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April 02, 2014

New Roch. Menards to open April 8

Rochester's new northside Menards store will open its doors at 6:30 a.m. April 8.

The newly completed $12 million store near the intersection of U.S. 52 and 65th Street Northwest will replace its old store at 5150 U.S. 52 North. That store is prepared to shift to close-out mode and will remain open for a while after the 65th Street store opens.

Menards also has a south Rochester store at 3000 S. Broadway.

The new 90,000-square-foot store is on 35 acres, with an additional 40 acres available for development by other businesses. Planned for years, the project wMenards-Logoas delayed while waiting for a proposed U.S. 52 interchange at 65th Street Northwest to be built. The interchange recently was constructed with funding from a portion of the local-option sales tax revenue.

“We appreciate all the loyal customers who continued to shop at Menards through the years and
look forward to opening this new store," store manager Eric Ritter said in a company announcement. "Everyone has been working really hard for weeks in preparation of opening the doors to better serve the community with all the latest, greatest home improvement products.”

The new store includes a full-service lumber yard, a garden center, appliances, pet supplies and convenience grocery items. An official grand opening for the new store will be scheduled for a later date.

Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards operates 286 home improvement stores in 14 Midwestern states.

Once the existing Menards facility at 5150 U.S. 52 North closes, two Rochester retailers plan to upgrade the building and move their businesses into it. Jim Sather and Mark Byer, who own the Furniture Superstore Factory Outlet and America's Mattress stores, hope to move forward with that project as soon as possible.

February 27, 2013

A window on Mayo Clinic's business accelerator plans

It is getting close to the big reveal of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator in the City of Rochester's Minnesota BioBusiness Center.

02272013mayoaccelerator1The plan, as I understand it, is to announce the new tenants - possibly eight - in the 2,500-square-foot center at RAEDI's annual meeting on Thursday. Remember this new twist on a business incubator is designed to house early biotech start-ups as well as venture capitalists. The tenant names have been kept hidden from anyone outside of Mayo Clinic and the usual insider crowd of public figures.

And yet this morning, a couple of venture capitalist firms' names are as clear as glass as being part of this private/public project.

Sanderling Ventures and Versant Ventures are up on the window, along with Mayo Clinic Ventures, the City of Rochester and RAEDI.

The California-based firm has a lot of experience working with Mayo Clinic and Mayo-related companies, like Torax and Naviscan.

02272013mayoaccelerator2I don't know as much as about Versant Ventures, but it is also based in California. However, it also has an office in Minneapolis.

Here's some background on the accelerator:

Mayo Clinic is giving $100,000 to turn the unused space, which is owned by the city, into offices. RAEDI will handle the management and leasing of the space.

HGA, which was the architect firm for the building, handled designs for this space. Lots of glass walls, I hear. Rents are expected to range from $13 to $15 per square foot.

October 03, 2012

Roch schools buy Market Square building

Here's some from an article by Matthew Stolle about the school district buying the almost empty Rochester Market Square building for $2.1 million.

I guess the buzz about the schools looking at buying a commercial building that I reported back in June panned out. Toot. That was me tooting my own horn. Heh.

I remember back when Tom and Joe Haley along with Darren Groteboer broke ground for the home building mall in 2005.

The district seems to have gotten a good price. The property was listed at $3.5 million on Loopnet.com last month.

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ServeAttachmentThe Rochester School Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of the Rochester Market Square building in southeastern Rochester for the purpose of relocating the district's area learning center programs, housed at Golden Hill Education Center.

The board agreed to buy the 56,000 square-foot, L-shaped structure for $2.1 million, nearly two months after it began negotiations with the owner, SA Group Properties.

Officials estimate that remodeling the building into a school — work that is set to begin in January so that the new school will be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 school year — will cost an additional $6.6 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $8.7 million.

"It's going to be a good deal," said Rochester Superintendent Michael Munoz after the meeting. "They are going to get a better facility to be educated. And we're going to be able to possibly expand the services that we offer them."

