Hobby Lobby plans move; Party City grows in Carmel; plus 4 new restaurants

April 27, 2010
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  • Compass roseHobby Lobby has filed plans to take over space now occupied by Ashley Furniture in Carmel. The furniture giant is in the final week of a liquidation sale. Its departurne will make way for the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby chain to relocate its Carmel store from 2206 E. 116th St. to the vacated space at 2003 E. Greyhound Pass. Hobby Lobby has four Indianapolis-area locations including Greenwood and Avon.
  • Party City plans to open a new store at Clay Terrace in Carmel. The 12,600-square-foot store will replace Three Chairs Co., which is closing, and Baker Furniture, which is considering a move to another space within the mall. Rockaway, N.J.-based Party City already has locations in Fishers, Indianapolis and Plainfield. The Carmel store is scheduled to open in July.
  • Agostino's Pizza has filed plans to open in a vacant building along Washington Street between Pennsylvania and Meridian streets. The restaurant will take 2,000 square feet at 42 E. Washington St., between Nia's Deli and Dunkin Donuts. It wasn't clear whether Agostino's will continue to operate a restaurant at 126 N. Delaware St.
  • Bombay Bites, a new vegetarian Indian restaurant, has opened along 82nd Street near Interstate 69. The restaurant, next to Skyline Chili in Castleton Village Plaza, is carryout-only until construction wraps up on a restroom.
  • Brothers Rotisserie is replacing a former Noble Roman's Pizza and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs location in Noblesville. The restaurant filed plans this month for about 2,000 square feet at 5643 Pebble Village Lane.
  • Jimmy John's has filed plans to open a new restaurant along 96th Street east of I-69. The restaurant will take about 2,500 square feet now occupied by Payless Shoe Source. No word yet whether Payless is looking at space nearby just vacated by Blockbuster.
  • Bachrach, the New York-based men's clothing chain, has closed its store at Castleton Square Mall in front of Borders. The retailer still has locations at The Fashion Mall and Hamilton Town Center.
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  • Not Carmel
    The Ashley store is in Westfield.
    • Jimmy Johns
      Finally a Jimmy Johns in Fishers!They are adding one at Olio Rd and 116th as well!
      • Seems odd
        Party City in Clay Terrace? That seems like a weird fit. I guess you take tenants when you can get them.
      • I Agree
        Party City does seem like an incredibly low end tenant for Clay Terrace. Then again, I've always felt it was incredibly stupid to build an "upscale" mall down the street from The Fashion Mall. The Indianapolis metro area has gone overboard on retail for the past decade. Hopefully this recession has taught us some lessons.
      • Italian
        Agostino's is a little gem. The best lasagna I have ever had. I hope he prospers at the new location. Very nice man too.
      • Big Lots next?
        Now that Simon has "landed" Party City at Clay Terrace can Big Lots be far behind? Oh well, at least it's not a topless bar. P.S. would the last tenant leaving Merchants Square, please turn off the lights!
      • also not westfield
        While the Hobby Lobby is "in Westfield" it actually will have a Carmel address.
      • Carmel vs Westfield
        The Ashley Furniture store has a Carmel address, so there is no mis-statement in the article. That area has long had identity issues, as much of it is physically located in Westfield but has a Carmel address. I think the USPS has been asked to fix this problem - not sure where they are with that.
      • either or
        Who gets the taxes? Carmel or Westfield? Westfield. Carmel is losing the business regardless of their mailing address and 146th Street is the boundary between Carmel and Westfield.

        Too bad to see Merchants Square is losing another business. With the construction and the new configuration of Keystone, Merchants Square is going to suffer.
      • Who writes a letter to a store?
        Westfield's taxing district is Washington Township (Hamilton Co.). This district has several mailing addresses, which includes Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville and others. There are Westfield addresses south of 146th. The USPS has sent out a survey to homes and businesses that are in these areas to see what they would like. If the majority of a separate area wants a change, the city name will change, but not the zip. So Village Park Plaza could become Westfield, 46033.
      • Don't fool with Simon
        Lets see.....Simon loses Ashleys because they won't come down on the rent. They then likely lower rent to grap a non Simon tenant. Anything new about Best Buy moving across the line to Carmel?
      • Not Westfield
        But is has a Carmel address, not Westfield
      • ?
        It seems like the place where Agostino's is going has posters up saying it will be an Ultimate Fighting Center. That would make for good lunch hour entertainment.
      • Responding to Josh
        Josh: Actually, the fighting center is one door to the east from where the restaurant is going. If it opens as planned, it would mean full (first-floor) occupancy for that block. Progress is progress ...
      • retail news
        Does anyone know the status of Houseworks? It appears they maybe going out of business. Their prices on furniture was always too high. Thats too bad they were a unique store that Indianapolis needs.
      • Houseworks
        Houseworks is having their yearly spring sale.....they are not going out of business.
      • Confused
        I do not understand how Party City can replace Three Chairs AND Baker Furniture. These two stores are not adjacent.
      • Always a fan
        I'm looking forward to it, too
      • Clay terrace
        I think Carmel it's one of the best cities in the us perhaps one of the best on the world but... There is nothing or not a whole lot to do around here besides expending money on the same restaurants stores or going to the same places it's ironic how much money this city has that you can run out of ideas to how entertain your family on a weekend we need less retails and more more more other options I hope some one gets the point, I do more shopping on line rather than going to over priced best buy or over priced formiture strore or over priced GNC thanks
      • Clay terrace
        I think Carmel it's one of the best cities in the us perhaps one of the best on the world but... There is nothing or not a whole lot to do around here besides expending money on the same restaurants stores or going to the same places it's ironic how much money this city has that you can run out of ideas to how entertain your family on a weekend we need less retails and more more more other options I hope some one gets the point, I do more shopping on line rather than going to over priced best buy or over priced formiture strore or over priced GNC thanks

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