Specialty stores

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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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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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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Startup's stuffed toys help kids do goodRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Promise Monsters makes and sell plush toys that promote kindness through secret “missions” kids are asked to complete.
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Lawmakers may tighten grip on gold-buying businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State lawmakers and Indianapolis officials are looking to regulate the gold-buying business, which police say provides an easy outlet for stolen goods. Cash-for-gold stores have multiplied as prices more than doubled since 2007.
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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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Dry cleaners' solvents taint Martinsville's waterRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the city of Martinsville on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.
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Dry cleaners moving to 'perc' alternativesRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
One of the region’s largest dry cleaning companies recently washed its hands of perchloroethylene, the dry cleaning chemical at the heart of about 170 cleaner site cleanups statewide.
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Gerdt Furniture closing Castleton location

October 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The 26-year-old store at 8602 Allisonville Road is liquidating its merchandise and is marking down prices as much as 70 percent. Gerdt's original and lone remaining store, in Southport, will stay open.
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Kennedys sell interests in running store chain

September 27, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Bob and Melina Kennedy have sold their assets in BlueMile, a chain of running and fitness stores they founded 12 years ago as The Running Co. Co-founders Ashley and Andrea Johnson are now sole owners.
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Women's retailer plans $37M expansion, 242 jobs

September 27, 2012
New York-based Ascena Retail Group, whose female clothing brands include Justice, Lane Bryant, Maurices and Dressbarn, plans to transform its 794,000-square-foot warehouse in Greencastle into an e-commerce distribution hub.
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Indianapolis jeweler shot during home break-in

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis police say jeweler Gary Thrapp of G. Thrapp Jewelers was in stable but serious condition Sunday after being shot when two people broke into his home.
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Fashion Mall landlord suing tenant over unpaid rent

July 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A division of Simon Property Group Inc. is suing Brisbane, Calif.-based Bebe Stores Inc., claiming the women's clothing retailer owes it $64,000 in unpaid rent.
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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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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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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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Indiana escapes Best Buy's closure plans

April 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana isn’t part of Best Buy’s plan to close 50 stores, the electronics retail chain announced over the weekend.
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Agency increases effort to help state's artisans sell waresRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Three years after budget cuts threatened the state-run Indiana Artisan program, the newly independent organization is moving ahead with ambitious plans to broaden its reach—and help artists and food producers build their businesses.
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Political worries contribute to robust firearms salesRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Sam Stall
The presidential election is still a long way off, but large numbers of Indianapolis-area gun owners seem to think Barack Obama is a surefire bet for a second term. Uneasiness over his re-election (and fear that he might push for strict gun control laws) has sparked a run on weapons and ammunition.
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Hofmeister seeks financing to emerge from bankruptcy

April 6, 2012
Scott Olson
Despite objections from unsecured creditors, a federal bankruptcy judge granted the jeweler's request to hire an outside consultant to help it seek alternative financing to repay the balance of a PNC Bank loan.
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New hardware store tries to carve out niche near downtown

March 27, 2012
Scott Olson
In a city and industry dominated by big-box home-improvement chains, North Meridian Hardware owner Keith Payne hopes his independent store can build a loyal following among downtown's denizens.
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Popular barbershop gets makeover from community

March 18, 2012
Associated Press
Whiteland residents have rallied around a beloved barber who has been cutting hair in the Johnson County community for more than four decades by helping him remodel his shop.
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Stout's Shoes expects website to become its largest 'store'Restricted Content

February 4, 2012
Sam Stall
After years of failed attempts to create a viable Web presence, Stout's Shoes has finally plunged into cyberspace using the route experts say many small companies follow: giving the job to a young, tech-savvy family member with an aptitude for social media.
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