There is one unique twist to the arrangement. The market square building is empty but for a single tenant, a Sherwin-Williams paint business that is halfway through its 10-year lease. It so far has expressed no interest in quitting the space it occupies, which is at the top end of the L-shaped building, away from the main part of the building, officials say.

By agreeing to buy the building, the district also purchased the lease held by the previous owner, a detail that will affect the project's financing and make the district a rent collector.
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Even with the tenant there, officials say, the market square structure will be a roomier place for staff, students and programs, allowing the consolidation of some ALC programs that are scattered at different sites. Golden Hill is a building of 36,000 square feet, while market square has 56,000 square feet. Sherwin-Williams occupies about 6,000 square feet of that space, still leaving 50,000 square feet for the school and enough space to accommodate an elementary school-sized gym.

A large garden that students and community groups have been working on at Golden Hill will also be transferred to the new site, officials say.

August 30, 2012

Yogurt to start flowing on Second Street

CherryBerry is slated to open for business at 11 a.m. Friday, says Joel Granberg, who owns Rochester's new self-serve yogurt spot.

08302012cherryberryCherryBerry, a national self-serve frozen chain, adds some sweetness to the new Shoppes on Second by the new Holiday Inn Express and the Miracle Mile Shopping Center along Second Street Southwest.

The concept is that customers choose one or a combo of 12 flavors of yogurt and then hit the topping bar for 40-some choices ranging from fruit and granola to Gummi worms and chocolate syrup to create their own customized treats. The cost is based on what the final creation weighs.

If you are working a long day Friday due to extra work caused by the long holiday weekend, you have until 11 p.m. to make it in to try some yogurt.

August 28, 2012

Mercedes shifting into high gear to build Med City dealership

I popped out to the groundbreaking at the new Mercedes-Benz car dealership Monday morning. They have done an amazing amount of work in less than a week out there. The dirt is really flying.

GregorWhile out there, I had a flashback to September, 2006 when I went to another groundbreaking for a car dealership out there at the Shoppes on Maine area. That was before Target, before Lowe's, before Wherenberg and before my mustace went gray.

That groundbreaking was for the Rochester Toyota dealership owned by Rob Gregory.

Coming back to the present, here's some on the Merecedes groundbreaking:

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Construction of a new Mercedes-Benz car dealership is shifting into high gear in south Rochester as it drives toward a goal of opening sometime in March.

The Ballweg Family of Dealerships is moving its Mercedes dealership from Wausau, Wis., to a spot at Shoppes on Maine near Target South and Rochester Toyota.

08272012mercedesgroundbreaking1Officials from Ballweg and Mercedes were at the site Monday for a ceremonial groundbreaking as big machinery roared by moving dirt in the background.

Ballweg CEO Jason Brickl says the project is moving forward quickly because of interest in Mercedes in Rochester.

"They did a market study and Rochester looked incredibly appealing," he says.

Jack Holt, Mercedes' franchise manager for the central region, said the company's research found that this location looks very promising.

"We think Rochester is the right place to be and we think we have the right partner in Ballweg," he says. "We think this will be great."
08272012mercedessiteAlready, area customers have been calling to inquire when the dealership will open.

"We've never had that kind of interest this early in a project before," he says.

Rochester has been without a new Mercedes dealership since about 1998.

Brickl expects to hire between 20 to 25 employees to staff the 21,000-square-foot dealership. It will have nine service bays. He has already brought in a general manager to run the Rochester operation.

Beyond Mercedes' well known line of vehicles, this dealership will also offer its smart brand of mini and micro cars and its line of Sprinter commercial vans.

Once open, Ballweg's Rochester dealership will keep between 100 to 150 new and used vehicles on display.

May 22, 2012

Downtown Roch. grocery, apt. complex grinding ahead

05222012metromarketdemo1Now Friday's groundbreaking is in the past, so the downtown demolition is rolling in high gear at Rochester's First Avenue and Sixth Street S.W. this morning.

