Updated: Shorter site transforms from autos to eyecare. Sequel to Rome Cinemas sale: 500 storage units, 12 jobs by spring. Home sales jump in September in Bartow, Gordon counties.

Updated: Shorter site transforms from autos to eyecare. Sequel to Rome Cinemas sale: 500 storage units, 12 jobs by spring. Home sales jump in September in Bartow, Gordon counties.

It’s come a long way from the auto care center it used to be

 

Motorists in West Rome have watched the former Lube Car Care Center at 2117 Shorter Ave. undergo a transformation in recent months.

That upgrade is complete as Specs for Less is now open at that location. Hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and  until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Frank Parris says the office offers exams almost everyday starting at $49 for an eyeglass exam and $79 for contact exam (each with a purchase). The business accepts Eyemed, VSP, Davis, Superior, NVA Spectera and most other major vision insurance providers.
Eyewear options include budget as well as Coach, Ray Ban, Nike and others.

Media release: In the summer of 2020, as Rome Cinemas returned from a pandemic shutdown, one of the options offered customers was a drive-in experience with movies shown on am external wall. It accommodated up to 80 vehicles and offered “Goonies” and other titles. Limited seating was available indoors as well. Since then, the theaters off Alabama Highway were listed for $1.55 million and connected with a buyer last month. Here’s the sequel to that story.

Media release: U-Haul will use its ecofriendly adaptive reuse program to transform the old Rome Cinemas movie theater at 2535 Shorter Ave. into a modern retail and self-storage facility. U-Haul acquired the property on Sept. 28.

Preliminary plans call for the creation of 500 indoor climate-controlled storage rooms with high-tech security features at affordable price points. Renovations of the 28,484-square-foot building are scheduled to be completed in spring 2022.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of West Rome will also provide customers with truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment and professional hitch installation, boxes and moving supplies, U-Box® portable storage containers, and green programs like Take A Box, Leave a Box to benefit the local community.

“U-Haul has a longstanding history of reuse, aiming to give old buildings a new purpose,” said Doug Weston, U-Haul Company of Atlanta North president. “This particular movie theater was built in 1983. We’re excited to add it to our portfolio of adaptive reuse projects. We’ve converted everything from malls to big box stores. This responsible corporate model allows us to preserve a city’s history while also removing blight.”

Weston expects to employ at least 12 people. U-Haul will look to hire locally to support job growth within the Rome community. U-Haul, honored as a “Best for Vets 2020” leading veteran-friendly employer by The Military Times, actively recruits veterans and gives them preference in the hiring process. Find U-Haul careers at uhauljobs.com.



Home sales in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties were up, by double digits. The Northwest Metro Association of Realtors shared these numbers for September. Home sales had slowed down for several months, and were below reports for the same months in 2020. That has changed. The Greater Rome Board of Realtors also posted a 5.1% gain.

Floyd County | September 2021

  • Total single family home sales: 124 (16.5% increase)
  • Median sales price: $217,500 (27.1% increase)
  • Total active listings: 160 (21.8% decrease)
  • New listings: 151 (down 4.4%)

Bartow County | September 2021

  • Total single family home sales: 171 (18.8% increase)
  • Median sales price: $260,000 (10.6% increase)
  • Average sales price: $288,000 (8.7% increase)
  • Total active listings: 175 (16.3% decrease)
  • New listings: 156 (10.9% decrease)
  • Month’s Supply: 1.2 (17.9% decrease)

Gordon County | September 2021

  • Total single family home sales: 62 (10.7% increase)
  • Median sales price: $228,500 (31.3% increase)
  • Average sales price: $246,000 (26.2% increase)
  • Total active listings: 109 (29.8% increase)
  • New listings: 86 (53.6% increase)
  • Month’s Supply: 2.1 (36.7% increase)
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