Roundup: Hobby Lobby, Bakersfield, Orange Leaf

February 6, 2013
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  • Compass roseHobby Lobby plans to open a 55,000-square-foot store at the northwest corner of State Road 37 and Pleasant Road in Noblesville. The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain with locations on the south side, east side, Avon and Carmel plans to take over the former home of MC Sports. Two other moves are planned to make way for Hobby Lobby: The center's Deal$ store will move into the former home of Staples, and Pet Supplies "Plus" expects to downsize.
  • Bakersfield, a unique Mexican restaurant and bar set to take over the 3,100-square-foot former home of Bazbeaux on Massachusetts Avenue, announced on Facebook it plans to open in March. The restaurant is expanding from a popular location in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. The restaurant offers a simple menu including tacos, tortas, salads and starters.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt plans to open a shop at the Buckingham Cos. development The Avenue near IUPUI on Feb. 21, and has signed a lease to open another location on Massachusetts Avenue next door to the Ball & Biscuit. Other central Indiana locations for the Oklahoma City-based chain include Zionsville, Southport and Bluff roads in Indianapolis, Shelbyville and Franklin.
  • DXL, a big-and-tall chain that's part of Massachusetts-based Casual Male Retail Group, plans to open an 8,000-square-foot store at the Greendale Centre on U.S. 31 south of Fry Road in Greenwood. The concept also has a location in Castleton.
  • Menchie's, a frozen-yogurt chain, plans to open a 1,450-square-foot location at Glendale Town Center. The California-based chain opened its first local outlet at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville in March 2012.
  • Forever Heather, a women's clothing and accessories boutique, plans to open a 500-square-foot shop at Indianapolis International Airport. The concept also has stores at the Reagan Washington National Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  • American Mattress, a Chicago-based chain with eight central Indiana stores, is joining Kite's redeveloped Rangeline Crossing shopping center at 116th Street and Rangeline Road in Carmel. Anchors include an Earth Fare grocery, Panera, Piada Italian restaurant and City Barbeque.
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  • Frozen Yogurt
    I wish frozen yogurt places would get their crap together or quit opening. They continue to take lease space then close just a few months later.
    • Yogurt
      I don't think Orange Leaf will have any problems staying open on Mass Ave. With all those restuarants around there, it is pretty much perfectly placed, and it won't really impact Yogulatte, either. There aren't a lot of options for ice cream/yogurt in downtown.
    • Cool
      I think the OrangeLeaf is a perfect addition to Mass Ave! Over the next few years Mass Ave is going to become an even livelier, cool place with many more people living in the area.
      • Orange Leaf not bad
        I went up to Z-ville to try Orange Leaf. It has better quality yogurt and toppings than Yogolatte. The location is also more convenient for a larger number of people. I'd expect it to do well.
      • Yum!
        Yippee!
      • yogurt
        Orange leaf is terrible quality "yogurt"
      • Orange Leaf
        How does Shelbyville have an Orange Leaf but the entire south side of Indianapolis doesn't?
        • Southside Locations
          Southside has one by the Greenwood mall off Fry, and at Southport and Bluff.
        • Orange Leaf
          How much frozen yogurt does downtown need? Orange Leaf is opening up at The Avenue, City Way, and now Mass Ave, plus the new Pairings frozen yogurt/coffee place is opening up at Washington & Meridian. I think they may be overdoing it.
        • 86th and keystone
          Hey Cory- did I miss any coverage of what is going on at the SW corner of this intersection? Old building is demolished and I haven't had a chance to read the signs for what they are going to build there....
          • Downtown yogurt places
            Per some earlier comments, downtown does not have enough (or you could argue any) yogurt places. None currently are within walking distance (and I am a runner) of Monument Circle. Putting ones on Mass Ave and Washington/Meridian are great moves.
          • answer to your question
            http://www.ibj.com/30m-keystone-mixed-use-project-seeks-city-approval/PARAMS/article/38883
          • Thx Ben
            Must have missed that one - thanks for the link.
          • Can't wait!
            Been waiting for the IUPUI and Mass Ave locations for a while now. Wasn't there going to be one in CityWay at some point? What I would still love is an ice cream place in Fountain Square that is open year-round (DQ closes for the late fall/winter/early spring).
          • Orange Leaf bonanza
            That is a major expansion for what is likely to be little more than a resurgence/second wave of a fad (the TCBY era was the first wave, and look what happened to those). In four or five years, Orange Leaf will probably go the way of Bruegger's Bagels or Schlotzky's Deli--remember those? They still operate, but at 1/5 the number of their peak and are back to being regional--rather than national--chains. Long gone from Indy. These days, even Quizno's is pretty hard to find.
          • What happened to MC Sports?
            Did the MC Sports store move or did it close? It was small but I liked it and I occasionally found things there that I couldn't find at Dick's or Finish Line, and the prices were better too. Didn't realize they were out of the space where Hobby Lobby is going though.
            • Mc
              They closed down

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