more than tripling its square footage at the north-side mall by taking the former Borders bookstore space.
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Earth Fare grocery replacing Borders at Hamilton Town Center

April 18, 2012
Cory Schouten
An upscale supermarket chain focused on natural and organic products is taking the former Borders bookstore space at Hamilton Town Center. The store will be the first in Indiana for the privately held chain.
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Finish Line to sell Special Olympics merchandise

April 17, 2012
The agreement to sell the organization's items online and in stores is part of a multiyear partnership in which Indianapolis-based Finish Line has agreed to lend support to Special Olympics.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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