HEARD ON THE STREET COLUMN - BROADWAY CHANGE: The business center at 200 N. Broadway in Rochester, which Dison's Cleaners anchors, has been sold.

Richard Dison, the former owner of Dison's Cleaners, sold the building for $1.7 million to Les Nelson of Clear Lake, Iowa. Nelson owns many properties in Rochester. Steve Seymour of S&L; Services Inc. will manage the property. He says there will be no change for the eight tenants.

The tenants include Hobbit Travel, Nelson Cheese Factory, Medicine Shoppe, Broadway Dental Care, Dison's, Wire Shop, Decision One and Priscilla White's Real Estate Services.

The sale will not affect Dison's Cleaners, according to co-owner Mark Dison. The North Broadway store will remain open, and so will its office.

The sale of the building was driven by Richard Dison's filing for bankruptcy in January 2002. A Dison family member had a business go under in the Twin Cities, and that spurred Richard Dison's bankruptcy. Those bankruptcies have no connection to the five Rochester dry-cleaning stores, he said.

WATCH FOR CURVES: A third Curves for Women fitness center will open in Rochester in May.


Owner Suzy Boerboom says the new center will open in the Century Plaza Two shopping area in the 3100 block of Wellner Drive Northeast, next to Color Me Mine.

Keisha Timpane, manager of the Curves in the Broadway Commons shopping area, also will manage the new center. The third Rochester Curves center is in Cedarwood Plaza.

MALL MERRY-GO-ROUND: Many new stores will open soon in Apache Mall in Rochester. Meanwhile, many current stores are moving to new spots within the mall.

Mall manager Kim Bradley tracks the movement.

A Lady Footlocker athletic shoe store is opening in the former Machine Shed arcade this month. Sunglasses Hut opened by Barnes &; Noble last week. Charlotte Russe, a young women's clothing store, is scheduled to open in the former B. Dalton space this month. The Vanity store is moving to the spot, formerly occupied by Sam Goody's.

Fred Meyer Jewelers is opening next to Herberger's after $130,000 worth of remodeling is done to the storefront last occupied by Vanity.

The Buckle is moving into larger digs left open with L.A. Footwear's closure. A children's apparel store that Bradley won't yet name will appear in the Buckle's spot.

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