Shopping Centers

Retail, apartment blitz hits Fishers

December 8, 2012
Cory Schouten
It seems as if all of Fishers is under construction—and not just the perpetual improvements to Interstate 69. Developers have lined up a multitude of deals adding residential and commercial space, projects that are coinciding with the town’s recent voter-approved transition to a city.
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As Simon soars, two big mall anchors retrenchRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Greg Andrews
Are Simon investors overlooking the potential fallout from trouble at two of the mall giant’s biggest tenants, Sears and JCPenney?
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South-side shopping center fills up on shoes, furnitureRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Shoe Carnival, Rooms Express will bring Southport Plaza to full occupancy for the first time in four years.
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Battered Broadbent climbs back from brinkRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Cory Schouten
One of the city’s best-known retail developers is alive and kicking again after a harrowing real estate downturn and protracted legal battle with two lenders.
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Tax bills slashed for pair of ailing mallsRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is granting Simon Property Group Inc. a $2.4 million refund, after a tax review board cut the value of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall roughly in half.
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VIDEO: Work on Fashion Mall at Keystone enters home stretch

September 26, 2012
Mason King
Fashion mall watch VideoMuch-anticipated upgrades to the high-profile Fashion Mall at Keystone will be ready for shoppers by mid-November. Mall owner Simon Property Group provided a sneak peek on Wednesday of work under way.
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Simon again considering acquisition of shopping mall rival

August 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
One of General Growth Properties Inc.'s largest shareholders says Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group has discussed acquiring the Chicago-based shopping mall competitor.
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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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J.C. Penney sells Simon Property stake for $248M

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
J.C. Penney Co. said Monday that it is selling the bulk of its interest in mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. for $248 million as it focuses on its core business.
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A year later, Circle Centre Nordstrom vacancy lingers

June 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
Without a rapid-fire lease deal and renovation, the former Nordstrom anchor space at Circle Centre will sit idle for a second holiday season. The more general-audience-oriented department store chain Macy’s remains the odds-on favorite to replace Nordstrom, though it would take only a portion of the available space.
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RACE: Reinventing commercial strips has economic upsideRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Savvy cities understand strip commercial corridors are economically and environmentally unsustainable.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Big Car director helps drive growth

June 27, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Walker_WatchVideoThe Big Car arts collective is shifting into a higher gear, with a budget this year of $250,000, a new westside events hub, and a paid staff that no longer fits into a sedan. Executive Director Jim Walker provides a front-seat view.
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Kroger convinces council member of need for gas station

June 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Kroger Co. will add a gas station to its store at West 86th Street and Township Line Road after successfully lobbying an Indianapolis City-County Council member who'd threatened to stand in its way.
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U.S. retail chains spending billions in bet on growth

June 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
For all the concern that the U.S. economy may be slowing, retailers from Express Inc. to Indianapolis-based Finish Line Inc. are poised to spend the most on capital improvements since the recession.
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Developer ups retail ambitions for 86th-and-Keystone siteRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
A Wisconsin developer has beefed up plans for the southwest corner of East 86th Street and Keystone Avenue across from The Fashion Mall at Keystone.
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Developer Kite to remake key corner in CarmelRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Cory Schouten
Kite Realty Group Trust is planning a Rivers Edge-like overhaul of two shopping centers it owns at 116th Street and Rangeline Road in Carmel. The Indianapolis-based real estate firm already has landed new tenants, including a natural and organic grocery store and a handful of restaurants.
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Steak n Shake woos real estate pros

May 23, 2012
Cory Schouten
Steak n Shake made a big splash at the International Council of Shopping Centers deal-making convention in Las Vegas as it pushes an aggressive plan to grow via franchising.
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Simon boosts dividend after gains in sales, occupancy, rent

April 27, 2012
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. said sales at its U.S. malls jumped 11.2 percent in its most recent quarter, to $546 per square foot. Simon malls were 93.6-percent occupied, up from 93 percent.
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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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Lafayette Square amusement center closes

March 29, 2012
Scott Olson
America's Incredible Pizza Co. shut down on Sunday, leaving a 75,000-square-foot vacancy in the struggling shopping center on Indianapolis' west side.
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French mall operator looks to Simon for know-how

March 23, 2012
Bloomberg News
Simon Property Group Inc.’s cutting-edge experience as the biggest U.S. mall owner will help Klepierre SA boost rental income at its shopping centers, the French company’s CEO says.
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Simon Property Group goes on $3.5B mall spending spree

March 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis mall owner is expanding its global profile, agreeing to buy a controlling stake in a French firm with a 271-property European portfolio. Simon also is buying out a partner in its Mills portfolio closer to home.
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Castleton Square Mall lands Borders replacement

February 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
Forever 21, a privately held California-based chain, has begun converting the roughly 25,000-square-foot former bookstore at the south entrance to the mall and is targeting a summer opening.
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Simon quarterly results improve as sales increase at malls

February 3, 2012
Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner, reported a 6.3-percent gain in fourth-quarter funds from operations as income from rents rose.
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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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