Roundup: Big-box retailers, pizza joints and more

October 1, 2013
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Gander Mountain has filed plans to build a 45,288-square-foot store at 216 Gable Crossing Drive in Avon. The store would be the St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor retailer’s third in the Indianapolis area. The others are at 5702 E. 86th St. and 1049 Emerson Avenue in Greenwood.
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36 East Irish Pub & Grill has opened downtown at 36 E. Washington St. in the building last occupied by Coal Pizza Co. The menu features Irish classics corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash as well as typical pub fare such as chicken strips, cheeseburger sliders, and spaghetti. The space previously housed short-lived eateries Taste of Tango and Hue Dine.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed plans to build a 163,273-square-foot supercenter at 882 S. State Road 135 in Greenwood. The store should be open next summer, according to a company spokesman. Wal-Mart also has a store in Greenwood at 1133 N. Emerson Ave.

Homespun: Modern Handmade, a trendy Irvington boutique, is moving downtown to 869 Massachusetts Ave., in the new Trail Side on Mass Ave development. The Irvington location will stay open through early 2014, according to the Indianapolis Star. Homespun will join Yats as the first two tenants at Trail Side.

Toppers Pizza plans to open a 1,669-square-foot store by the end of the year at 910 W. 10th St., Suite 12, in The Avenue. The store will be the first for franchisee Craig Hartwick and the second in the metropolitan area for the Whitewater, Wis.-based chain. The other is at 12545 N. Meridian St. in Carmel.

Marco’s Pizza is taking 1,467 square feet at 7930 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 112. The Toledo, Ohio-based chain has at least 10 existing locations in the Indianapolis area.

Happy Kitchen and Sushi Bar is opening in Zionsville at 69 Boone Village in 2,484 square feet of space formerly occupied by China’s Best. Yan Guang Liang, the operator of both establishments, said he is unsure when the new eatery will open.

Firehouse Subs is taking 2,543 square feet of space formerly occupied by a Dunkin’ Donuts at 1607 N State St. in Greenfield. The location should be open by the end of November. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain has 11 existing locations in the Indianapolis area and will open another store, at 47 S. Illinois St., in space formerly occupied by Einstein Bros. Bagels, by the end of the month.

Erwin Pearl, a New York-based designer and manufacturer of fine and fashion jewelry, has opened a store in Concourse A at the Indianapolis International Airport.


  • New building
    What is being built at southwest corner of 71st and binford(formerly a shell gas station?
    • 71st and Binford
      I believe it's a Popeye's restaurant.
    • 38th lafayette Road
      Looks like a gas station (maybe Citgo based on the design) is being developed at the corner of 38th/Lafayette Road, where a check cashing place and a liquor store used to be. Hopefully this gas station doesn't become a troubled hotspot like the BP is at 38th/Illinois
    • new restaurant?
      Any info available on the new Ethiopian restaurant with an awning sign on Penn across from the Central Library? Space used to be Abby's Coffee Shop.
    • 65 and countyline Rd
      What's going in here next to the Hilton?
      • 65 and Countyline
        Isn't that where Cheddar's Casual Café is locating?
      • Nordstrom Space?
        There was a story in The Star yesterday that they had finalized the lease at the old Nordstrom space. ugh!
      • Crust Pizzeria Napoletana - Carmel
        Anyone know who is behind the recently opened Crust Pizzeria Napoletana on Old Meridian in Carmel?
      • Old Gas Station
        Someone posted a comment on here earlier that they are building some sort of cell-phone place on this site....Verizon? Been watching the construction...the only way it could be any shoddier is if they used paper mache.
      • Popeye's
        I wish!!!
      • Shoefly
        Scott, you always post great information on this blog, and it seems to me that the comments section is reserved for people to ask questions exclusively about properties you DIDN'T mention. In other words, you're a good sport. My addendum: Shoefly Public House has opened on 22nd & Delaware. And residents of Herron-Morton like me are THRILLED about it! Welcome, Shoefly!
      • 71st & Binford
        Unfortunately it appears to be a Verizon store :(
      • DQ
        What's going on with the DQ/Gas Station project on 91st and meridian?
      • Binford
        Speaking of 71st & binford, does anyone know anything about the market going in just west of there on 71st? In the old tacobell? I think it is called Ingredients?
      • 71st binford
        I think 71st and Binford looks like it could be a Verizon Store
      • Verizon
        It's Verizon store at 71st and Binford.
      • Verizon Store
        Verizon Store at 71st and Bindfor
      • Competition for Dick's
        The presence of Gander Mountain in Avon is going to give Dick's Sporting Goods some much-needed competition, especially as it relates to outdoor/hunting/fishing gear.
      • 71st
        It is a verizon wireless
      • 71st & Binford
        This is a free-standing Verizon Wireless store operated by franchisee Cellular Sales. Cellular Sales is based out of Tennessee.
      • CLINE 65
        • South Indy
          Bagger Dave's is up and running and we love it. Next door, Cheddar's Casual Cafe is built and signs are up but they aren't yet open for business.

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