Did you know the first Marsh opened in 1922 in North Salem, IN? | Photo by INDYtoday team
At the height of their reign in the early 1990s, Marsh Supermarketsstaked claim to 30% of the Indianapolis market and employed more than 4,000 Hoosiers in Indy alone. The old one-stop-shopping spot had everything from groceries, to a pharmacy, to video rentals (remember when those were a thing?) and it also stocked regional faves like Roselyn Bakery goods.
Although the supermarkets dominated the state for years, the company went out of business in2017, due to an increasing amount of competition from chains like Kroger and Meijer. Now, they’re either being re-purposed, demolished, or gathering dust across the Indy area.
Here are some of the ways central Indiana has moved on from the bygone business.
📚 A library
While its current location was being renovated, Carmel Clay Public Librarybooked it over to the former Marsh location at 2140 E. 116th St. Where you could once find milk and cheese, you were able to find the latest fiction and audiobooks lined the cooler section. The location now has plans to become Academy Sports + Outdoors.
In spring 2021, NEXUS Noblesville broke ground on a $52.8 million residential and office project on the grounds of a former Marsh Supermarket at State Road 32 and River Road. It officially opened last summer and currently has one- and two-bedroom pet-friendly apartments available for rent.
🏁 A motorsports headquarters
Just last week, it was announced that HMD Motorsports, which competes in the IndyCar series, would be racing over to the former Marsh in Brownsburg to move into its new headquarters. The 65,000-sqft building — vacant since 2017 — will be renovated with an expected move-in date this summer.
At this time, more than 50% of the vacant Marsh’s have been transformed to serve other purposes. In an interview with FOX59, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield Bill French said that he expects only two or three will remain vacant by the end of the year in the Indy area.
As far as we know, there still are no plans for the former Marsh in Greenwood (2904 S. State Road 135). We’re curious: what would you do with the space?Let us know below.
Give us your ideas for the former Marsh location in Greenwood.
Queer + Trans Climbing Night | Monday, Jan. 23-Monday, June 12 | Times vary | North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis | Pay what you can | Come meet up with other individuals from the queer and trans community to climb, hang out, and hold discussions every second and fourth Monday of the month.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Tuesday, Jan. 24-Wednesday, Feb. 8 | Times vary | Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $9-$214 | See if the Pacers can continue to defy season predictions.
Thursday, Jan. 26
Real Estate Trends 2023 | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 3:30-6:45 p.m. | Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis | $25-$105 | Explore best bets for investment and development with local and national industry leaders.
Friday, Jan. 27
Creative Mornings: Jingo M. de la Rosa | Friday, Jan. 27 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Listen to Jingo talk about his process and initiatives, such as the Indy chapter of Urban Sketchers.
Lawrence hopes to address the high crash rate in the Pendleton Pike corridor. According to INDOT, angle crashes, which occur when a car hits the side of another car, account for 45% of all crashes in that area. Proposals include medians to curb left turns and a reconfigured intersection. 🚗 (WISH)
Several high dollar houses were sold in 2022, with all of them together totaling $35 million. Coming in as the most expensive home was the Linden House at $14.5 million, followed by a $9 million Carmel estate, and Indy’s $4.1 million Crows Nest. Learn about the other two. 🏡 (IndyStar)
$280,000. That’s how much grant money the National Endowment for the Arts awarded to 15 nonprofit arts organizations across the state. This will be the first round of fiscal2023 grants to give Hoosier communities an opportunity “to live more artful lives.” See the list. 🎨 (Inside Indiana Business)
Drum roll, please. According to IMDB, the most filmed location in Indiana is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Believe it or not, 12 movies have filmed there, including “Speedway” (1929) and “An American Romance” (1944). Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward even stopped by to film “Winning” (1969). 🎥 (FOX59)
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