Around town retail round-up

Several retail nuggets to peruse today:
Reis-Nichols plans to add 2,000 square feet to its Greenwood store by taking over the former Steve’s Flowers & Gifts space. The $500,000 project is slated to…

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Around town retail roundup

Loads of retail news to report today:
UPDATE: The Taste of Tango restaurant may be back on track. A sign on the door says the restaurant is “coming soon” and “now hiring.” Old…

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Tough economy touching all industries, but some are hurting more than others

Stock markets are falling, jobs are disappearing, and the outlook for the economy seems grim. Banks, real estate developers,
retailers and manufacturers are taking the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana are hurting. From health
care to technology, education to philanthropy, every industry is trying to take the setbacks in stride.

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City, BW3 reach deal

The owners of downtown’s new BW3 and city planners have reached agreement on a new design. Changes shown in the rendering below include new lighting fixtures and removal of yellow “highlights” behind them, along with removal of black-and-white checkers on…

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Watch out, King David

A California chain called Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom plans to open a new store in Circle Centre Mall. The restaurant calls itself “Home of the Haut Dog” and serves gourmet…

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BW3 proposes calmer look

The back-and-forth continues between city planners and the developer of a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant along Washington Street downtown. Franchise owner Pete Watson has offered to tone down the facade a bit, offering this picture:

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Popular Crawfords bakery closing

Crawfords Bakery & Deli is closing its retail bakery at 16th Street and Capital Avenue across from Methodist Hospital. The local company, established in 1981, will continue operating a 25,000-square-foot wholesale…

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Independent coffee shops feeling perkier than Starbucks

At a time when Starbucks is closing hundreds of stores nationwide, he and other local independent coffeehouse owners say they’re doing just fine, largely because they’re infusing their stores with personality and offering consumers an experience chain stores can’t replicate.

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10 local Starbucks will be among 600 nationwide closings

At least 10 local Starbucks stores are slated to close by early next year as part of a 600-store nationwide purge. The chain
has named only 50 of the stores it plans to close, including two in Indiana, but it has notified the others. Those include
at least six in Indianapolis and stores in Carmel, Greenwood and Beech Grove.

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Ailing Steak n Shake rehires ad agency, but will pact stick?

Local advertising powerhouse Young & Laramore signed a new contract with Steak n Shake, one of its flagship clients, just
two weeks ago, but ad industry observers can’t help but wonder if the 18-year-old relationship is about to run its course.
Before the ink on the contract was dry, the struggling hamburger chain had a new board chairman who is likely to shuffle Steak
n Shake’s executive suite and take the company in a new direction.

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