Greek's Pizzeria is coming to downtown Carmel. The popular Muncie-based chain with restaurants in Broad Ripple, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, south Indy and downtown is taking about 2,000 square feet at 120 E. Main St., in the Carmel Cleaners building. The restaurant will take about two-thirds of the building, with the drycleaning operation remaining in the rest, said franchisee Josh Trisler. Trisler and his partners hope to open the restaurant in mid-April.
The Melting Pot has closed its restaurant in Greenwood. The fondue restaurant chain, which had operated the Greenwood location on State Road 135 since 2006, blamed "economic and financial reasons" for the closure. The Melting Pot restaurant at 86th Street and Allisonville Road remains open for business.
LA Fitness plans to build a new location in Noblesville. The 35,000-square-foot gym will join Kite's Stoney Creek Commons shopping center east of State Road 37 at Town and Country Boulevard. The building is planned for the southern edge of the center, next to Office Depot and HHGregg. The Lowe's-anchored center also includes restaurants including Chili's and Chick-Fil-A. The fitness chain has eight area gyms and is adding more.
Rue 21, the Pennsylvania-based fashion apparel retailer, plans to take 4,500 square feet in the Centre West shopping center between Lafayette Road and Interstate 65 in front of Walmart. The chain has existing stores in Brownsburg, Noblesville and Plainfield.
Napolese downtown at the 30 South Meridian building is hosting friends and family events this week and is scheduled for a soft public opening on Friday. An earlier blog mention is here.
Papa Roux has closed at City Market but continues to operate its flagship at 10th Street and Post Road.
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.