Business: Scooter’s drive-through coffee shop, oil change location proposed for American Legion site. Plus: Rome Chamber earns accreditation.

Business: Scooter’s drive-through coffee shop, oil change location proposed for American Legion site. Plus: Rome Chamber earns accreditation.

The oil change business (top of the image) would be adjacent to the offices of Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation.
The rezoning sign stands in front of the legion’s longtime headquarters.


The American Legion on Shorter Avenue could soon be replaced with Scooter’s coffee drive-through, oil change business: The Rome-Floyd Planning Commission is being asked to approve a zoning change on the American Legion Post 5 on Shorter Avenue, deeming the property community commercial as opposed to the current office institutional. If approved, it would give way to two new businesses — a Scooter’s coffee drive-through as well as an oil change operation.

Scooters was founded in 1998 in Bellevue, Neb. Two stores already are in Georgia — one in Marietta and another in Roswell. Background

The bid comes just after Starbucks opened a new shop further west on Shorter near Sam’s Club in the spot that once was home to Hardee’s. The oil change operation would be across from the newly opened Big Dan’s Car Wash and would fill the void on that end of town when other oil change companies left.

The request for 5 and 7 Shorter Ave. comes from Seeley Wallis Investments out of Nashville. The site covers 2.42 acres and the buildings together would have 4,000 square feet.  The planning commission meets again in December.

Background: There have been several proposed uses for the American Legion site in recent years, one taking in the adjoining property owned by Shorter University to bring in an Lidl grocer and other businesses. The legion has been anxious to downsize for years. There is a contract pending sign on the property as well.

Also, that stretch of Shorter has been going through some revitalization in recent years. Just recently, Big Dan’s opened its first of two car washes in Rome. Earlier, the Mathis Hardware site was cleared for it, leaving a vacant lot adjoining it, currently being used by Icicle Mountain Christmas trees. Behind it, Mathis True Value Hardware has been growing with Dos Bros. Mexican Grill added as well.

Rome-Floyd Chamber now certified by state association: In 2011, the Georgia Association of Chambers of Commerce’s Board of Directors sought a way to recognize Chambers of Commerce in the state that have focused internally on their operations to assess their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities to create efficient, effective organizations positioned to deliver great value. Thus, the Georgia Certified Chamber program was created.
The purpose of the program is to facilitate continuing excellence in the Chamber of Commerce industry and to foster a pro-business environment across the State of Georgia. Chambers must meet standards in organization, service intent and capacity, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy in order to achieve the designation.
Among those in the class of 2021 is the Rome-Floyd Chamber.
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