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Business is booming on West Circle Drive

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Business is booming along West Circle Drive in northwest Rochester, as Costco, Kwik Trip and Hy-Vee are set to open new retail operations in the area.

Ross Manahan of Rooster's Barn and Grill said even though his restaurant is only about two months old, it's starting to build a certain kind of customer base.

"It's becoming more of a family neighborhood kind of joint," Manahan said.

And that's a big deal for the location. The building has been a revolving door for restaurants since 2005 -- a pizza place, sports bar and BBQ joint have all opened and then closed because there wasn't enough business -- but Manahan said now he expects all of that to change.

"Costco, Kwik Trip coming in has really made this a prime spot in town," Manahan said. "Traffic patterns have already started increasing -- opening here was a great spot for us."

Once Costco opens on Friday, Manahan said he expects to see a 20 percent jump in business.

"We're going to be thrilled to watch through our windows here," Manahan said. "We've got a good view of the parking lot jam packed over there, so we're pretty excited to have the traffic."

And the commercial expansion isn't just limited to the area around 19th Street Northwest. The City Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending that the city council rezone a 3.5 acre plot of land about two miles north of Costco from residential to restricted commercial use. But not everyone is thrilled. For homeowners next door like Sadie Linnihan, the rapid growth has her worried about noise, safety and her property values.

"I understand that commercial development brings in good benefits for the city," Linnihan said. "It helps the economy as well, but as homeowners it sometimes feels like it would be better if we were heard a little more."

But small business owners like Manahan said watching the commercial boom is exciting.

"Seeing the progress in Rochester both with downtown and the outskirt areas both on the south end and over here. It's exciting. Rochester's a great place," Manahan said.

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