Athleta, the Gap-owned women's activewear retailer, plans to open its first Indiana location at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. The retailer has been chasing the fast-growing yoga specialist Lululemon, which opened a store at The Fashion Mall in July 2011. Athleta is taking about 4,000 square feet, presumably in a new bridge between the mall's west and east wings that replaced a dated food court with upscale shops. Athleta operates about 30 stores in the U.S., compared to more than 100 for Lululemon.
WB Pizza, a homegrown restaurant at 62nd Street and Allisonville Road, is adding a second location along 86th Street near Township Line Road. Owner Will Barnes is taking about 1,500 square feet and plans to open in January. Reported on @PropertyLines on Nov. 13: Follow.
Sabbatical, a homegrown small-plates restaurant from David Queisser, has taken over the former home of La Jolla on Broad Ripple Avenue. Menu offerings include quinoa polenta, seafood and chorizo torta, brie stuffed turkey meatballs, corned beef and kale slaw sliders, sweet potato truffle chips and Stella blue cheese dip. Tried it yet?
Blaze Modern BBQ, a new casual barbeque concept from Columbus, Ohio-based White Castle, plans to add the new concept to an existing White Castle restaurant along Emerson Avenue just south of Interstate 465 in Beech Grove. It's just the second location for Blaze, which "is lighting a fire under traditional BBQ" with pulled pork, beef brisket and pulled chicken that "won't hurt your budget." Blaze will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., while White Castle will remain open 24/7.
Earth Fare, the natural and organic grocery, has opened its store in the former Borders space in Hamilton Town Center. The chain is also building a store at 116th and Rangeline Road in Carmel in a center Kite Realty Group is revamping.
Cerulean, an "ingredient-driven" fine dining experience led by Indiana chef Caleb France, has opened at CityWay. Reported on @PropertyLines on Nov. 23.
Coal Pizza has closed after less than a year, continuing an unfortunate streak for the space at the northwest corner of Washington and Pennsylvania streets. Prior short-term tenants include Hue Dine and Taste of Tango.
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.