Shopping Centers

Prospects bright for Borders replacements

July 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Brokers expect strong demand from other retailers, in part because the failed bookstore chain carefully chose its real estate, opting for locations near concentrations of affluent and educated consumers.
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Simon Property results improve as U.S. retail sales advance

July 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. said funds from operations rose 20 percent in the second quarter as rents and occupancies increased. The company raised its forecast for the year.
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Borders liquidation another blow to retail real estate

July 21, 2011
Bloomberg News
Borders Group Inc.’s proposed liquidation will increase available U.S. retail space by about 6.3 million square feet as the industry struggles with near-record vacancy rates and stagnant rents.
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Well-located Carmel retail center plagued by vacancies

June 18, 2011
Cory Schouten
Merchants' Square shopping center, built in 1970 as the enclosed Keystone Square Mall and redeveloped into an open-air center and renamed in the mid-1990s, is riddled with vacancies and bracing for another high-profile departure, despite its prime location.
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Multiple tenants likely needed to plug Nordstrom holeRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Greg Andrews
Nordstrom occupies a staggering 210,000 square feet spread across three floors—60 percent more space than the Seattle-based chain occupies at the Fashion Mall at Keystone and likely more than any single retailer would be willing to lease.
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Circle Centre can survive Nordstrom exit, experts sayRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Cory Schouten
Anchor store Carson Pirie Scott negotiated a new lease in January, giving the downtown mall added stability at a key time.
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Nordstrom: Weak sales prompting closure of Circle Centre store

May 26, 2011
Scott Olson
Company President Erik Nordstrom said sales have fallen by half at the Circle Centre mall store since Nordstrom opened a Keystone Crossing location in 2008. The downtown store will close July 31.
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Nordstrom closing Circle Centre store

May 26, 2011
Cory Schouten
Nordstrom plans to close its store at Circle Centre mall, dealing a substantial setback for downtown. The Seattle-based chain was scheduled to announce the closure to employees at a mandatory staff meeting Thursday morning, a person familiar with the plans told IBJ.
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Simon Property to develop outlet center in Canada

May 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. said Monday that it will open an outlet shopping center in Ontario, the first of the shopping mall owner's line of Premium Outlets-brand shopping centers in Canada.
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Eastgate redevelopment reaches crucial crossroads

May 10, 2011
Tom Harton
Lifeline Data Centers, which bought Eastgate in 2008, plans to invest $10 million into the property this year if the Department of Public Safety moves forward with plans to lease 78,000 square feet.
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Simon Property results improve as store rents climb

April 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner, said funds from operations rose 75 percent in the first quarter as retail sales climbed.
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Greenwood Shoppes seeks bankruptcy reorganization

April 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The shopping center on U.S. 31 is the third Broadbent-operated strip mall to fall into bankruptcy and its second in Greenwood to claim financial problems.
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Pop-up retailers emerging in Indianapolis

April 16, 2011
Marc D. Allan
With the retail vacancy rate hovering around 13 percent locally and nationally, temporary retailers are becoming a fact of life in malls, strip malls and downtowns around the country.
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Amusement center set for Clearwater area

April 15, 2011
Cory Schouten
An entertainment venue featuring a bowling alley, concert hall and restaurant is set to replace a vacant movie theater.
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Castleton Plaza seeks bankruptcy reorganization

February 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Shopping center on East 82nd Street lists nearly $10.4 million in liabilities and about $7.6 million in assets. The Chapter 11 filing follows a request to foreclose on the property from the center's lender.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit rises on improving retail sales

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Earnings for the Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner increased to $217.9 million in the fourth quarter, up from $91.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Funds from operations, a key measurement used by real estate investment trusts, also improved.
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Lender seeks to foreclose on Castleton Plaza

February 1, 2011
Scott Olson
German American Capital Corp. claims the owner of the strip mall, Castleton Plaza LP—a subsidiary of Broadbent Co.—owes it $10 million. The lender is requesting the property be sold at a sheriff's sale to help satisfy the debt.
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Lego plans first Indiana store for Castleton Square

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The roughly 1,200-square-foot shop is scheduled to open in late March or early April.
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Simon Property abandons offer for Capital Shopping

January 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping mall owner, abandoned its $4.5 billion bid for Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc after the British company resisted Simon’s takeover interest.
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Spending data show strong December sales

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, according to data released Wednesday.
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Santa feeling stays with shoppers after Christmas

December 27, 2010
Associated Press
People hit the stores after Christmas to buy, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever.
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Strong holiday sales give Finish Line a boost

December 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The company said on Tuesday sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.5 percent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Analysts: Simon unlikely to buy Capital Shopping

December 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc. is unlikely to buy Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc because it will take too long for rents to rise enough to justify a price its U.K. counterpart would accept, according to Barclays Capital real estate analysts.
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Retailers scout new Indy-area locations

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Several restaurants, including three pizza chains, and an adult-oriented retail store are planning new locations around the city.
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UPDATE: United Kingdom mall owner rejects Simon bid

December 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Capital Shopping Centres Group Plc, the United Kingdom's biggest shopping mall owner, turned down Simon Property Group Inc.'s $4.6 billion bid, describing it as "inadequate."
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