Anyone driving along Rochester's Second Street Southwest recently has seen piles of dirt being moved and a large retaining wall under construction.

The work is under way at 2560 Second St. SW, across the street from a Mayo Clinic parking lot and next to the Primrose School of Rochester.

Permits submitted to the city show plans for an 18,500-square-foot commercial center called "Uptown on Second" to be built in the shadow of the large retaining wall.

Uptown on Second, owned by Rochester business leader Jay Maier, is expected to have "five commercial leasing spaces at grade level and parking on the roof," according to the permits.

One of the permit filings includes a value estimate of $1.5 million for Uptown on Second.

The commercial complex is being built near where the Glenn Miller Interior Design office once stood at 2400 Country Club Road SW.

Biz buzz

A used car sales franchise is pulling out of the Med City after a seven year run.

CarHop Auto Sales & Finance at 1503 US 52 North has sent messages to customers that it's "permanently closing for business on Aug. 15."

The Minnetonka-based credit specialist opened Rochester in early 2017, after leasing a showroom from Kinsella's Auto Sales

The family-owned Kinsella's dealership still operates nearby at 1515 US 52 North.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to or call 507-285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."