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Heard on the Street: Realtor to turn ex-hair salon into offices

A growing Rochester real estate office is revamping a former hair salon as a new office center.

Handy Andy Real Estate Expertsis renovating the former Classic Cutsbuilding at 3625 10th Lane NW, at the corner of 37th Street Northwest and 10th Place.

Handy Andy owner Andy Mulhollandsays his real estate office has been steadily growing since he launched eight years ago in his garage. After outgrowing the garage, he moved into the 2222 Building at 18th Ave. NW and leased a quarter of the building. Now, Handy Andy's office fill half of the building and Mulholland has staffers on two levels.

"We just need more space," said Mulholland, who currently has 15 on his team.

He hopes that number could grow to 22 to 25 in the next 12 months. The current offices are 2,800-square-feet on two floors now. Once the ex-Classic Cuts site is ready, it will have 4,300-square-feet of space on one level.

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Handy Andy Real Estate Experts bought the 11-year-old building in March for $665,000. Rick Emersonoriginally built the complex in 2006 to house his Classic Cuts salon.

"A huge benefit" is how Mulholland described owning the future office space and being able to make "significant changes" to tailor it to his teams' needs.

Of course, going from hair salon to a real estate office is a pretty major change. Handy Andy is working with architect Adam Ferarriand contractor Adam Kramer, both of Rochester, to handle the transformation.

Biz buzz

A little bird is sharing some interesting chatter on the street about a popular franchise eatery possibly building a new location in the Med City's southwest quadrant.

No word yet if this is just talk or if this saucy rumor has any meat on the bone. If I can round up any info, I'll serve it up here.

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