Business: Christmas comes to Cartersville (shop, that is). Changes ahead for radio stations in Chattooga County, Cedartown. Popeye’s is the latest fast-food restaurant headed to Rockmart.
Ole Town Christmas opens in downtown Cartersville: Give these folks credit — their grand opening was perfectly timed to be on the twenty-fifth — as in Christmas in July 25. Even some of the narrative on their Facebook page reflects a few extra nods to Christmas, including the pensive day before the grand opening — “It feels just like Christmas Eve. We are officially ready for our Grand Opening tomorrow!!” The store is at 26 E. Main St. in Cartersville and the hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Media: Changes for radio stations in Chattooga County, Cedartown: HS Productions Inc. has operated WZQZ – AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio for the decade. Now managing partner Jimmy Holbrook says the station has obtained an FM Translator license from the Federal Communications Commission. It allows WZQZ to broadcast at FM 99.1 and on AM 1180. In addition to seven local newscasts daily beginning at 5:30 a.m., the station will feature Classic Country mornings from 5 until 10 a.m. Holbrook will be on the air from 5 until 10 a.m. Also scheduled: Classic Country Favorites, Real Country and Classic Rock Overnights. WZQZ plans to be broadcasting on the 99.1 FM by the end of August with more changes around the first of the year. Also, WGAA 1340 AM in Cedartown is adding an FM translator over the summer and will soon be heard on 106.1 FM. The Big Double A has been advertising the upgrade for months and the additional signal is due soon.
Popeye’s eyeing Rockmart: That former home of Sonic wasn’t vacant for long off U.S. 278. Popeye’s is on the way courtesy of CSC Properties, a real estate development company based in Clearwater, Fla. It is the latest in a series of fast-food or casual dining spots along 278 (or nearby) including Captain D’s (now open), Chick-fil-A, Martin’s, Wendy’s and Jefferson’s.