Retailers

Denver-based firm laps up BlueMile running chain

May 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
BlueMile, a local six-store running specialty chain, has been acquired by a group that includes Indianapolis-based sports goliath The Finish Line Inc. The deal is expected to speed BlueMile's expansion.
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Kennedy partners with Olympic runner to buy shoe chain

May 22, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana running icon Bob Kennedy believes Movin Shoes Inc. has great potential for growth. Its California location doesn't violate Kennedy's non-compete agreement with Indiana's BlueMile chain.
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HHGregg's stock swoons after quarterly report disappoints

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses, it said Monday.
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HHGregg earnings sink on declining sales

May 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based retailer saw a big drop in earnings in its latest quarter on decreased sales, lower profit margins and higher advertising expenses.
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Lids acquiring Kentucky sporting goods chain

May 20, 2013
Associated Press
The CEO of a private equity firm that helped fund the Lexington-based Fan Outfitters chain said new regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act prompted the group to look at the offer from Lids.
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Convenience stores sue to sell cold beer in Indiana

May 14, 2013
Mason King
An industry trade group filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning contending that Indiana liquor law is unconstitutional and unfairly benefits liquor stores.
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Circle Centre hanging in despite anchor vacancy

May 8, 2013
Scott Olson
The downtown mall last year saw its sales per square foot increase to $354, a 5.3-percent increase from 2011, according to an annual operating report it provides to the city. But non-anchor occupancy slipped below 90 percent.
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Meijer might finally be coming to AnsonRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Construction paperwork indicates the store will be almost 200,000 square feet and employ 100 people.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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Kite buys Castleton Crossing center for $39M

May 1, 2013
The retail center, off East 82nd Street, near Interstate 465 and Allisonville Road, is fully leased and is anchored by HomeGoods, Burlington Coat Factory and Shoe Carnival.
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Zionsville's Main Street aims to boost drawing power, charm

April 27, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Zionsville’s new economic development plan calls for ramping up commercial activity in the predominantly residential community—just not at the expense of the mom-and-pop shops that give the Boone County town its charm.
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More demand for mall space boosts Simon earnings

April 26, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based owner of retail centers raised its expectations for the fiscal year after reporting solid gains in occupancy, rent revenue and earnings for the first quarter.
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After raid, pet store owner agrees to quit selling animals

April 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Animal control officers found hundreds of violations in March at The Fish Bowl, 2101 East Michigan St. The owner plans to continue operating his business as a pet-supply store.
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Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

April 22, 2013
Associated Press
States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday.
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Finish Line expects sales to leap in Macy’s deal

April 12, 2013
Scott Olson
Becoming the exclusive athletic footwear partner of the department store chain could increase Finish Line's annual revenue as much as 30 percent, executives say. Finish Line apparel will start appearing in Macy's this weekend.
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Mobile boutique takes pop-up retail on the roadRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Jill McCarter
Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro 101, is among a growing number of retailers who have chosen the nomadic lifestyle . Looking for an alternative to the fixed overhead of a permanent location, they set up shop at a site for a few days or weeks, then pack up and move on.
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Greenwood pet store stocked with exotic critters

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
From tarantulas to emperor scorpions and monitor lizards, Pandemonium Exotics caters to enthusiasts looking for pets beyond a dog or cat.
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Charlie & Barney's ends 36-year restaurant run

April 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis chain Charlie & Barney's, known for its chili, has closed its flagship downtown location, leaving it without a restaurant for the first time since its 1977 founding.
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Appeals court upholds Marsh's $18.2M award from Roche

April 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld an $18.2 million judgment Monday in favor of Marsh Supermarkets LLC on its complaint alleging that Roche breached a contract to sublease space in the Fishers building that houses Marsh’s headquarters.
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Senators stalling Indiana online sales-tax proposal

March 29, 2013
Associated Press
Some key state senators are sidelining a bill that would make Amazon.com and other online-only retailers start collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax this summer.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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Finish Line hits snag in new running segment

March 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The athletic footwear and clothing company said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings dropped 18 percent due to lackluster sales at stores open at least a year.
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Whole Foods shelves store slated for Fishers

March 26, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
High-end grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. wants to triple the number of stores it operates, but the company has bagged plans for a location on 116th Street in Fishers.
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With TV business ‘forever changed,’ HHGregg retoolsRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
CEO Dennis May said: "We see the HHGregg of the future as a home products store that also sells consumer electronics."
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Indy pet store raid finds hundreds of dead animals

March 15, 2013
Associated Press
Animal control officials who raided an Indianapolis pet store that failed an annual inspection say they found hundreds of dead small animals as well as other creatures living in filthy tanks and cages.
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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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