Retailers

Shadeland Station shopping center bought for $9.5M

March 28, 2014
New York-based Time Equities Inc. acquired the northeast-side property that is anchored by a Marsh supermarket and 85-percent occupied.
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Finish Line reports rising quarterly, annual earnings

March 28, 2014
A jump in same-store sales and improvements to the sports-apparel retailer's website helped the company report a better-than-expected profit in its fiscal fourth quarter.
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Cabela’s chooses Noblesville for first central Indiana store

March 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The announcement from the Nebraska-based outdoor retailer comes five years after it abandoned plans to build a store near Interstate 65 and County Line Road in Greenwood.
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U.S. retail sales rebound after two slow months

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
Retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture, the Commerce Department said.
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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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Indiana mall's 'hoodie' signs offend some patrons

March 2, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The signs at the entrances of the Mounds Mall in Anderson state that, "For the safety & well-being of everyone, please lower your hoodie."
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Zionsville sticks with big-box ban despite growth push

February 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Even as retail development continues to proliferate just outside Zionsville’s borders, town officials say they remain committed to an 8-year-old zoning ordinance banning big-box stores.
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CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco products

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost it about $2 billion in annual revenue.
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Champps restaurants likely to survive parent's bankruptcy

January 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The bankruptcy of a Kansas restaurant company has cast uncertainty over the future of its five Indianapolis-area restaurants—three Chammps Americanas and two Fox and Hounds.
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Weak sales lead HHGregg to post smaller profit

January 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Shares of the Indianapolis-based retailer had fallen 18 percent by early afternoon Thursday, after the firm reported slumping sales and profit in its latest quarter.
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Speedway stores cited for beer sales on Christmas

January 30, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Excise Police have cited 109 Speedway convenience stores in Indiana, accusing them of illegally selling beer on Christmas.
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Court bars Indianapolis’ hour limits on adult bookstores

January 28, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has tossed an Indianapolis ordinance limiting the business hours of adult bookstores from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday.
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Giant Eagle store coming to The Bridges in Carmel

January 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The Pittsburgh-based supermarket officially announced that it will build a Market District grocery store in the development, along with a GetGo convenience store and fuel station. The stores should open in 2015.
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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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New grocer's arrival adds to questions about MarshRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Greg Andrews
Because Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle wants to enter the Indianapolis market, you'd think it would initiate discussions to buy Marsh Supermarkets, which has been hanging a for-sale banner for years. But a Giant Eagle spokesman said there have been no discussions.
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Holiday sales meet expectations after deep discounting

January 14, 2014
Associated Press
Holiday sales rose 3.8 percent from last year, just shy of the forecast, the National Retail Federation said Tuesday. But sales came at the expense of profit as stores had to discount early and often to get shoppers to spend money.
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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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Hat World plans include new HQ, hiring 758 workers

January 10, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indy-based retailer that operates nationally as Lids plans to build a 150,000-square-foot headquarters in Zionsville, beef up local distribution operations, and go on a major hiring spree.
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Lids parent plans 'major' jobs announcement

January 10, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Governor's office said it plans to make "a major economic development announcement" Friday morning "regarding hundreds of new jobs for Hoosiers" at the headquarters of Hat World Inc.  in Indianapolis.
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Marsh to shut down 8 stores by end of month

January 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The closings, which include five in the Indianapolis market, will leave the chain with 78 stores in two states.
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HHGregg reports disappointing holiday sales

January 6, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer said its fiscal third-quarter sales during the holiday season were hurt by competitors offering deeper discounts.
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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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  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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