Retail

Noble Roman's reports profit despite lower revenue

November 10, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based Noble Roman's Inc. said late Monday that it posted a third-quarter profit of $459,535, or 2 cents per share—a 44-percent improvement over the same period last year. But revenue for the quarter fell to $1.9 million, from $2.2 million in 2008.
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Former Smith-Holden Music employees open new Bloomington store

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two key employees of the recently closed store in downtown Bloomington have opened their own venture, Melody Music Shop.
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HHGregg's quarterly earnings, sales jump

November 5, 2009
HHGregg reported a rise in quarterly profit and sales Thursday morning that exceeded analyst expectations, despite a decrease in same-store sales.
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Bloomington chamber weighs in on chain-store ban

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is opposing Mayor Mark Kruzan’s proposal to restrict chain stores and restaurants downtown.
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Hat World acquires 37-store Sports Fan-Attic chain

November 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
Locally based Hat World Inc. has agreed to acquire a popular 37-store athletic retail chain in hopes of doing for collegiate and professional sports licensed apparel what Hat World did for headwear.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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Steak n Shake's Biglari adds intrigue by buying stake in insurer

October 31, 2009
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis-based company's CEO revealed earlier this year that he intends to use Steak n Shake as a holding company that will pursue purchases “either related or unrelated to its ongoing business activities.”
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Downtown upscale eateries cancel their lunch plans

October 30, 2009
Mason King
While fast food remains a favorite for value-minded patrons, several higher-end restaurants in the Mile Square and its nearby environs have decided in the last year to pull the tablecloth out from under their lunch service.
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New not-for-profit coffee shop in Fletcher Place will raise money for charities

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new coffee shop named for Calvin Fletcher, one of the city's first lawyers, will give money to groups such as Second Helpings.
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Haunted houses avoid recessionary letdown because they offer escapeRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Even in bad times people want to be entertained.” Nationwide, roughly 2,000 haunted houses, hayrides and other attractions rake in $1 billion annually of the $7 billion consumers spend on Halloween, according to St. Louis-based trade group Hauntworld Inc.
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Bankruptcies, store closings help Halloween shops scare up space

October 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Like zombies coming to life in a low-budget horror flick, the Halloween specialty shops that invade empty store fronts are groaning with activity.
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Steak n Shake nearer to merger with steak chain

October 23, 2009
Under terms of the deal, Steak n Shake will pay Western Sizzlin shareholders $22.9 million and Western will pay its shareholders a $15.9 million stock dividend, making the total deal worth about $38.8 million.
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Northeast-side CVS gets nod

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Metropolitan Development Commission has given its blessing to a new CVS store along 82nd Street just east of Interstate 69 over the objection of city planners.
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Bloomington mayor to roll out chain-store ordinance for downtown

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan believes this beloved college town loses a bit of its identity every time a national chain sets up shop.
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O'Malia's closing northside market after 33 years

October 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
The O'Malia's Food Market near 56th Street and Emerson Avenue will close for good this weekend after a 33-year run.
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Shopping center vacancies continue to climb

October 12, 2009
Scott Olson
Vacancies at U.S. shopping malls and retail strip centers have climbed to steep levels, a trend that Indianapolis-based commercial real estate companies Simon Property Group Inc. and Kite Realty Group Trust haven't been able to dodge.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Cabela's puts Greenwood property up for sale

October 7, 2009
Cabela's is selling the land on which it had planned to build a store in Greenwood.
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Camera retailer Roberts adjusts to the times, plans new store

October 3, 2009
Cory Schouten
The home-grown retailer lately has sought to supply cameras for government and law-enforcement entities as its once-reliable newspaper clientele scales back.
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Hat World acquires Minnesota sporting goods dealer

September 28, 2009
Indianapolis-based Hat World Inc. said Monday that its Impact Sports division has acquired Great Plains Sports in St. Paul, Minn.
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Finish Line shares rise despite quarterly loss

September 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
Shares in locally based athletic retailer The Finish Line Inc. jumped Friday morning after the company reported a narrow loss for the second fiscal quarter, mostly because of the large cost of unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Finish Line suffers second quarter loss

September 24, 2009
Associated Press
Sporting goods retailer The Finish Line Inc. said on Thursday that it lost $874,000 in the second quarter, mostly because of a loss it took by unloading its unsuccessful Man Alive stores in July.
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Developer Broadbent sues banks after they tighten credit line

September 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based Broadbent Co., one of the city’s biggest retail developers, has sued two of its banks, charging they’re wrongly attempting to restrict its access to a $50 million credit line.
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UPDATE: Simon remembered for vision, courage

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Friday funeral is planned for a man who made a fortune building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis. Melvin Simon, 82, succumbed this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Anderson siblings buying city's Mounds Mall

September 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two Anderson siblings are buying the city's Mounds Mall from the Florida-based company that has owned it for the past six years.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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