OshKosh B'gosh plans to open a 4,000 square foot store in the River Shops center next to The Fashion Mall at Keystone. The store is taking over the former Bear Creek and Sienna Amore spaces west of Bed Bath & Beyond (not Smith & Hawken as an earlier version of this post reported). It will be the first Indianapolis store for the children's clothier, which is part of Atlanta-based Carter's Inc. The chain does have a store at Edinburgh Premium Outlets.
Express is building out two new stores at Greenwood Park Mall. Coming-soon signs are up on the former Disney Store in the J.C. Penney hallway and between Von Maur and the food court. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain has stores at Castleton Square, Circle Centre, Hamilton Town Center and Clay Terrace.
Noble Roman's has closed its restaurant along 96th Street just east of Interstate 69. This was one of only a few old-school format Noble Roman's restaurants that still serve the original delicious deep dish. Property Lines knows of at least three that remain: 16th Street and Shadeland Avenue, Southport Road and Emerson Avenue, and 10th Street and Girls School Road. Eat up!
Majors Sports Cafe has closed its Carmel restaurant. The Minnesota-based chain of sports bars opened its first out-of-Minnesota location in 2007 in a former O'Charley's restaurant along 116th Street. A sign on the door says a seafood and sushi buffet is coming soon.
Longhorn Steakhouse has closed its location along 116th Street west of Keystone Avenue in Carmel. The chain, part of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants, is opening a new Longhorn location along 82nd Street in front of Castleton Square Mall.
Virginia Kay Doughnuts has filed plans to open on the eastside. The shop is planned for a 950-square-foot space at 420 S. Kitley Ave., a block north of English Avenue.
Golden Dragon, a carryout Chinese restaurant, plans to open next door to a Village Pantry shop at the corner of Crawfordsville and Country Club Road in Indianapolis. The restaurant is taking about 1,000 square feet.
Tri State Jewelers plans to open along Washington Street downtown. Signs are up in the windows and work has begun inside the building at 42 E. Washington St., a few doors down from Dunkin Donuts.
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013.
Schouten has been honored for investigative and enterprise reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten serves as secretary of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and is set to serve as the organization's president in 2016. He is treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, and a board member of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation.
He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.