While clipping might be a bad thing on the football field, it's to be expected at a new sports-themed business coming to south Rochester.
A male-focused barber shop franchise is bringing sports and haircuts together in south Rochester.
Owners Steve and Anne Ogren of the Twin Cities plan to open the first Med City location of Sport Clips, a new male-focused barbershop franchise that brings sports and hair cuts together. A banner for the new location recently went up in a storefront by Nupa Mediterranean Cuisine on Crossroads Drive.
"We're just waiting on Rochester building permits. We hope to be under construction any day now," said Steve Ogren. "We'd like to be open by late October."
He expects to hire 12 to 15 stylists.
Texas-based Sport Clips, one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S., already has 39 locations in Minnesota. However, this will be the first in the southeastern area.
The concept follows the traditional barber shop walk-in model, with lots of large-screen TVs showing sports and stylists dressed in pro jerseys. They also feature basket court-style hardwood floors. A "MVP" treatment includes shampoo, haircut, hot towel and a neck and shoulder massage.
Ogren says when he was looking for business opportunities, he was impressed by the family-owned Sport Clips core philosophy based on a quote from legendary coach Lou Holtz. "Do Your Best. Do What's Right. Treat Others the Way They Want to Be Treated.”
"They offered the kind of culture I was looking for," said Ogren.
He added that he and his wife decided to open their Sport Clips in Rochester, because it seems to fit well with the city.
"It's a growing big city with a small town community feel," he said.