Consumer spending has been making a comeback, and big stores have been cropping up lately in Northwest Indiana's retail sector.
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.
HIGHLAND | A Yankee Candle store has opened in Highland Grove Shopping Center, 10335 Indianapolis Blvd., making it the 19th Indiana location for the scent retailer.
Mention New Buffalo, and Northwest Indiana residents think of summer days on the beach, gambling at Four Winds casino and burgers at Redamak's.
VALPARAISO | A resale shop geared toward young people is open now to buy clothes from consumers, in advance of the store's grand opening in late March.
MERRILLVILLE | Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores in Merrillville is opening a new location at 1916 E. 80th Ave., in Merrillville Plaza.
Business owners often grumble after the imposition of smoking bans, such as when the state forbade lighting up in restaurants and most other workplaces in 2012.
Locally, consumer spending saw a slight increase in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Although off to a slow start in 2014, the retail industry is expecting to see a strong first six months.
After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.
1st Source Corp., the parent company of 1st Source Bank, attained the highest profit in company history last year.
Peering through the glass of a vending machine could give people food for thought in the upcoming year or so, as government regulations will require calorie counts to be displayed.
SCHERERVILLE | A fast-growing fitness chain that targets people who do not belong to gyms will put its first Northwest Indiana health club in a former big-box store in Schererville.
LANSING | A south suburban staple is closing after three decades.
SCHERERVILLE | Sweetie's Shoppe sits at a wide part of a winding path that cuts through hills laden with spruces, pines and firs at Luers Christmas Tree Farm, where people pay to saw and take home a tree.
SCHERERVILLE | Hampton Inn & Suites marked its grand opening Thursday at 1904 U.S. 41.
Roy Krizek doesn't like the idea of spending Thanksgiving camped outside of a big box store.
VALPARAISO | A new soft pretzel shop is set to open Nov. 20 at 151 W. Lincolnway.
Economic development has been taking off in Northwest Indiana over the last two years, after a string of growing companies announced plans to invest millions of dollars and add dozens of jobs.
SCHERERVILLE | A furniture refinishing shop has scheduled a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at 358A U.S. 30.
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