T-Mobile taking prime corner

May 26, 2009
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flagstar.jpgT-Mobile has inked a five-year lease for a 2,200-square-foot space at the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets. The store will be a corporate-owned "playground" store, a new concept designed by some of the same people who worked on Apple's distinctive stores, T-Mobilesaid Midland Atlantic broker Nick Wright, who represented the landlord in the deal. The shop will feature several tables with laptops, an "answers" desk and cushy chairs. The prime space at 2 N. Meridian St. has been without a full-time tenant since Flagstar Bank moved out in February 2008. Several restaurants including McAlister’s and McDonald’s and athletic retailer Foot Locker had considered the first floor of the building, which is owned by a group that includes local businessman John Goodman. T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, hopes to open the store this summer.
  • Would rather have seen McAllisters......
  • Eh, I like the concept of this. Let's hope the actual store looks fresh. :)
  • Mike I agree I would have loved to a McAllisters over and T-Mobile. People can go to any mall and see 5 T-Moblie stores.
  • I just see a MaCallisters as being more of a long time business there. I give the T-Mobile store 4 years before either being bought out by another company and consolidation of storefronts occurrs, or not enough foot traffic and they just shut down - then we are at square one. I know it's a 5 -year lease, but they will just let it sit vacant for a full year before it is up.
  • They could have made it an AT & T location so at least I can pay my home phone bill there. (lol)
  • mmm...McAllisters...or a McDonalds...

    didn't the McD's in the Hyatt go out?
  • Personal preferences aside, it looks to be a well-designed storefront, which is the least one should expect of a business downtown.

    Diversity of service indicates a healthy city and the truth is, downtown Indy is long on restaurants but comes up short in many commercial areas. This T-Mobile shop helps tip those scales a bit and I'd say that's a positive.
  • Agree 100% with Ablerock. It's not like there aren't enough restaurants downtown.
  • Agreed, Ablerock!
  • I, for one, would have liked to see a Quiznos or at the very least a tanning salon. Why can't those greedy developers and corporations do something good for once?
  • You're right it does have a lot of restaurants. But it lacks certain price points where you can go and sit down with a group and get a decent priced meal for under 9 dollars without it being a sub store. It's either the small shops like Enzos, Georgios, Subway, Pita Pit, King Davids Dogs, Qdoba, TaTa Cuban Cafe (all of which are small and/or designed for take out) then it jumps to Champps, Rock Bottom, Scotty's Adobe Grill, Weber, RAM, Alcatraz, Hard Rock, Buca, etc. All with prices of usually $10-11 minimum for the meal without drink and tax.

    Just not a lot of variety in the pricing of the dining options. King David dogs was a nice new addition though thats different.

    Also, there is a Quiznos on the circle about a block and half away, Hank.
  • Wish it was an apple store, I hate going up to Keystone. I'm ok with the T-Mobile store, just bummed it won't be a retailer I could actively use.
  • I was kind of thinking Applebee's or a Pier One...or the new world headquarters for Property Lines.
  • Borders could have took that smaller space to cut back on rent since they have cut down on inventory and then they could have sublet their old space to Pier One ot Crate and Barrel thus two spaces would be filled at once.
  • Great Thinking and I like your Spirit!
  • Ablerock is absolutely correct.
  • MikeW, I think there's a sit-down dining option with the price point you're seeking at the SE corner of Delaware & New York.
  • If your're thinking of the Wheeler Mission, thats not a funny joke.
  • Bourbon Street Distillery (Vermont and Indiana), Elbow Room (Penn and North), Abbey Coffeehouse (Penn and 9th), Front Page (Mass and NY), Yats (Mass and Walnut), Datsa (Penn and 9th), City Cafe (Penn and Mich).

    All of those places are sit-down restaurants with most of their sandwiches and entrees for under $10. And that's just what I could think of just off the top of my head.
  • With the exception of Distillery - which has long waits at lunch and Elbow room. A lot of those places are not easily able to be walked to within the hour time frame of lunch to get food grab it and go within that hour. Those are all great pricepoints for after dinner or if you have an extended lunch. Haven't been to Datsa - thanks for the suggestion.
  • Cafe Zuppa is a new restaurant opening beginning of June at 320 N. Meridian (Formerly Gabriels). Will serve breakfast and lunch (soups, sandwiches, salads, mini desserts, etc) and rumor has it, eventually beer and wine.
  • Ralph's great divide is always great, and I think lunch would be under $10. It is on Ohio street? You know, over there (waving and pointing). Someone help me!
  • While we're talking about downtown, I noticed that Simon has filed plans for a Panera Bread at 40 W. Maryland, which is the current location of Palomino. Any ideas of what's up with this? Is the restaurant closing down or relocating?
  • Huh. I thought it was funny. Especially since there are tons of places you can sit down with a meal for under $9 downtown.

    Ralph's is on New York & Davidson. Not many people are going to walk there from the Mile Square. There's a lot of tree branches and shrubs and things that obstruct the sidewalk since most property owners don't take on this responsibility and the City doesn't enforce its ordinance that would require such obligation. But fret not! There's plenty of convenient parking on and off street, so why worry about the walk?
  • Once again Property Lines comments digresses into lunch spot conversation...
  • Travis,

    I believe 40 W Maryland is the address for the mall space. So that restaurant could be anywhere in the mall.
  • Palomino is staying put.........the generic address for Circle Centre is 49 W. Maryland. Panera is going in where Old Navy used to be, in the Embassy Suites wing.
  • T-Mobile is now open!! Amazing build-out time!!

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