Business briefs


Construction begins on McAlister’s Deli

GREENFIELD – Ground has broken on new retail space in Greenfield that will be the future home of McAlister’s Deli.

ConsortiumCRE recently announced that the new construction of retail shops has broken ground at McKenzie Plaza, 1240 N. State St., Greenfield. The shops will feature a new entry to the market, McAlister’s Deli, taking 3,429 square feet. Paul Gold of Echo Retail represented the tenant in the transaction.

Meanwhile, Ace Hardware is nearing the date of its grand opening, taking about 18,000 square feet. The business is scheduled to open in February. Brett Burch of Valenti Real Estate Services represented the tenant; Keith W. Stark of ConsortiumCRE represented the landlord in both transactions.

Small business coaching class Jan. 31

GREENFIELD – A small business coaching series on creating a custom domain/URL will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The 90-minute event, hosted by the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature local entrepreneur Hart Summeier teaching an entry level class on how to create a custom domain/URL and establish a personalized email address. Cost is $5, while Google charges a one-time $12 fee for the domain name plus $6 per month. Participants should bring their own laptop. Email Melissa Ewald with questions at [email protected]. Register at

Megabus announces new routes out of Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Megabus, one of the largest bus companies in North America, recently announced a new partnership allowing expanded service options to Indianapolis.

The partnership, with Miller Transportation, will connect Indianapolis with 29 cities including Chicago, Nashville, Detroit, Gary and South Bend. Schedules are available and tickets can be purchased for travel beginning this week at

Money management workshops coming up

GREENFIELD – “Where Does Your Money Go?” will be the topic of a four-part workshop coming up in March.

Purdue Extension Hancock County will host the workshops March 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 6-7 p.m. each evening. The office is located at 972 E. Park Ave., Greenfield.

The program is free, but registration is required. Register online at For more, call 317-462-1113 or email [email protected].

Building permits down in 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) announced that Central Indiana’s nine-county area experienced an overall decrease in homebuilding permit activity in 2022 which will begin to stabilize in 2023.

Central Indiana issued 7,992 total permits in 2022, with 385 issued in December.

Despite overall lower permit numbers in 2022, builders were busy completing projects throughout the area and remain optimistic about the next few years, according to a press release.

Hancock County issued 935 permits in 2022, according to the association, down from 1,235 in 2021, according to BAGI.