Rochester's oldest shopping center could become a grocery store
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Rochester's oldest shopping center may soon be the site of a new grocery store.
The Miracle Mile Shopping Center, located along Highway 52 near Kutzky Park, was sold last Friday for $10.4 million. More than 30 tenants currently occupy the space including Toy Zone, Ace Hardware and Sky Dragon Buffet.
Rochester Realtor Merl Groteboer, who is representing both the buyer and seller, told the Post-Bulletin that a grocery store chain (specific company unknown) is interested in moving into the space. He said any displaced tenants would be offered room in the new development.
Rochester's Miracle Mile was first constructed in 1952. Similar shopping centers by the same name were also built in Brainerd, Milwaukee and the Minneapolis area, notes the St. Louis Park Historical Society.
The Rochester shopping center has about 200,000 square feet of retail space and 1,500 parking spaces, according to a brochure for the property. About 70,000 vehicles pass the shopping center on Highway 52 each day.
In February 1971, the center was the site of one of the worst commercial fires in city history. According to a P-B archive, 26 stores and offices were affected.