Business: Popeye’s adds signage, landscaping in preparation of East Rome opening. Harbor Freight coming to Calhoun; third area location. Rome Floyd Chamber Expo shifts to Jan. 13.

Business: Popeye’s adds signage, landscaping in preparation of East Rome opening. Harbor Freight coming to Calhoun; third area location. Rome Floyd Chamber Expo shifts to Jan. 13.

 

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East Rome Popeye’s just about ready: It was a busy week at the construction site on Turner McCall for the crews preparing Rome’s next Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. Much of the signage went up, complimenting the brick and aqua blue trim work. The site, formerly home of Long John Silvers/A & W, was in the headlines 11 months ago as area residents fought some of the changes proposed by the developers. Even after one vote failed, the project — as planned — got a green light and demolition/construction has been under way for much of 2021. We have notes out to the company seeking an actual opening date. Our guess: Under two months.

  • What we’re watching next on Turner McCall: The fate of Elder’s Ace Hardware location as it relocates from between Taco Bell and Zaxby’s to the former IGA off Shorter Avenue after the first of the year.

Harbor Freight growing again; Calhoun next. Bids are sought on bringing Harbor Freight Tools to Calhoun. Several sites are showing project costs of $200,000 to $299,000 but little else other than a Calhoun location. We have notes into the company. Advertising already is under way for a store manager.

  • Harbor Freight opened in West Rome in January 2012 and the Cartersville store came online over Labor Day 2020.
  • The company is based in Calabasas, Calif., and has  more than 1,000 locations employing more than 20,000 people.

For years, the Rome Floyd Chamber had been a fixture over the first weekend of November. The plan has changed with the Expo, at the Forum, returning Jan. 13. Booth rentails are under way with early bird rates of $290 expiring Nov. 30. Rates rise to $340 after that. Click here for more.

The hours (all Thursday, Jan. 13):

  • Open to the community, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Vendors networking, 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Chamber members’ business after hours, 5:30-7 p.m.
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