Retail

Plans for Kroger-anchored center in west Carmel fall through

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The grocer might reconsider the Altum Garden's site if economic variables change.
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PROXY CORNER: The Finish Line Inc.

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Finish Line Inc., 3308 N. Mitthoeffer Road, Indianapolis, www.thefinishline.com, is a specialty retailer of brand-name athletic and leisure footwear, activewear and accessories.
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Black-lit mini-golf course opens on Circle Centre’s fourth floor

October 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Wichita, Kan.-based Opry GlowGolf LLC, which operates 20 similar courses around the country, took 6,500 square feet just up the escalator from the food court.
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INSIDE DISH: Entrepreneur eschews MBA, opens French cafe

October 22, 2010
Mason King
Emilie Watch VideoEmilie Myers is getting all the practical experience she can handle as she and her mother (owner of Zionsville's late The Pie Safe) try to push La Mie Emilie into the black.
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Vera Bradley shares off to impressive start

October 21, 2010
Stock in the Fort Wayne-based company began trading Thursday morning at $16 but climbed as high as $23.90.
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Vera Bradley set to go public

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fort Wayne-based company is scheduled to begin trading as a public company Wednesday morning. The estimated offering price is $14 to $16 each, although a Morningstar analyst predicts the IPO could bring as much as $18 a share.
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Worker suit blasts Dick's for 'chronic understaffing'Restricted Content

October 16, 2010
Greg Andrews
The case alleges the sporting goods firm broke Indiana law by requiring employees to work when they were on break and at other times they weren’t on the clock.
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Retailers opening new stores around Indy before holidays

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
OshKosh B’gosh will open its first Indianapolis store next to The Fashion Mall at Keystone.
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Industry vet sees sectors on upswing, auctions booming

October 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
REW watch videoJeff Henry, managing principal of Cassidy Turley, believes the commercial real estate market has seen the worst but isn't far off the bottom yet. Meanwhile, banks are beginning to jettison properties in a wave of auctions.
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Broadbent subsidiary seeks bankruptcy reorganization

October 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The owner of the building that houses the Music Mill concert venue listed assets of $1.4 million and liabilities of $1.3 million.
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Finish Line introduces in-store kiosks to make custom T-shirts

October 9, 2010
Cory Schouten
Finish Line is testing touch-screen customization kiosks at its Greenwood Park Mall store. The kiosks, which look like oversize iPads, produce an individualized Nike T-shirt in about 15 minutes.
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INSIDE DISH: Cajun couple plays to strengths

October 8, 2010
Mason King
Zydecos_WatchVideoDeb and Carter Hutchinson, owners of Mooresville's unlikely Creole hotspot Zydeco's, have made a living through their gifts for shifting gears. Created on little more than a whim, the eatery thrives on its out-of-left-field approach.
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Longtime car retailer closes on west side

October 5, 2010
National Car Sales, for years known for its commercials featuring basketball coach Bobby "Slick" Leonard, closed last week after more than 20 years in the market.
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Colts may look to sell souvenirs through vending machines

September 28, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based MainGate is testing the new NFL merchandise sales technique in Minnesota. Indianapolis could be next.
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INSIDE DISH: Sales slacking, Smee's owner seeks solutions

September 24, 2010
Mason King
Smees Watch VideoThe recession, competition and maybe even familiarity have pushed Tim Smeehuyzen's north-side haunt into the red.
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Finish Line's second-quarter profit jumps to $16.8M

September 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose as it rebounded from a messy quarter a year earlier after the athletic shoe retailer sold its unsuccessful Man Alive hip-hop stores.
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Owners enjoy Melody Inn's niche as well-worn music venue

September 18, 2010
Marc D. Allan
Since Melody Inn owners Dave Brown and Rob Ondrish bought the 38th and Illinois streets mainstay in 2001, they figure more than 7,000 bands have played on the 18-inch-high stage tucked just inside their front door.
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Fried chicken franchises, Argentine eatery call it quits

September 17, 2010
Scott Olson
Five Popeyes restaurants in Indianapolis owned by one franchisee close down, as does downtown eatery Taste of Tango.
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Union cancels Marsh vote planned for Friday

September 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The local grocery workers union has pulled its request for an election at Marsh's supermarket in Beech Grove, saying recent events cast a pall over the vote that was scheduled for Friday.
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Tower manager proposes 4th Artsgarden skywalk

September 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Reit Management & Research LLC made a presentation Wednesday to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission for its plans to build a pedestrian walkway between Circle Centre mall and PNC Center.
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U.S. retail sales increase for second straight month

September 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
Purchases increased 0.4 percent, following a 0.3-percent gain in July. Seventeen tax-free holidays in August probably drew more shoppers to malls, where discounts were deeper than those in July.
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As Sardar Biglari stirs controversy, Steak n Shake hums alongRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Greg Andrews
Sardar Biglari has a penchant for self-promotion. But he's also making a good case for his management skills.
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Fishers shopping center lands new tenants

September 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Kite Realty Group Trust has landed Goodwill, Dollar Tree and Mexico City Grill for a renovation of its Fishers Station shopping center.
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Canadian company buying 12 Crystal Flash stores

September 10, 2010
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said on Friday that it expects to complete the acquisition of a dozen Indianapolis stores this month. Couche-Tard is the largest independent convenience store operator in North America.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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