Simon malls, Kroger store among weather closings

January 6, 2014
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Monday encouraged local businesses to remain closed another day.

He tweeted, “Severe cold still a concern, -40 w/wind chill. We encourage schools & businesses to remain closed through Tues."

Here's a rundown of some of the restaurant and store closings:

• All Simon malls in the area are now closed for the day. The closings include Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, Clay Terrace in Carmel, Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, in addtiion to The Fashion Mall, Circle Centre, Castleton Square and Washington Square malls in Indianapolis.

• The Kroger at 4202 S. East St. is closed, while the store at 5325 E. Thompson Road is open; however, the pharmacy is closed. The store at 71st Street and Binford Boulevard is open but operating on a generator.

Kroger distribution centers are running about 24 hours behind in restocking stores primarily because employees are unable to make it to work, company spokesman John Elliott said. The company is encouraging employees to decide whether to report to work "based on protecting their personal safety and their individual commute situation," he said in an email.

Among the restaurant closings:

• All Patachou and City Barbeque locations

• Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville

• Scotty’s Brewhouse locations are closed for lunch.

• Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co. is closed with Tueday's hours to be determined.

Other closings:

• Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville and the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis will remain closed Monday. The three facilities owned by Cetaur Gaming should reopen at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

• Bill Estes Chevrolet and Tom Wood dealerships

• All Goodwill stores


  • closing Indianapolis
    Never heard anything like this. A mayor of a significant city asking everybody to close it down for two days. Where do we get a quart of milk or a meatball sandwich to eat for dinner? Where I grew up, this guy would be voted out of office at the next election.
    • Stop your Whining!
      William: Would love to know where you're from because it sounds like a place that's possibly north of the US border. This mayor made the best decision which he should have made hours earlier. The snow crews did a great job even while navigating thru all the idiots that were out for unneccesary trips. I would have stayed home except my daughter needed to have a prescription filled for an intestinal ailment that needed immediate treatment. If the best you can come up with is a meatball sandwich, perhaps you should try being nicer to your neighbors who might invite you over for dinner if you were unwise enough to not heed the advance warnings from the weather forecasts. I am sure you would have had something to eat in your abode wheteher it was ramen noodles, cereal or bullion. Next time better to be safe than sorry!
    • Safety is more important than a meetball sandwich
      We all love the luxuries we have in the city but it's not worth a 10-car pileup. The more encouragement you give to people to go out of their homes the more tragedies there would be. The Mayor had other people in mind and not big business forcing people to try to drive in questionable conditions, or a midnight snack for the hungry. Everyone can take a day or two and stay in their homes and relax, catch up on some cleaning, or spend some real time with the family. It wont hurt you for 2 days. I would hope you would have food for that amount of time.
    • priorities
      Can you imagine putting the safety of people ahead of access to a meatball sandwich? Malarkey I say. What's this world coming to when I can be inconvenienced just for the sake of a few lives. If this continues I'm moving to Puerto Rico.
    • Safety?
      If the City was concerned about safety they'd work to get everyone to clear their sidewalks so that pedestrians don't have to walk in the street for the next couple weeks and hope to not be run over. And, on the topic of clearing the streets, where's the salt? Obviously, they've been plowing, but what's with no salt on the arterials? The major streets could be clear if they had dropped any salt. Can we not afford salt anymore?
    • How Salt Works
      I'm a bit tired of people blaming the city and pointing fingers at the road clearing crews using the phrase "where's the salt?" Here's a bit of information so you can stop being ignorant. Salt on roadways is only effective to around 20°F at which temperature it will take approximately 20 minutes to begin to melt ice. At 10°F or below it is useless as a melting agent. With temperatures the last 48 hours staying well below 0°F there is no way to melt the ice with salt. Today should see a marked improvement in the roadways as temperatures are supposed to rise to 25+°F. Source: US Road Management Journal December 1, 1997.
    • How Plowing Works
      I'm tired of people making excuses for the City's lousy snow removal. If salt was ineffective on Monday and Tuesday, then the plows should have been removing snow. No excuses. There were two days of light traffic, so commuters can't be blamed. The City did a lousy job with last week's snow removal as well. And all we get are arrogant responses from the DPW Director. I live on a major street, and the trucks plowed three feet from the curbs. And there were very few cars parked on the street during the storm. There definitely aren't any parked on the street now, because it's impossible to park on the street. Three days after the storm.
      • Hamilton county, heated streets?
        I drive from 71st & Ditch to work in Westfield. 71st street is pretty clear and no other road has been touched till I cross 96th. Even with the below zero cold and the fast snowfall and all the fields drifting it's mostly black pavement from 96th to Hwy 32. Is Carmel the land of traffic circles and heated streets? OK, I understand there are far more roads to cover in the city but they had 3 days of little traffic that should have been a head start. 4 days later the main roads have not been touched and I have not seen one plow. I spent 45 min last night at 96th and Ditch while cars were stuck at the intersection. This morning it was the same thing but I was close enough to see what the problem was. I got out of my car and pushed the poor stuck guy. Not one "helpful Hoosier" got out to help. I'm a overweight 53 year old woman! Had one other person helped maybe we could have got the guy on his way instead of just out of the way. I am withholding the choice words I have for the guy who started honking at me for blocking his exit from the Speedway once I cleared the road of the stuck driver. I am also withholding my choice words for this city's poor almost non-existent snow removal. Ahhh the great Indy-Plowasaurus, wiped out by a 3 day ice age. Hey Hoosiers, how about you get off your lazy butts and help each other out. Sitting in your warm car texting to the world how mad and inconvenienced you are doesn't get you moving any faster. You may need the push next time.

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