Specialty stores

Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Mason King, Associated Press
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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Roberts leaving downtown location as part of $2.5M expansion

June 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The retailer of photo, video and electronics equipment will move from 255 S. Meridian St. to larger downtown space at 220 E. St. Clair St. Roberts plans to add 35 workers by 2018.
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Finish Line increases stake in running division

April 25, 2014
The Indianapolis-based athletics retailer bought a larger share in the Running Specialty Group, a chain that operates 49 stores in 11 states.
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Former HHGregg COO hired to lead bicycle retailer

April 1, 2014
Scott Olson
BikeStreet announced Monday that it has hired Gregg W. Throgmartin as its CEO, the same day as his departure from HHGregg became official.
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New grocery chain plans three local stores

March 7, 2014
Jeff Newman
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a Phoenix-based specialty grocery startup that plans to open its first eight stores this year, has decided on three locations in Indianapolis.
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Office retailer Staples plans to shut down 225 stores

March 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
Staples Inc., the largest U.S. office-supplies retail chain, will close as many as 12 percent of its North American stores and cut as much as $500 million in costs as online competition continues to hurt sales.
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RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

March 4, 2014
Associated Press
The closures represent just the latest setback for RadioShack, which has been struggling to update its image and compete with the rise of online retailers in recent years.
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Postal Service, union wrangle over Staples outlets

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.
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After 9-year hiatus, Caplinger family opens new fish marketRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Scott Olson
Veteran seafood operators Nick and Andrew Caplinger opened a shop in December at East 75th Street and Shadeland Avenue that boasts a wide variety of fresh fish.
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Archiver's chain closing all stores, including two in Indy

January 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The closures will cost 21 local employees their jobs in mid-February.
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Indiana gold dealers operate under new rules

January 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana "cash for gold" dealers now must register with the secretary of state and local police as part of a new state law designed to help authorities track stolen jewelry.
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Pupils learn to talk fast, sell well in auctioneering school

January 11, 2014
Sam Stall
Melissa Davis is a third-generation auctioneer and president of Reppert School of Auctioneering. She helps lead quarterly courses running 10 days straight.
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Cord Camera to close remaining Indianapolis store

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
A camera business that once had more than 30 locations in Ohio and Indiana is closing six of its remaining eight stores in the face of dropping sales and increased use of smartphone cameras.
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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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Convenience stores sue to sell cold beer in Indiana

May 14, 2013
Mason King
An industry trade group filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning contending that Indiana liquor law is unconstitutional and unfairly benefits liquor stores.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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