Bob Hopkins is continuing to expand the footprint of marketing and printing operations in southeastern Minnesota.

Hopkins purchased the Insty-Prints business in Rochester from longtime owner Rick Weiss in September 2017 and re-launched it as a franchise under the national Allegra brand.

Since then, his portfolio has grown significantly as he has acquired many other small print shops in the area.

The latest to join Hopkins' Allegra family is Creative Minds in Lake City. On June 19, Creative Minds at 118 S. Washington St. stepped under the Allegra umbrella.

Former Creative Minds owner Joan Kaartinen remains with the business that operates from the same office, but under the Allegra name.

"We think Lake City is a great market for us. The office there is very complementary to our Red Wing operations," said Hopkins of the deal.

In a statement about the change, he was quoted as stating, “In addition to the services that Creative Minds customers have come to know and expect, they can look forward to additional capabilities from Allegra, including promotional products, signs, banners and branded apparel.”

This acquisition is the latest in a string of similar deals.

In 2018, Allegra absorbed Accent Promotional Products and its offices in Rochester and Red Wing.

Hopkins also added Rochester's The Printers shop in January.

Biz buzz 

The chatter among the automobile crowd is that a Med City used car dealership will hit the brakes forever in August.

Now that I have the jump on this, I should have more soon.

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."