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January 03, 2012

Maplewood Square nails down new tenant

A new business has nailed down a spot in the Maplewood Square shopping center in northwest Rochester.

Construction is under way to transform a 2,000-square-foot space there into a new nail salon.

0000950134-04-010237_C86519C8651900Its name is still a bit up in the air, but its owner, Linda Thai, hopes to call it Diamond Nails or something similar. She hopes to open her new shop by this spring.

This is not a new industry for Thai. She has worked at her husband's Rochester salon, Lucky Nails, for many years. That business is on South Broadway, where it re-located after being displaced by a fire in the Crossroads Plaza commercial center a few years ago.

"I've been in the business a long time," Thai says. "I really enjoy it. I'm expanding, because of the following I have from my loyal customers."

Look for her new shop to offer a full range of nail services.

Including herself, she expects to have about five people on staff when the salon opens.

Maplewood, which is owned by IRET and anchored by Hobby Lobby and Ashley Furniture, also has another new tenant building out space.

Signs recently went up for National American University, which hopes to offer classes there this spring. The South Dakota-based private university offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in health care and business. It has 34 campuses in the Midwest, with five in Minnesota.

If everything goes as planned, Rochester will be its first campus in Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities area.


They say the economy is in the dump but look at all the people getting their nails done, enough for a need to open more?

Rochester is not indicative of the rest of the U.S. We live in the Mayo Economic Bubble.

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