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Heard on the Street: Battery biz pulls plug on Med City shop

April 5, 2018 GMT

Interstate Battery powered down its Rochester location last week.

Interstate franchise owner Kirk Snedden pulled the plug on its spot at 2410 N. Broadway late last week, after a nine-year run in this location it shared with Allegra, formerly known as Insty-Prints.

Calls to Interstate’s Rochester phone number refers callers to Snedden’s distribution center in Dyersville, Iowa. Staff at the distribution center say that they are servicing the Rochester area from Iowa now.

Snedden was not available for comment Tuesday.

There was no word as to why the change was made or how many employees it affected.


Snedden previously covered this area from a St. Charles shop, but he moved it to Rochester in early 2009.

“Rochester has the market for us to expand in the battery business. In this day and age with technology being portable, it is a good market,” he said in January 2009.

Biz buzz

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually news.

It smells like the former longtime home of an iconic, small Med City business might have a new tenant rolling in soon.

And yes, I’m talking about a new tobacco shop possibly opening in Rochester.

This unfiltered tip is not just some secondhand smoke, though the project is in the early stages.

We’ll see if this spark eventually lights up a new local store or if this entrepenuerial cigarillo ends up in the ashtray of burned-out business dreams.