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First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

First Federal branches are now officially Peoples Bank locations

HAMMOND | An immigrant saloon-keeper who had the neighborhood's only safe in his dance hall founded Peoples Bank in East Chicago in 1910, when the shining new steel mills brought in thousands of new residents, mostly from eastern and southern Europe.

July 28, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Local food blending company gains investors

Local food blending company gains investors

Necessity was the mother of invention for one local mother. When their feeding tube-fed son AJ could not keep down eight types of formula, Chesterton parents Julie and Tony Bombacino looked to the Internet for help.

July 27, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Whole Foods breaks ground in Schererville, eyes Valpo

Whole Foods breaks ground in Schererville, eyes Valpo

SCHERERVILLE | The fast-growing Whole Foods Market will open a Schererville store next year, and has Valparaiso on its radar for a future location.

July 24, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

Gift shop pickup site near Jackson home to open in August

GARY | A merchandise pickup site next to Michael Jackson's childhood home is set to open the weekend of what would have been the pop star's 56th birthday.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Munster Stracks slated for grand reopening

MUNSTER | Strack & Van Til is planning a grand reopening for its new-look supermarket in Munster, which just underwent a multimillion dollar renovation.

July 21, 2014 5:08 pm

Strack & Van Til has rolled out produce markets

Strack & Van Til has rolled out produce markets

Hungry for fresh, locally grown produce?

July 20, 2014 7:30 pm

Books-A-Million closes its Southlake Mall store, will relocate

Books-A-Million closes its Southlake Mall store, will relocate

HOBART | Lake County is without a large chain bookstore for the first time in years, but readers shouldn't fret – the next chapter is a relocation.

July 18, 2014 4:56 pm

New lawsuits in fight over cold beer sales

INDIANAPOLIS | A coalition of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations is heading back to court hoping to overturn a state law that gives package liquor stores the exclusive right to sell cold beer.

July 15, 2014 5:30 pm

DirectBuy franchisees say ad fees crushed them

DirectBuy franchisees say ad fees crushed them

MERRILLVILLE | Consumer buying club DirectBuy has shrunk over the past few years from a height of more than 160 locations in the United States and Canada to about 100 today.

July 12, 2014 10:00 pm

DirectBuy reboot: Leaders reinventing challenged company

DirectBuy reboot: Leaders reinventing challenged company

MERRILLVILLE | Mike Bornhorst, a seasoned corporate executive who bootstrapped his way up from selling ADT security systems door to door to becoming the de facto North American chief operating officer of Culligan International, couldn't belie…

July 12, 2014 8:21 pm Photos

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New Fair Oaks restaurant takes farm-to-table to the extreme

New Fair Oaks restaurant takes farm-to-table to the extreme

Farm-to-table is a pretty popular concept these days, and a new restaurant takes it about as far as it can go, growing and raising almost all its food right outside.

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm

Comcast closing Valparaiso office

Comcast cable subscribers in Valparaiso will soon be out of luck if they want to visit a physical store.

July 09, 2014 4:30 pm

Gayety's files for bankruptcy; stores to remain open

Gayety's files for bankruptcy; stores to remain open

A locally beloved and nationally renowned chocolate shop and ice cream parlor that's been around since 1920 has filed for bankruptcy.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm

New retail trend races into Schererville

New retail trend races into Schererville

SCHERERVILLE | Northwest Indiana's hot new boutique was like the mythical village Brigadoon: here today, gone tomorrow.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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New Pier 1 store docks in Schererville

Land-lubbers around the region can now get their hands on the latest imports without going anywhere near Northwest Indiana's international port.

July 02, 2014 11:30 am

Strack & Van Til rolls out specially made carts for disabled children

Strack & Van Til rolls out specially made carts for disabled children

A stay-at-home mom in suburban Birmingham, Ala., realized she faced a problem when her disabled daughter, Caroline, outgrew the shopping carts at the local stores where she shopped.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Fashion truck to roll into Schererville

Eating gourmet grub from food trucks is old hat – there's even a Hollywood movie about it now.

July 01, 2014 2:19 pm

Mayor addresses Cal City Chamber of Commerce

Well, I went to my first Calumet City Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting last week. It was at the council chambers of City Hall. I was invited by Cal City’s economic development chief Brian Swanson.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am

South Holland changes retail hours on Sundays

SOUTH HOLLAND | There once was a time in South Holland when businesses of all types were closed on Sunday.

June 17, 2014 4:15 pm

Little Italty restaurant reopens after fire

Little Italty restaurant reopens after fire

DYER | A regular diner popped into the Little Italy restaurant in Dyer on Friday morning – only he was clad in his firefighting gear instead of dressed up for a night on the town.

June 14, 2014 6:20 pm

Strack & Van Til president/CEO to retire

Strack & Van Til president/CEO to retire

HIGHLAND | A fixture in the local business community is retiring. 

June 13, 2014 2:30 pm

Noodles & Company to open Schererville restaurant

Region residents will able to embark on a world pasta tour in a Schererville strip mall when Noodles & Company opens its latest location next week.

June 12, 2014 10:00 am

New Super Wal-Mart rises from old Sam's Club

LANSING | There are still traces of the old Sam’s Club warehouse store that existed on Torrence Avenue just south of Interstate 80, yet village officials said the beginnings of the new Super Wal-Mart structure that will replace it are now in place.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

New owner takes over Michigan Center retail center

An Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm has bought the Lake Park Plaza shopping center in Michigan City and is looking to lease out nearly 25,000 square feet in vacant space.

