Update on Ratliff’s in downtown Rome: The congregation at Metropolitan United Methodist Church thanks Dennis for ‘a legacy of excellence.’ Earlier: Ratliff Coastal Service Center closes as site to become convenience store.

Update on Ratliff’s in downtown Rome: The congregation at Metropolitan United Methodist Church thanks Dennis for ‘a legacy of excellence.’ Earlier: Ratliff Coastal Service Center closes as site to become convenience store.

 


This is what a community is all about. For three decades, Dennis Ratliff and team ran one of Rome’s most appreciated repair shops. He recently sold the property and will do some work at his home in Shannon.

But before all is done, his longtime neighbors at Metropolitan United Methodist Church wanted to say thank you and farewell (and hello to the new property owner).

This is the kind of thing we need more of these days.

 


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By Leanne Cook
Hometown Headlines

That’s Dennis Ratliff, center, with longtime customers Hisayo and Brian Carroll. Wrote Hisayo on this Facebook post earlier this month: “Today is Dennis’ last day at Coastal! He is retiring after 46 years! If you are near downtown Rome today, give him some love!”

Ratliff’s Service Center at the corner of Broad Street and Riverside Parkway/Seventh Avenue has been sold to Rocky Singh, a local entrepreneur who owns multiple convenience stores throughout Northwest Georgia.

According to Hardy Realty commercial and residential agent Larry Cagle who handled the sale with Debbie Hayes, “This was a complete win for everyone. Dennis Ratliff was ready to retire and move on to the next phase of his life, and Rocky Singh can’t wait to bring downtown Rome what it really needs — a truly convenient convenience store with gas, too. Everybody was very happy with the deal.”

Though plans are still firming up, Cagle, who was also responsible for selling the Fuddruckers space to iconic Roman restaurant Pick O’ Deli for its second locationsays that the previous repair and gas station is going to be completely refreshed with new paint, new interior, and will be stocked with all the grab and go items people expect from great convenience stores. “It is going to take a couple of months for renovations to be complete but Mr. Singh is talking with contractors now and is very excited to get started.”

When asked what he is going to do now since his entire life has been spent in the service station business, Dennis Ratliff actually said, “I’m going to Disney World” and started laughing. It turns out that he will spend September moving his things out of the service station, and in October he’s going to Florida — taking his grandkids along for the fun.

Afterward, he plans to enjoy a thankful November and then will open a new repair business behind his home in Shannon. When asked what types of autos he will service, he replied, “I’ll work on pretty much any type of car but now I’m going to do it on my own time and at my own pace.” He estimates the new business will open around December first, and he promises that his steady customers will all be notified by letter.

 

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