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March 04, 2014

New Denny's to start cooking Sunday

A new spot for breakfast (as well as lunch, dinner and late-night snacks) will open in Rochester at 6 a.m. Sunday.

But while the location is new, it's not a new name for the city.

03042014dennys2After months of construction, Denny's will open its second Rochester restaurant on Sunday at 286 17th Ave. N.W. That's the former Krispy Kreme doughnut shop near the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.

"We are extremely excited to open our second Denny's in Rochester," Eden Prairie, Minn.-based franchisee Mija Landenberger said in an announcement. She also owns the Denny's restaurant at 1226 S. Broadway.

Landenberger said the new 24-hour location will be staffed by 80 employees.

03042014dennys2signThe franchisee bought the 4,800-square-foot, 10-year-old building for $1.15 million in April last year. It had sat empty since Krispy Kreme closed in January 2006, after a short run in Rochester.

Built in 2004, it stands between what is now Wild Bill's Sports Saloon and Hom Furniture. It's also near Holiday Inn Express and the Shoppes on Second business centers that house Cherry Berry yogurt, Topper's Pizza, Cousin's Subs, About Face, Rocco Altobelli Salon and Altra Credit Union.

Now the work is done and the bright yellow Denny's signs are up. Hot coffee, Fit Fare, Grand Slam breakfasts, Bacon Slamburgers and more will start rolling out of the kitchen this weekend.

"We look forward to becoming a local gathering place where our guests can always count on good service, a great atmosphere and, most importantly, delicious food," Landenberger said.

February 02, 2014

Teen fashion store closes at mall to make room for lingerie shop

After 13 years in Rochester's Apache Mall, teen clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch closed its doors last week.
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A wall now covers where the 9,234-square-foot store once operated between Forever 13 and Hers in the Macy's wing of the mall.

It looks like the store never existed.

The Apache Mall management confirmed the fate of A & F on its Facebook page this weekend.

NOTE FROM KIGER: I know the mall forbids any unapproved photography of stores. I did not take this photo and I don't know who did.

"Unfortunately Abercrombie & Fitch's lease expired and they did leave Apache Mall," according to the posting. "However, Victoria's Secret will be relocating to their space in the spring."

Staff at Victoria's Secret confirmed the planned move, which could happen as soon as May. It'll remain open in the current locations until the new space is ready. The change should be a significant expansion for the lingerie store, if it takes all of the A&F space. Victoria's current store in the JC Penney wing is 5,641 square foot.

While A & F's closing came as surprise to Apache shoppers and neighboring mall stores, it was in the works for a while. The mall applied for a building permit for the project valued at $495,000 on Dec. 6.

However, the application did not mention Abercrombie & Fitch. The application for a remodel for Victoria's Secret did list the mall store number as 694, which is where A & F was located. Victoria's current store number is 656. It's not known what store might take Victoria's spot, when it eventually moves.

A & F, which is known for its loud music and its posters of scantily clad teen models, opened in the Apache Mall in the spring of 2000. It was a successful store for the mall, which lists its top three performing retail categories as teen apparel, women's apparel and women's accessories.

Abercrombie_Fitch_LogoThe past few years have not been kind to the once-trendy teen retailer with same-store sales steadily dropping. The bright spot at the start of 2014 was that its same-store sales only dropped 4 percent in the U.S., which was less than expected. It followed that with a re-organization of its top executives last week.

Its primary strategy to combat slumping sales has been to close stores. It closed 71 in 2012, which included three in Minnesota. Following the Rochester store closure, it now has only two in Minnesota.

About 50 more stores were closed in 2013. Abercrombie leaders pledged in 2013 that the company would ultimately shutter a total of 180 stores by 2015.

January 04, 2014

Sign guy ready to brave cold temps

You've probably seen Paul La France or one of his co-workers standing at an intersection in the past few weeks holding an eight-foot-tall Sears Going Out of Business sale sign.

While drivers in heated cars go by, the sale sign holders stand along the streets in five hour shifts for $8 an hour.

SignguyThis is the final weekend for the Sears sign holding gig and it's going to be a brutal one to be out in the frigid weather.

On Saturday afternoon, it was a "balmy" 17 degrees. La France was huddled behind his sign at the intersection of South Broadway and U.S. 14.

"Yeah, I'm kinda freezing. My feet are frozen even though I have three pairs of socks on," said La France, while trying to see through eyeglasses that had iced over from the cold. His voice was muffled by his camouflage mask covering his face.

Despite the forecasts of historic frigid temps moving into the area Sunday, he planned on another five hour shift standing at the corner with the sign. La France describes himself as homeless.

"I'm not a panhandler. I don't want to beg," he says. The cold weather, however, has inspired some drivers to stop and give him hot chocolate or even hand warmers.

He makes it clear that he's not looking for handouts. This is his job, even though it's one that not a lot of people would be eager to take on. La France dismisses suggestion that it's not an easy way to make $8 an hour.

"I've had worst jobs," he says.

November 21, 2013

Cowboy Jack's may win Western logo shoot-out

Western-themed restaurants and bars have been hot lately in Rochester.Texas-roadhouse1

We now have Texas Roadhouse, Wild Bill's Sports Saloon, Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill, Whiskey Bone's Roadhouse and the latest high plains drifter to ride into town is Cowboy Jack's Eatery. 

Cowboy Jack's is part of a Twin Cities chain and is slated to open soon within the former America's Best Value Hotel on South Broadway.

LEach has its own take on a rough and ready Western atmosphere.

 

However, going just by logos alone, it looks like the the latest addition to the Med City corral could be the toughest hombre ever seen in these parts.

