After more than a year in business, it looks like last call for a Rochester liquor store is coming soon.

Barrel House Spirits in the former CHS/Cenex station at 545 16th Ave. NW has signs saying it is closing May 31.

The store by Civic Center Drive Northwest is the creation of Chris Fierst and Steve Lee, who also own the downtown nightspots, Half Barrel Bar and Kitchen as well as Bar Buffalo. It opened in early 2018.

After years running a gas station and convenience store in the building, St. Paul-based CHS Inc. shut down the fuel business in October of 2017 and issued a statement saying the station was being sold to Joe Peter.

Peter owns the neighboring business of Joe’s Auto and Tire. He is leasing the building to Barrel House Spirits.

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On the topic of changes in the local alcohol retail scene, another Rochester shop changed owners earlier this year.

Ed Campbell purchased Woody’s Liquor at 316 Elton Hills Drive N.W. in the Valhalla Shopping Plaza in March. He bought it from John Ajouri.

Campbell, who grew up in the Elton Hills neighborhood, said he’s excited to run a business in the area. His goal is to offer the best selection of beer, wine and alcohol at competitive prices in the more than 2,000-square-foot store.

John Wood opened this version of Woody’s Liquor in 2009. Wood previously had a store of the same name in the same center, which closed in 2001.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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