Eddie Lampert took his first step toward rescuing Sears Holdings Corp. from bankruptcy with a $4.6 billion bid that would keep hundreds of stores open and preserve about 50,000 jobs.
Hamilton Town Center claims that the operator of the now-closed Irish-themed restaurant has reneged on an agreement to sell the valuable liquor, wine and beer permit back to the landlord.
The city of Columbus is partnering with Columbus Regional Hospital and the Heritage Fund/The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County on the $5.9 million purchase.
Jane Pauley Community Health Center plans to fill about a third of the space, which was vacated by defunct grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets in May 2017.
One complication is that Sears—not Simon Property Group—controls the Castleton Square space.
Stiffening competition, surging online advertising costs and cheap mall space have prompted web retailers like Warby Parker and Bonobos to open physical stores, including locations in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and other mall landlords actually might be looking forward to redeveloping Sears’ massive stores with more promising tenants as the once-mighty retailer enters bankruptcy.
Merrillville-based CSC Generation Holdings Inc., which acquired Bon-Ton’s intellectual property in bankruptcy court, said Indiana was not part of its initial plan to reopen stores.
The company said it was in “advanced discussions with landlords” about reopening stores in Indiana and several other states. Bon-Ton closed 15 stores in Indiana this year, including the Carson’s in Circle Centre mall.
City development officials said the plan should “respond to emerging challenges confronting the Castleton area, including evolving national shifts in commercial retailing and aging commercial, office and multifamily areas.”
The restaurant at Hamilton Town Center was supposed to reopen after a “refreshing,” but mall management confirmed the restaurant has permanently closed.
Mall landlords, besieged for the past two years by the rise of online shopping and retailer bankrupties, are trying to push a new narrative of improving sales and increased demand for empty space at their properties.
In Indiana, Brookstone has stores in Circle Centre mall and at Indianapolis International Airport.
Huse tells IBJ that Circle Centre needs “transformational” change and describes the company’s plans for two restaurants in Fishers.
Only about $3 billion of retail real estate changed hands in April, a 27 percent drop from a year earlier and the lowest monthly tally since February 2013.
The owner of Gifts and Convenience, a shop in the downtown Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel, is the new franchisee for the mall cookie and desert shop, which closed early this year after a lawsuit from the landlord.
The two-story location is one of 63 Sears that parent Sears Holdings announced Thursday were “non-profitable” and would be closing.
The commercial openings are part of the $1 billion Anson development, led by Indianapolis-based Duke Realty Corp.