A military surplus store is planning to invade south Rochester this summer.
CC Military Surplus is leasing more than 3,000-square-foot space at 1513 12th St. S.E. in the Eastwood Plaza. Darci Fenske of Paramark Real Estate brokered the deal between CC Military Outfitters and the owners of Eastwood Plaza.
CC Military President Rick Michel said he hopes to be able open the store in early July with a staff of five to six employees. It will be next to Apollo Liquor.
The store carries new and surplus military and outdoors gear like tents, outerwear, hats, patches, and manuals as well as paint ball and airsoft guns. It does not carry real firearms.
CC Military also offers a line of children's clothes and toys.
This will be the fifth store – the third in Minnesota – for the Central City, Iowa company. The Rochester store will fit right in the middle of CC Military's geographic footprint.
"We love the opportunity to open a store in Rochester. I love Rochester," said Michel.
The surplus stores spun off of CC Manufacturing in Central City in 2002. CC Manufacturing makes tent stakes, pack frames, heavy-duty vehicle jack stands and conveyor bed systems for C-130 military transport planes for the U.S. military.
Michel describes his shop as "not your standard surplus store" with dim lights and tables full of piles of random gear.
"The outdoor enthusiast is our main customer. And we carry clothing and patches for the National Guard and local military," he said.