Business: RaceTrac growing yet again in Northwest Georgia, this time in Adairsville. Greater Rome Existing Industries Association marks recent growth, reinvestment, acquisitions.

Business: RaceTrac growing yet again in Northwest Georgia, this time in Adairsville. Greater Rome Existing Industries Association marks recent growth, reinvestment, acquisitions.

Give the folks at Racetrac extra points for their interest in Northwest Georgia. Even as work begins on a second store in Floyd County — this one in West Rome — and another location in Cartersville near Kroger Marketplace off Main Street, the Atlanta-based retailer is moving ahead with another store, this one in Adairsville.

The new mega convenience and gas store will be at 7812 Adairsville Highway near Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel and competitors on the east side of I-75 off Ga. 140.

“The location planned for Adairsville will be one of our newer store prototypes. It will feature a Swirl World frozen dessert station with up to 10 flavors and 41 toppings and a large coffee area with enough counter space to create the perfect cup of freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee”, says spokeswoman Megan Shannon.

“Our newer stores also have a more shoppable layout, ample seating, free Wi-Fi and more lighting in the store and parking lot to deliver a better guest experience. Outside all of our new and updated stores, you’ll find a clean, well-lit parking lot, and thoughtful elements like exterior seating options. This location will also have 14 fuel pumps.”

Construction will begin late in the second quarter or early third quarter of this year, she adds.


Pictured left to right are Liang Zaho (Ameridge Polymers), Shelli Fletcher (Wire Tech Ltd), Jason Marion and Jennifer Moore (Southeastern Mills), Jace Burroughs and Chris Grimley (Ball Metal Beverage Container), Jenna Hackett (International Paper), Ken McDonald (Georgia Pacific), Taylor Kielty (Georgia Department of Economic Development), Ken Wright (Rome Floyd Chamber) and Elyse Davis (Georgia Power).

 

From left: Liang Zaho (Ameridge Polymers), Ken Wright (Rome Floyd Chamber).

Wednesday’s meeting of the Greater Rome Existing Industries Association, part of the Rome Floyd Chamber, celebrated recent headlines concerning investments, expansions, new companies and new jobs in Rome and Floyd County.

Included were the announcements include two new international companies Kerry Foods of Ireland (deal with Southeastern Mills, background) as well as Ameridge Polymers, a Chinese-owned company focused on carpet recycling and occupying an existing building in Shannon;  the purchase of two industrial development sites including the Ball Corp. announcement (background); and construction/expansions representing multimillion-dollar investments in technology, machinery and equipment as well as new jobs (primarily International Paper’s $150 million announcement in December, background).

Also noted was expanded infrastructure for future economic development for West Rome/Coosa fortified by a $21 million natural gas line expansion.

Wire Tech Ltd. hosted the meeting, showcasing its recent expansion which tripled the size of its facility on Westside Industrial Boulevard. Presenting at the meeting were Taylor Kielty (Regional Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development), Steve Justice and David Nuckolls (Georgia Department of Economic Development Centers of Innovation) and Elyse Davis (Community and Economic Development Manager/Georgia Power).

 

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