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HEARD ON THE STREET ROCK SOLID BUILDING: A Rochester company is bringing its two businesses -- granite countertop fabricating and ceramic tile installation -- under one roof.

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Degeus Tile and Granite moved its granite countertop workshop in mid-June into its newly constructed 12,500-square-foot building at 3532 South U.S. 63, said co-owner Dick Degeus. He owns it with his son, Mike Degeus.

The countertop operation has previously been at 307 40th St. S.W. It creates custom kitchen and vanity countertops, mostly for new homes, from granite slabs. That part of the business has seven employees, Degeus said.

He hopes to move the other portion of the company -- installation of ceramic tile, glass block and veneer stone -- into the new complex by the end of August. It also sells the tile it imports to retail and wholesale outlets.

"The (tile) showroom is now four times the size is was," he said. It has 4,500 square feet of display space.

That side of the business has 18 employees.

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"It will be great to have everything under one roof," Degeus said. The father and son started the business seven years ago with only two employees -- themselves.

NORTHWEST PLAZA TAKES A RITE: A Rochester rental and retail store is rolling to a new residence.

Rent-Rite is moving to the Northwest Plaza shopping center, which houses Rochester's northside Super Wal-Mart, say Store Manager Mark Geier. It be next to Nick-N-Willy's World Famous Take-N-Bake Pizza.

Geier planned to start moving stock from the current store at 4208 North U.S. 52 by Petco last week. He hopes to be moved by Aug. 1.

He said the move will put the store in "much better location" with Wal-Mart bringing many more people by the business than its current spot. He has four employees.

HOME PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Corporate Web Services Inc. is building a 5,000-square-foot commercial building in southwest Rochester to house its operations and lease space to other businesses.

Owner Alan De Keyrel hopes to be able move in the new building at 3014 Allegro Park Lane S. W. by Oct. 1. His firm does Internet and technology work for businesses. He has six people on staff. It is now headquartered at 829 Third Ave., Suite 225.

"We've experienced a lot of growth in last few years," he said. "Ultimately we wanted a place to go to that gives us room to grow."

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CWS is leasing out 1,500-square-feet to two other businesses –; certified financial planner Tom Lorenz of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and Construction Partnership Inc., a nonprofit organization that works with labor unions and construction companies. Don De Keyrel, Alan De Keyrel's father, is Construction Partnership's executive director.

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