Business: RaceWay in West Rome to open on Dec. 8; to feature hot food, coffee and fountain drinks, and dedicated ‘diesel island. ‘

Business: RaceWay in West Rome to open on Dec. 8; to feature hot food, coffee and fountain drinks, and dedicated ‘diesel island. ‘

A look outside the RaceWay in West Rome on Wednesday morning. Hometown photos.

The RaceWay at 2459 Shorter Ave. across from Jack’s and Sonic will open on Dec. 8, owner Johnny Adhikari says.

At 10:30 that morning, the Rome Floyd Chamber will hold a ribbon cutting with the store opening to the public at 2 that afternoon.

Says Adkikari: “We will have expanded offerings of merchandise along with hot food like Krispy Krunchy and Hunt Brothers Pizza…  We offer fresh-made Beans-to-Cup Coffee and 72 flavors of fountain drinks with Coke Freestyle. We have a designated diesel island which offers “hi-flow” diesel for 18 wheelers.”

What to know:

  • RaceWay is affiliated with RaceTrac, which originally had plans for a West Rome location, its second in Floyd County (Armuchee). Those plans changed to the franchise-type model similar to the store in Rockmart in front of Walmart. According to the RaceWay website, “each of our locations is wholly owned by our parent company RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. RaceTrac owns the site, the building, and the gas facility. Franchisee income is driven by the profits made inside the store. RaceWay collects rent on the building but collects no profits from in-store sales. This unique way of doing business allows you to run a multimillion-dollar operation with a relatively low capital investment.”
  • RaceWay in West Rome has 3,700 square feet under roof.
  • It sits on Ga. 20 at Coker Drive on the former site of Winslette Pharmacy (now across the highway).
  • The store is open 24/7 and features eight fuel stations and three “high flow” diesel stations.
  • In addition to groceries and supplies, the store also has a cafe.

What’s next:

Another convenience store is on the way off Shorter and Burnett Ferry Road in West Rome (looking from Wingfield Street). Below, a site plan from 2020 for the store.  Hometown photo.

Work is under way on another convenience store, this one at Burnett Ferry and Shorter Avenue. Kenny Patel previously told Rome officials his plans include a 4,900-square-foot store at the intersection. Groundwork is under way.

 

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