 

• Texas Roadhouse has kind of 60's diner look with a cowboy hat wearing state. Eyecatching.

•  Wild Bill's invokes the whole tin star thing with sort of sheriff/ U.S. marshall/ ranger feel. That's a strong logo. 16418249_BG1

• Whiskey Creek goes with a flaming campfire design invoking cowboys around a fire after a day of driving cattle across the prairie.

 

 

• Whiskey Bones has an Elvis in a 50's diner thing going on, sort like the restaurant that John Travolta took Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction."

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And then there's Cowboy Jack's.

• There's a skull of a Texas longhorn steer with

glowing red vengeful, demonic eye sockets and fangs. Very macho and a little spooky.

And then there's the crossed meat cleavers behind the skull that are actually DRIPPING BLOOD.

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Uh... yeah... OK. That's an insanely intense logo.

That's the roughest, toughest logo of the crew. That logo paints Cowboy Jack's as the guy in the black hat who shoots first and then stands with one scuffed boot on the chest of his victim while he casually lights a cigarette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 01, 2013

New photography, art shop opening

1277395_725002470848336_575516068_oLooks like a new photo and art shop called Sugar Lips is opening downtown in the little building at 300 First Northwest and Civic Center.

It's just north of 300 First. That's the little building that previously housed LeeAnn Zubay's Culinary Market, the ancestor of today's ZZest. It housed the phone repair shop, Alltech Repair, for a while after that.

This new project is being driven by Lindsey Zubay. I should have more details soon.

October 07, 2013

Roch.'s new DSW announces opening date

My intrepid and ever-alert co-worker Mike Klein laced up the opening date of the Designer Shoe Warehouse in today's PB.
Good news for shoe shoppers — Rochester's Designer Shoe Warehouse store is opening on Thursday, the company has announced.

10072013dsw1It's in the 22,000-square-foot former Old Navy store at 50 25th St. S.E., and construction is wrapping up this week.

DSW — Designer Shoe Warehouse — sells designer shoes, boots and sandals at value prices, as well as handbags and accessories. It also runs a popular loyalty program called DSW Rewards that issues certificates to customers for future purchases.

07102013dswopeningsignColumbus, Ohio-based DSW operates 389 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In November 2011, Old Navy moved out of its 22,000-square-foot store at 50 25th St. S.E. between Bed Bath and Beyond and Michaels craft store. It moved farther south to a new spot between Dick's Sporting Goods and Maurice's in the Shoppes on Maine retail cluster.

"Of late, DSW has been extensively using its cash flow to expand throughout the United States," said the Zacks.com analyst blog. "We believe that the company’s aggressive store expansion plans signify that its designer shoes and accessories are fast gaining popularity among consumers."

Recently, DSW reported second-quarter fiscal 2013 results. Earnings increased 47 percent to 97 cents a share and net sales jumped 9.7% to $562 million, whereas comparable-store sales rose 4.4%.

September 25, 2013

Spooky store gears up for the scary season

Travis Mueller wanted to know about this store, so I jumped up and checked it out for him. If it matters to Travis, it matters to me. Heh. Anyway, here's what I found out:

09252013spirithalloweenSpirit Halloween is opening its doors this evening in the former Best Buy South store in the Shoppes on Maine area.

The store was just putting the final touches on its front decoration at about 4:30 p.m. today. I was told that they'd be open by 5 p.m.

This seasonal retailer will sell masks, costumes, fake blood and everything other ghoulish thing needed to celebrate All Hallow's Eve through Oct. 31 (AKA Halloween).

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Med City, Halloween Express, is has moved into the former Amish Furniture store on Bandel Road.

September 08, 2013

New med spa to open soon in S.E. Roch.

Looks like Fat Willy's has a new neighbor - Posh Facial Esthetics and Med Spa.

IMG_20130907_180106_468I guess I haven't been paying close enough attention to that area for a while. It looks like Posh is very close to opening. In fact, Posh's website says they hope to open by Thursday, Sept. 12.

Stephanie Kriener, who's an ICU nurse, is the owner of this new venture.

Posh will offer a variety of facials, Botox treatments, waxing and tinting.

Now that center is completely full with the expanded Fat Willy's and the Hexum Cos. office sandwiched in between them.

September 04, 2013

New BK to start cooking

The ever-alert Todd Schwartz spotted a sign on the new Burger King fast food eatery on Marion Road saying it's opening today (Wednesday, Sept.4).

6a00d83451cc8269e2017d3bf391ec970c-250wiThis is the new place built by franchisee Dolphin Corp. on a long empty chunk of land at the corner of 12th Street Southeast and Marion Road Southeast.

That spot is in front of the new Marion Road Business Center and the Kwik Trip station on Marion Road. It is across 12th Street from the Cub Foods Plaza, where Dolphin has a Burger King. The new BK is replacing its older sibling location.

Dolphin Corp. owns all three Burger King restaurants selling in the Med City. They're located along South Broadway and North Broadway, as well as in the Cub Foods center.

August 27, 2013

New Roch. senior living facilty digging in

The Waters on Mayowood, a new senior living complex at 16th Street Southwest and Mayowood Road, is really digging in with the dirt flying as the site preparation rolls along.

SeniorlivingThe 276,000-square-foot facility will include a four-story assisted living wing with 70 units and six enhanced care suites, a four-story independent living wing with 71 units and a two-story memory care wing with 28 units. It will also feature heated
underground parking.

The hope is to open The Waters on Mayowood in fall 2014.

Senior Living of Minnetonka. The Waters is an owner as well as the future operator.

The Waters manages 11 senior living centers in Minnesota, including Sugar Loaf Senior Community in Winona.