June 06, 2014 7:00 pm

Matteson looking for Lincoln Mall shopping center buyer

MATTESON | The village is looking for a company willing to buy the Lincoln Mall shopping center and make needed repairs to revitalize it into an economically sound retail business.

June 04, 2014 4:00 pm

Biking ramps up in region

Biking ramps up in region

HIGHLAND | Jeff Herak pulled a zippered bag off a back wall display rack and demonstrated how it slides on the back of a bicycle.

May 30, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Gas prices jump to nearly $4 a gallon

Gas prices jump to nearly $4 a gallon

Many Northwest Indiana residents are complaining gas prices are too high after they raced to nearly $4 a gallon.

May 30, 2014 4:00 pm

Local craft beer, 'wow' food items added to bigger Steel Yard menu

Local craft beer, 'wow' food items added to bigger Steel Yard menu

GARY | Last season, the U.S. Steel Yard had the same basic concessions as pretty much every ballpark: hot dogs, pizza, nachos and light domestic beer.

May 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Carrabba's Italian Grill to come to Schererville

SCHERERVILLE | A popular sit-down chain restaurant with a wood-burning grill will bring a new take on Italian food to Schererville.

May 16, 2014 12:00 pm

Charter Fitness opens in Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | A new Charter Fitness gym center has opened at 6055 Broadway, near West 61st Avenue.

May 14, 2014 12:00 pm

Indiana investment regulator urges caution on virtual currencies

Indiana investment regulator urges caution on virtual currencies

INDIANAPOLIS | Despite increasing merchant acceptance of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, Indiana's securities regulatory agency is advising Hoosiers to be wary of the new digital forms of money.

May 12, 2014 5:00 pm Related

Ex-NFL player's gym chain faces foreclosures, customer complaints

Ex-NFL player's gym chain faces foreclosures, customer complaints

A bank is foreclosing on two of an ex-NFL player's gyms, and customers are fuming over the closure of one of the health clubs.

May 10, 2014 3:45 pm Photos

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DirectBuy shutters its flagship M'ville showroom

MERRILLVILLE | The flagship showroom of a 43-year-old Northwest Indiana business that once had 167 locations throughout North America has closed.

May 02, 2014 2:55 pm

Remodeled Aldi to reopen in Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | Low-price grocery store Aldi plans to soon reopen its newly remodeled Merrillville location at 10 W. 81st Ave. 

April 30, 2014 11:00 am

NWI STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Clothing line hopes to capture region pride

NWI STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Clothing line hopes to capture region pride

The factories might be rusting, the politicians might be facing indictments, and the pierogi might be pretty fattening, but region residents still tend to take pride in where they are from.

April 26, 2014 6:30 am

Mortgage slowdown pinches Horizon's earnings

Horizon Bancorp's earnings shrank by 35 percent during the first quarter, as a result of a slowdown in residential mortgage lending.

April 23, 2014 2:01 pm

Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers

Health-conscious consumers demanding more from local food producers

From lowering sodium and cutting fat to adjusting recipes to exclude gluten, region food producers are trying to keep up with the evolving dietary demands of their customers.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bank redevelopment project wins approval

A redevelopment project that would bring a Centier Bank branch to downtown Gary has gained ground.

April 19, 2014 11:30 am

New owners buy Sears Outlet Store in Portage

PORTAGE | A trio of brothers from Downers Grove have bought the Sears Outlet Store in Portage. Brothers Mike, Rick and Dan Gilbert acquired the outlet store – which sells overstock and discontinued items at discounted prices – at 6169 U.S. …

April 15, 2014 10:57 am

Construction is picking up, projected to grow

Construction is picking up, projected to grow

U.S. construction recently hit its highest point in five years, and was up 9.3 percent in January as the sector rebounds at a faster pace.

April 13, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Gary State Bank project will come back for another vote

GARY | A $2.5 million project aimed at bringing a bank back to downtown Gary faced a setback last week, but is still going forward.

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Find a deal at The Times Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale

Looking for bargains on kids clothes, housewares, collectibles, glassware or furniture? 

April 11, 2014 6:00 am

Pet supply store to open in Portage

PORTAGE | Pet Supplies Plus is set to have its grand opening Saturday at 6030 Central Ave.

April 08, 2014 9:30 am

Peoples Bank completes purchase of First Federal

Two longtime Northwest Indiana community banks have officially merged.

April 02, 2014 2:56 pm

Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

Stracks renovating Munster supermarket, bulking up organics

Strack & Van Til, the largest local grocery chain, is pursuing a major multimillion-dollar renovation of its Munster supermarket.

March 28, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Gordmans opens at Shops on Main in Schererville

Gordmans opens at Shops on Main in Schererville

Munster resident Linda Brady was impressed with the wide selection of clothes and home decor when she visited a Gordmans store in Valparaiso.

March 20, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Consumer spending picks up as new stores open

Consumer spending picks up as new stores open

Consumer spending has been making a comeback, and big stores have been cropping up lately in Northwest Indiana's retail sector.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New owner plans major renovation at downtown Gary tower

GARY | A new owner is planning a $2.5 million renovation to a century-old tower to bring a bank back to downtown Gary for the first time in six years.

March 07, 2014 5:30 am
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