An extended retail roundup

May 24, 2010
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  • Compass roseMonon Coffee, the popular Broad Ripple hangout, is opening a second shop downtown along Central Avenue just south of 25th Street. The shop will be part of Indy's Kitchen, a new concept featuring two full commercial kitchens available for rent, said owner William Powell. It is slated to open July 1. The 2,600-square-foot facility will share a building with City Yoga.
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning a new restaurant in Carmel. The 3,000-square-foot location is planned for along Greyhound Pass east of North Meridian Street. The Virginia-based chain already has six area locations in Indianapolis, Fishers and Noblesville.
  • K&G Fashion Superstore is taking over the former Circuit City store in Castleton. The 39,000-square-foot store at 5410 E. 82nd St. replaces a store adjacent to Target. K&G also has a store on East Washington Street.
  • Dunkin Donuts plans to open its first location in Shelbyville. The shop will be attached to a Marathon station in front of the Walmart at Interstate 74 and SR 44.
  • Heroes Pizza plans to open a 2,350-square-foot shop at 9655 U.S. Highway 36 in Avon.
  • Kings Beauty at 38th Street and Post Road is moving from a 9,800-square-foot space to the 21,500-square-foot former home of Office Depot. It will be the city's largest beauty supply store, says center owner Nassimi Realty.
  • Indy Cycle and Ski plans to open in a former furniture store on 87th Street near Interstate 69. The motorcycle and jetski showroom is taking 13,000 square feet.
  • Best Buy Mobile has replaced Lids Kids at Castleton Square Mall. The cell phone retailer is next door to Macy's.
  • Subway has opened in the food court of The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Two food-court vacancies remain.
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  • WHATS COMING ON 31 SOUTH
    JUST WONDERING WHAT IS GOING IN WHERE THE GRINDSTONE CHARLEYS WAS ON 31 ON THE SOUTHSIDE
  • Blinkley's at Geist
    I hear Blinkleys is opening a second resturant, called Blinkleys at Geist. It is taking over where the The Fox / Fireside grill had been/ Fox Rd and Oaklandon. Any confirmation?
  • Broad Ripple Wedding Photographer
    Megelaine Images, a boutique wedding photographer, recently moved into a portion of 6507 Ferguson St. in Broad Ripple, located just behind the Brewpub. The space is part Wedding Photojournalism Gallery and part viewing area for clients to see their pictures for the first time with family and friends.
  • Steakhouse
    Anyone know what's happening with BR Steakhouse? It has boarded up the front door, and caution tape on the rear patio entrance.
    • Old Grindstone Charleys location
      Indysouth...I think they are building a new barbeque place at the old Grindstone Charleys location. I just can't remember the name of the new place. Can you imagine another barbeque place down here.
      • WHATS COMING ON 31 SOUTH
        Not Another barbeque place we do not need any more. Thanks
        • WHATS COMING ON 31 SOUTH
          Wish they would put a red robin down here.
          • BR Steak
            Heard that owner owes taxes, etc. He's in trouble and gone, but I also heard that there's already a new tenant lined up and will be opening soon. Sorry, can't recall the details...
          • Broad Ripple Steakhouse?
            Dist, really? That's funny because I have an out of state client (ex-Hoosier) coming into town TOMORROW who is demanding we have dinner there. Boy, this doesn't bode well...
          • Five Guys
            Sure wish Five Guys would open downtown, on Mass Ave? There's no good burger place downtown, except for McD's but I said "good."
          • Five Guys
            That new store you referenced is in Westfield, not Carmel.
          • whats coming on 31 south
            It is a City Barbeque
          • Circle City Pizza
            It looks like the Circle City Pizza location on college ave is closed.
          • Glendale Town Center
            Looks like Pei Wei Asian Diner is coming to Indy an offshoot of PF Chang's.
            Cookie Cutter, a children's hair salon is also coming aboard.
          • The Avenue
            The Avenue a plus size woman store has reopened at 146th Keystone and Greyhound Pass in the Kohls shopping center. This store was formerly located at 116th Keystone in Merchants Square until it closed about 3 years ago.

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          1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

          2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

          3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

          4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

          5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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