Every year, I go back in time and personally reflect on all of the businesses that have said their final goodbyes.  Target, Walmart, Best Buy have all announced multiple closings throughout the country this past year.  Locally though, we were hit pretty hard.

READ MORE: 22 Walmart Stores Closing for Good in 2023

zoom-zoom ThinkStock
zoom-zoom ThinkStock

SHOCKING: Over 25 Businesses and Restaurants Closed in Rochester, Minnesota in 2023

Before I started working on this, I thought that there were probably just a handful of places that I'd look back that put that "closed" sign up on its door.  I felt like I was punched in the gut as I started counting all of the businesses that are now gone in our town.  Sadly, in Rochester, Minnesota, we saw over 25 businesses close for good in 2023.

Over 25 Rochester, Minnesota Businesses and Restaurants That Closed in 2023

2023 was another year of final goodbyes for several businesses and restaurants in Rochester, Minnesota.

Gallery Credit: Jessica On The Radio

As I stared at the list above, all I could think was how hard this past year was for so many and the numerous hours that people worked so the final decision to close didn't have to actually be announced.

That is why my gut hurt.  These are our people.  Our history.  Some of our favorite places.  Not all of the locations above are sitting empty, thankfully, but many are now vacant just waiting for the person with a dream to make magic happen in the space again.

I am human so there could have been one that I missed.  I make mistakes just like everyone else.  If I missed one, let me know by sending me a note at jessica.williams@townsquaremedia.com.


Stay Up To Date on News in Southeast Minnesota, Including Closings, For Free

Every day, our team at Townsquare Media is hard at work bringing you the latest local news.  Hear about it on one of our many radio stations or get it immediately on our apps and websites.  The bonus is that we bring it to you for free.  Well, free for you.  My fingers get quite the workout typing everything and I think my laptop is crying to slow down a tad...but that's not happening.  

Join me for the free stuff - events, news, and yes, we even have some celebrity gossip.  Download the Y-105FM app, give our Facebook page a follow, or bookmark our website.  Every single place, the news is free.

BONUS:  We also have free stuff we give away too!  You know that Taylor Swift concert everyone wanted tickets too last year?  Yep, we had some.  ;) 

Y-105FM logo
Get our free mobile app

List of Rochester Businesses That Closed in 2022

Saying goodbye is never easy, and in Minnesota, it takes us a few hours to actually get out the door when we are visiting friends. Sadly, a few businesses in Rochester, Minnesota had their own goodbye in 2022 - some in more of a Minnesota style with a note and a few weeks or days to have closure, while others just seemed to disappear in the night forever.

Gallery Credit: Jessica On The Radio

List of Rochester Businesses That Closed in 2021

2021 was another year that was full of challenges for businesses throughout the country, including Rochester, Minnesota. Unfortunately, our community saw many businesses that said "good-bye" and closed for good.

Gallery Credit: Jessica Williams

More From Y-105FM