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Fourth Ace Hardware store planned for Rochester

While he has stores throughout Minnesota, Rochester is Dave Neiman's ace in the hole.

And soon he'll have four of a kind in the Med City.

Neiman owns the three Arrow Ace Hardwarestores in Rochester and soon he'll make it four by taking over the former Hollywood Videostore on 37th Northwest.

Look for construction to transform the empty ex-video store at 905 37th St. N.W. into a hardware haven to begin in early April.

"We hope to open before the end of June," says Neiman.

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He owns stores in Byron, Owatonna, Northfield, Mankato, Shakopee, Chaska and St. Peter, although this is largest collection of stores in one community.

"It is a good town for us and our stores are doing well," he says. "There is room for one more."

Neiman says his customers from northwest Rochester tell him it is kind of a long drive to the nearest Ace.

"So we wanted to get up more in the northwest area a little bit," he says. "Then this opened up on 37th, which is a pretty busy street. We thought it would be a good spot to be."

Hollywood Video closed up shop last year. Now Ace will lease the 10,000-square-foot store from its owner, Les Nelsonof Clear Lake, Iowa.

Neiman has about 20 to 30 employees working in his three stores.

The Miracle Mile Shopping Centerstore is the largest at 16,000 square feet and the Ace in the Silver Lake Shopping Centeris the smallest at 6,500 square feet.

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It looks like the coming of spring will shake up things among Rochester's restaurants.

Sounds like one landmark is working on a move, while another long-time player is fine-tuning plans to spawn an additional location.

Another eatery is revving up its own strategy of hitting the Med City streets with a new approach.

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