Flea market moving into former home of Sport Bowl

June 23, 2010
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Circle City Flea MarketA flea market is taking over the former Sport Bowl at 3900 S. East St. on the south side. Circle City Flea Market has filed plans to take 15,000 square feet in the former bowling alley, a south-side institution for 67 years that closed in May 2008. The 32-lane bowling alley had struggled since locally based Royal Pin bought it from the Brehob family in 2006. It wasn't clear whether Circle City Flea Market will close its existing, 75,000-square-foot facility across the street, at 3825 S. East St. A phone number at the year-round garage sale was disconnected. Elsewhere:

  • Fuzziwigs Candy Factory plans to open its first Indianapolis-area store in a 1,300-square-foot space at Hamilton Town Center. The Colorado-based chain also has a store in Michigan City, Ind. The shops feature more than 400 varieties of candy, along with specialty toys.
  • Monical's Pizza is opening a new restaurant in Lawrence at the Indian Creek Shopping Center at 10625 Pendleton Pike. The chain has three Indianapolis locations and restaurants in Avon, Fishers, Carmel and Greenwood.
  • Panda Express plans to open a 2,100-square-foot restaurant in a shopping center along West 11th Street near the IUPUI campus. The restaurant at 645 W. 11th St. would be in the same center as a Starbucks.
  • Aldi plans to build a new 19,000-square-foot store at Madison and Troy avenues. The store likely will replace an existing store about a mile away at 925 E. Hanna Ave.
  • Firestone Auto Care is building a new shop in a Target-anchored center along 116th Street in Fishers. The shop is between O'Charley's and Lifestyle Family Fitness.
  • Crown Liquor
    Panda Express must be taking part of the old Hollywood Video. Buy Rite (Crown Liquor) has also filed a liquor license transfer for part of that space:


    Nitpicking: 11th St. is now called Oscar Robertson Blvd. in front of Crispus Attucks.
  • RE: Nitpicking
    I'm not 100% sure (maybe 95%), but I think that was done as a Memorial Way resolution, so it's not an official name change. The signs may seem that way, but there's a difference in process and recognition between the two.
  • Hollywood Video
    As a resident of Ransom Place I was VERY excited to hear this Panda Express news, but I think a liquor store is a horrible idea. We already have a lot of shady people cutting through the neighborhood to get to the Dollar Store.
  • Ransom Place
    I too live in Ransom Place Kate. I am just wondering exactly who are the "shady people" shopping at Family Dollar? Can you give a description? Are you are referring to people who drive or walk?

    This is the 2nd disparaging comment I've heard recently from relatively new residents about shady or not the right type of people in Ransom Place. I dare say, the person you are demeaning has probably lived in the area for many years. One of the greatest strengths of the area is its diversity.
  • I agree
    Susan, I've been meaning to comment about that as well. To often people want their neighborhoods to become a gentrified "Fishers" in the heart of the city. Diversity is what makes like interesting. Rich, poor, black, white, I don't care who walks through my neighborhood. Sidewalks are for walking.
  • Shady...
    I to am a resident of Ransom Place...why is that one can not leave porch furniture out or bikes locked to your porch with out them getting stolen? The foot traffic coming from the area north of 10th/11th is somewhat suspect at times....look at the police runs under 911 calls on indystar.com
  • city living
    The reason you cannot leave porch furniture or bicycles out is because you live in the city!!! We have never had a problem with people stealing our porch furniture which stays out year round. We in Ransom Place are not immune to petty crime; residents in Broad Ripple complain all of the time about similar issues. It's called CITY LIVING! Bet you the statistics are similar for all downtown city neighborhoods. How do you know specifically where the people live who steal? I see people in trucks driving through the alley salvaging frequently. Am sure they don't live nearby. Do you personally know any of the residents of the Flanner House Homes? Why do you consider these people suspect? Or how many of your neighbors you know? Finally the city's streets belong to all residents. If you are uncomfortable with people walking in your neighborhood then I suggest you consider moving to a gated community.

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