Business: Latest Broad Street sale should mean 4 to 5 new apartments. Texas Roadhouse now open in Cartersville. Ribbon-cutting set on new Bartow manufacturer. Rome’s Salvation Army Family Store comes home to Second Avenue.

Business: Latest Broad Street sale should mean 4 to 5 new apartments. Texas Roadhouse now open in Cartersville. Ribbon-cutting set on new Bartow manufacturer. Rome’s Salvation Army Family Store comes home to Second Avenue.

Sold on Broad Street? Adjacent to the recently rechirstened Rome Area History Center, this building at 307-311 Broad St. is under contract and likely now sold to Rome businessman Ira Levy. Larry Cagle of Hardy Realty was handling the sale. The listing carried a $525,000 price and included three retail spots on the first floor and 5,000 square feet of vacant space above them. Levy says look for four to five apartments to occupy the second floor.

Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. formally opens its manufacturing facility at 41 Busch Drive NE in Bartow County on Dec. 2. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and other events are part of the celebration. The company has been in the headlines in recent events, including hiring up to 60 employees at a September job fair. The company describes itself as:
a leading global provider of ground support equipment and service under the TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™, and Safeaero™ brands. Textron GSE offers a diverse product lineup of conventional and towbarless pushbacks, baggage tractors, tow tractors, belt loaders, single and dual operation deicers, ground power units, air starts, and air conditioning units. These products are built in world-class manufacturing facilities in Cartersville, Ga. and Trelleborg, Sweden, and serviced through airport service locations across the world. Textron GSE operates as part of the Textron Specialized Vehicles business.”

Margie Kent

Ribbon cut, steaks being cut to order: The folks behind Texas Roadhouse’s Cartersville restaurantpromised a Nov. 15 opening and they nailed it. The restaurant, the newest piece of Ledbetter Properties’ Main Street Marketplace, was the site of a Cartersville-Bartow Chamber ribbon cutting as well on Monday (photo courtesy of the chamber). The person doing the honors is managing partner Margie Kent (center and to the right). This is the chain’s second location in Northwest Georgia; the first opened at Rome’s East Bend restaurant-and-retail center last year and remains packed. The Cartersville location, off Main Street before the I-75 interchange, is open 3 until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday.

Texas Roadhouse’s opening ends the latest push of new players into the Cartersville market.

  • Also arriving in recent months was Chipotle in front of Academy Sports closer to the U.S. 41 side of Main Street.
  • In late spring, Largos opened just off Tennessee Street near Drowned Valley Brewing.
  • On the way in early 2022: The Mule House Pizza with a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 139 W. Main St.
  • And we continue to watch for activity near Tractor Supply across from Savoy auto museum as a possible home to The Varsity.

 


A busy Tuesday morning at the “back home” family store on Second Avenue. Hometown photo.

 

The Salvation Army’s Family Store is back and open at 308 E. Second Ave. in downtown Rome. Capt. Paula Blevins reports Monday was “a great first day with a lot of happy customers. We have a lot of new merchandise each day and look forward to seeing our regular and new customers.”

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The donation center there is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The West Rome location has closed.


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