After six years of having two locations for their animal supplies and rural living gear business, Netta Putzier and Bob Kopplin are bringing all of their chickens home to roost under one roof in Rochester.

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Netta Putzier explains chicken anatomy and egg production during the Chicken Raising 101 class at Rochester Pet & Country Store.

The north Rochester Feed and Country Store at at 3155 Wellner Drive NE will close its doors on Wednesday.

The five staff members and all of the services, such as Paws Abilities Dog Training and Grooming Tails, based at the north store will move into the main location at 1550 Third Ave. SE. The north location moved to that address in 2017.

"This is kind of bittersweet, but I think this will be a good thing for us," said co-owner Putzier.

The main reason for consolidating the stores is due to staffing issues, she said.

When all of the team is together in the south store, there will be 20 staff members.

The north store opened in 2013 and then expanded by 2,800-square-feet in 2016 to make room for dog training and pet grooming services.

"Rochester has always been very supportive of us," she said. "I think having everything under one roof will be better for us and the customers."

Amid the changes, Rochester Feed and Country Store continues to add services.

The store now offers customer delivery for purchases of $50 or more. They also have added an equine specialist and another staffer who is a specialist in the care of beef cattle, goats and pigs. Both go to customers' farms and ranches to help create custom care and feeding plans.

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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