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Nordstrom closing Circle Centre store

Nordstrom plans to close its store at Circle Centre mall, dealing a substantial setback for downtown. The Seattle-based chain was scheduled to announce the closure to employees at a mandatory staff meeting Thursday morning, a person familiar with the plans told IBJ.

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MainGate Inc. racks up revenue with NFL deals

When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 18, cheers could be heard at MainGate Inc.’s 7900 Rockville
Road headquarters. Predictably, Favre jerseys went flying off the shelves—about 6,000 in the first 72 hours—and
MainGate gets to keep a portion of those sales. The Vikings are one of six teams the Indianapolis-based merchandising
specialist has signed deals with in 2-1/2 years, making MainGate one of the biggest retail players in the goliath of professional
sports leagues.

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Circle Centre doing well except for 4th level

Excluding the fourth floor, Circle Centre mall’s 11th full year of operation was a big success. Profit in 2006 increased nearly
18 percent to $9.3 million, according to an annual report filed with the city. But on the top floor, abandoned bar stools
have now collected four years of dust in the former home of a nightclub complex.

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New Nordstrom an obstacle for fragile downtown mall

When Nordstrom in 1992 signed its lease to open in Circle Centre, mall developers extracted an unusual commitment. The Seattle company agreed not to open another Indianapolis-area store for at least five years. So when Nordstrom last month announced it will launch a second location here, in The Fashion Mall at Keystone, it caught the attention of Herman Renfro, a former Simon Property Group Inc. development executive who oversaw Circle Centre.

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