This is the Metropolitan Market Place project, a four-story apartment complex with the new People’s Food Co-op grocery store based on the main level.

The La Crosse, Wis.-based Gerrard Corp. is building the project.

The 62 apartments are expected to ready for tenants possibly by August 2013.

In today's paper, Edie Grossfield followed up with People's Food Co-op for more details on that piece of the project.

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Co-op manager Liz Haywood said members of the Historic Southwest and Slatterly Park neighborhood associations expressed their excitement during the ground breaking.

"It's going to be amazing," Haywood said. "We've spent a lot of time during the past few weeks talking with people in the area and there's a lot of interest in natural, fresh and locally sourced food."

05222012metromarketdemo2However, the neighbors will have to wait, probably until August 2013, when the Metropolitan Market Place is expected to be completed. Being developed by Gerrard Corp., of La Crosse, Wis., the building will include four floors of apartments above the retail space.

The new store in Rochester will be about 26,000 square feet, compared to the existing store's 7,000 square feet. The largest expansion will be in the delicatessen area, Haywood said.

"We'll still have a hot bar and salad bar, but it will be greatly expanded," Haywood said. "We'll have rotisserie chickens, a cut-to-order meat department. Our meat sales have been growing … and we'll have full-service cheese, too."

The expansion of the co-op, especially the deli and meat department, will require an additional 50 employees beyond the current 35, she said.

August 12, 2011

New N.W. Roch. eatery to offer free food Saturday

Tortilleria Jalisco Restaurant will be cooking this Saturday - Aug. 13 - as it offers up free samples of its food from noon to 2 p.m. at 303 Elton Hills Drive N04072011tortilleriajalisco.W.

The new Rochester eatery has been in the works for quite a while, but Mercedes Rodriguez's family are now ready to fire it up.

While the free food promotion is for two hours on Saturday, Tortilleria Jalisco will officially open for the first time at 8 a.m. Monday.

I'll have more on this in my column Monday.

July 01, 2010

Dirt flies @ newly-named 318 Commons

07012010commonsgroundbreaking1 This morning a large crowd of Rochester and University of Minnesota officials and business leaders gathered in front of a big hole in the 300 block of First Avenue Southwest.

They stood in the sun with heavy equipment behind them to ceremonially kick-off the construction of a nine-story building that will provide apartments and classrooms for University of Minnesota Rochester students as well as retail and restaurant space.

07012010commonsgroundbreaking2 Now called 318 Commons, the building is being developed by G.H. Holdings. G.H. is a partnership between Hal Henderson and Grant Michelitz.

After a few speeches lauding the collaboration and partnerships it took to get the project going following more than three years of effort, token shovels of dirt were tossed from a pile set aside for the purpose.

I'll have more on this soon.

June 30, 2010

"Groundbreaking" in downtown Roch.

A ceremonial groundbreaking is slated to happen at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in downtown Rochester.

06302010ghholdingsfirstavejk It is for the nine-story apartment and mixed-use complex being built by GH Holdings on First Avenue Southwest.

That's the big hole across First Avenue from the Minnesota BioBusiness Center and Dooley's Pub.

05122010firstavenuedemolition1 A lot of ground has already been broken, obviously. But this is event for the collaborative partners – G.H. Holdings, City of Rochester and the University of Minnesota Rochester – to officially kick off the almost $28 million project.

Interesting thing about the announcement of this event. The complex is called 318 Commons.

I think that is a new name. At least, I've not heard it used before.


September 16, 2009

Charter Communications unveils new facility

091609charterbuildingjk  Charter Communications 102908charterconstructionjksnipped a ribbon with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce this a.m. at its new $5 million, almost 31,000-square-foot facility overlooking Superior Drive Northwest from a hillside by the Hollywood 12 CineMagic Theatre.

The cable, telephone and Internet provider broke ground on the complex in November 2008. About 160 of Charter’s 686 Rochester employees are working in the facility.