Business: Opening dates just weeks away for Panda Express, Chipotle and Urgent Team’s Walk-In Urgent Care.

Business: Opening dates just weeks away for Panda Express, Chipotle and Urgent Team’s Walk-In Urgent Care.

The finishes touches are being put on the new Panda Express this week coming to East Bend. Hometown photo.

We are just weeks away from the opening of the first restaurants in the new East Bend shopping coming to the corner of Turner McCall Boulevard and Hicks Drive.

Panda Express released this update on Saturday: “The Rome location is set to open in early October, though that timing is subject to change. The restaurant is a 2,300-square-foot,  free-standing drive through building and contains 68 interior seats with no outdoor seating. In terms of staffing, we aim to have one general manager, one assistant manager and 10 associates. Those interested in applying can visit”

The restaurant received a score of 100 of their initial public health restaurant inspection last week. We anticipate opening within two weeks. Check out their menu online.

Chipotle isn’t far behind. You can see crews still working on the interior of the restaurant as you drive by. Tyler Benson with Chipotle’s Communications Department says the restaurant will be opening in October, but the date is still being finalized. He says an exact date should be set after Oct. 5.

And across the street on the corner of Turner McCall Boulevard and Riverbend Drive, the new Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care is set to open a new center at 1314 Turner McCall Blvd., next to Chili’s, later this fall.

Update from Urgent Team: Currently with 27 Urgent Team walk-in urgent care centers in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, the company is eager to expand into Georgia. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the on-demand healthcare needs of the Rome community seven days a week,” said Ellis Harris, Urgent Team Division Vice President. “Our goal is to meet and exceed the increasing need for quality care delivered in a convenient location at an affordable price.”

Urgent Team – Rome will provide urgent care, family care, wellness services and occupational health services on a walk-in basis. Urgent Team will treat patients with medical needs, such as:

• Asthma and allergies • Ear and eye injuries
• Flu, colds, viral illnesses and COVID-19 testing • Skin conditions, including burns
• Bites, stings, allergic reactions • Stitches
• Broken bones, sprains, strains • School, sports, wellness and DOT physicals
• Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting • Immunizations and vaccinations
• Urinary tract infections • Occupational health services

The center will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most insurance plans, TRICARE and VA, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as cash and credit cards, are accepted. Walk-ins are welcome or for added convenience, patients can schedule a same day or next day visit online with Hold My Spot® or book a telemedicine visit. For more information, visit

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