It looks like change is stirring for Med City’s oldest name in liquor, with a new flavor being added to the mix.
On Monday, the Rochester City Council approved the transfer of the licenses of four Andy’s Liquor stores to the St. Cloud-based Coborn’s. Coborn's owns more than 120 grocery and stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa.
The licenses are for the Andy’s stores at 1201 S. Broadway, 82 36 Ave. NW, 2932 41 St. NW and 3514 55 St. NW. While only the South Broadway store was transferred to a corporate entity under the Coborn’s name, the three other companies that took control of the other licenses are all based at the same St. Cloud address of Coborn’s headquarters.
This will not be Corborn’s first time selling alcohol in Med City. The St. Cloud retailer purchased Plaza Liquors at 3552 West River Parkway NW in 2018. That was short-lived, and that space is now occupied by Music Mart.
Andy’s Liquor has been a Rochester staple, owned by three generations of the Chafoulias family, since 1934.