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February 13, 2014

Chiropractor to expand former gas station into new clinic

A longtime Rochester chiropractic clinic has acquired a former gas station with plans to renovate and expand it into a new home.

Dr. Todd and Shelly Buchanan, who own and operate Northgate Chiropractic, bought the empty ex-Super America station at 600 11th Ave. N.W. at the end of January. The building is near the clinic's current home in the Northgate Shopping Center at 1204 Seventh St. N.W.

Northgatechiro"We plan to expand it by 1,000 feet. It already has 1,000 feet of space more than we have now," says Shelly Buchanan. "We wanted to be able to do more for our patients than we can now."

The plan is to begin construction in May with a goal of opening in the new location by late August or early September. Rochester contractor Alvin E. Benike Inc. is slated to do the work.

When completed, the new clinic will feature four treatment rooms as well as new equipment , including a motion x-ray machine and a decompression table. Northgate has two chiropractors with a team of 10 support staff.

In addition to the full range of chiropractic services and massage therapy, the new center will allow the Buchanans to begin offering physicals for people applying for Class B driver's license. They both hold equipment operator licenses from helping out at Fenske Recycling in Byron, which was owned by Shelly's parents. The couple cite the support of the Steve Fenske, who died in the fall, as key to this project coming together.

"We doing this in honor of dad," says Shelly Buchanan.

The former Super America site became available last year, when Holiday Station Stores bought all of the SAs in Rochester. The Bloomington, Minn.-based Holiday decided to close the 11th Avenue store instead of changing it over to their brand.

Kwik Trip, which has a station very near that building, decided to buy it for the premium price of $825,000 to control the future use of the site. Holiday bought it a month before for $179,000. The Buchanans paid $300,000 for it. Nick Pompeian of Realty Growth Inc. handled the deal.

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