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Business: Public Service Supply plans Oct. 18 in Armuchee with uniforms for first responders, scrubs, more. Nearby former Fred’s could become indoor storage

Business: Public Service Supply plans Oct. 18 in Armuchee with uniforms for first responders, scrubs, more. Nearby former Fred’s could become indoor storage

Public Service Supply and Apparel opens next month in Armuchee. This is a great idea, incorporating first responder and healthcare uniforms into one stop at 3150 Martha Berry Highway in the site mostly recently home to Unique Interiors. Oct. 18 is the tentative opening date as the owners are “awaiting a building modification that has to… Read more

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Business: Plymouth Industrial REIT to build 236,600-square-foot spec building in Shannon for future development.

Business: Plymouth Industrial REIT to build 236,600-square-foot spec building in Shannon for future development.

In context: A very busy two months continue for the Rome Floyd Development Authority with the latest announcement confirming a midsized “spec” building in the red-hot Shannon area (Ball Corp. and others nearby). Plymouth Industrial REIT’s Georgia properties range from 32,661 to 320,000 square feet. The development authority has been working to purchase more than 200… Read more

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Real estate: Home sales in August were up in Floyd vs. a year ago but down in Bartow, Gordon counties. Rome firm offering real estate courses in October, November.

Real estate: Home sales in August were up in Floyd vs. a year ago but down in Bartow, Gordon counties. Rome firm offering real estate courses in October, November.

  Home sales in Rome/Floyd County were up in August from a year earlier but down from July of this year. In Bartow and Gordon counties, home sales overall were down but prices were up. The Northwest Metro Association of Realtors and the Greater Rome Board of Realtors share these numbers for August: Floyd County Total… Read more

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Business: ‘The Point,’ ‘North Fifth’ proposed for Martha Berry/Fifth Avenue makeover with 210 apartments, 18,000 square feet of retail and a parking deck.

Business: ‘The Point,’ ‘North Fifth’ proposed for Martha Berry/Fifth Avenue makeover with 210 apartments, 18,000 square feet of retail and a parking deck.

  A dominating mix of residential and retail is showcased in early plans for redeveloping  the Martha Berry/Fifth Avenue corridor. Those plans are due before the Rome-Floyd County Planning Commission on Oct. 5. Rumors have spun for much of the year of new multifamily housing on the site; the retail part is new to the… Read more

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Jobs: Floyd sees August jobless rate of 2.9%, Bartow even lower, 2.7% even as work force shrinks across Northwest Georgia.

Jobs: Floyd sees August jobless rate of 2.9%, Bartow even lower, 2.7% even as work force shrinks across Northwest Georgia.

From media releases: Rome/Florida saw a decrease in the unemployment rate over the month that was an all-time low for the area. In Cartersville, the jobless rate remained unchanged. “Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the… Read more

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Business: Rabbit’s Nest of Rome closing this Saturday; sixth retailer/restaurant on Broad Street this year. Polk site now listed among Georgia’s ‘Ready for Accelerated Development’ list.

Business: Rabbit’s Nest of Rome closing this Saturday; sixth retailer/restaurant on Broad Street this year. Polk site now listed among Georgia’s ‘Ready for Accelerated Development’ list.

The Rabbit’s Nest of Rome ending 10-year run this weekend. The retailer, which moved from East Rome to one of the retail slots at The Griffin at 215 Broad St., will close on Saturday. The clearance sale contines until then. The following post explains it all, including what’s next: “Our goal was 10 years and… Read more

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Business: Kohl’s to open Oct. 31 at East Bend in Rome. Three more on the way.

Business: Kohl’s to open Oct. 31 at East Bend in Rome. Three more on the way.

Rome’s new Kohl’s department store opens Oct. 31. That’s the official word on the retailer coming to 86 Hicks Drive at East Bend between Five Below and the soon-to-open Old Navy. According to the Ellen Panther, Kohl’s senior coordinator, public relations: “The 35,000-square-foot store will be an open concept layout with sleek, modern finishes throughout.… Read more

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Business: Shorter Avenue Starbucks opens today. Downtown Cartersville’s Bradley Building on the market for $2.1 million.

Business: Shorter Avenue Starbucks opens today. Downtown Cartersville’s Bradley Building on the market for $2.1 million.

Just in time for Pumpkin Spice Creme weather: The store at 2300 Shorter Ave. at the intersection of Tamassee Lane rose quickly after the former Hardee’s was demolished (the fast food spot closed two years ago last month). The Starbuck’s webpage lists the hours as 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Starbucks is… Read more

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Business: All-Star Properties pays $1.95 million for key part of Rome’s Cotton Block. Parent of Mount Berry Mall gives Macon mall to the community.

Business: All-Star Properties pays $1.95 million for key part of Rome’s Cotton Block. Parent of Mount Berry Mall gives Macon mall to the community.

Preauction bid of $1.95 million gets 111, 113,  115-121 Broad St. shops. Thursday was the day Dempsey Auction had set to sell Dulaney Holding Company properties in Rome’s Cotton Block. A preauction offer of $1.95 million was presented and was accepted late Wednesday afternoon for the properties. The buyer is All-Star Properties. What was included… Read more

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A decade after closing, the state sells the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site to the Rome-Floyd Development Authority in a deal funded by $2.25 million in extra-penny tax revenue (per Rome News-Tribune).

A decade after closing, the state sells the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site to the Rome-Floyd Development Authority in a deal funded by $2.25 million in extra-penny tax revenue (per Rome News-Tribune).

    Last April, the Rome-Floyd Development Authority announced it wanted to take a closer look at the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital campus, closed a decade ago in a deal between the state and the feds. It was the latest concept for the large tract in West Rome. Earlier ideas had ranged from “Hope Village”… Read more

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Jobs: 1,000 more jobs last month vs. August 2020 but no change from July of this year. First-time jobless claims continue to drop from pandemic highs.

Jobs: 1,000 more jobs last month vs. August 2020 but no change from July of this year. First-time jobless claims continue to drop from pandemic highs.

Northwest Georgia’s first look at August employment trends is a good one. Compared to a year ago, 1,000 more people were working last month vs. August 2020. The labor force was at 40,600 vs. 39,600 12 months earlier. There was no change from July as we’ve stayed at about the same level going back to… Read more

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Business: Sign’s up at Old Navy as ‘opening this fall’ draws closer. Changes for Summerville restaurant. Latest business newsmakers.

Business: Sign’s up at Old Navy as ‘opening this fall’ draws closer. Changes for Summerville restaurant. Latest business newsmakers.

Sign of the times: With a fall opening drawing closer, the sign is finally up at Old Navy coming soon to East Bend adjacent to Kohl’s (also due soon). On Tuesday,were putting some final touches on the sign and the store’s exterior. We still don’t have an opening date but hiring is continuing. You can… Read more

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Business: Ulta Beauty targeting mid-November opening at Riverbend Center in Rome. Plus: New Popeye’s wasting no time on Turner McCall.

Business: Ulta Beauty targeting mid-November opening at Riverbend Center in Rome. Plus: New Popeye’s wasting no time on Turner McCall.

Ulta Beauty plans soft opening followed by grand opening around mid-November. That’s the latest work from the corporate office for the new store at Riverbend Center off Turner McCall, going into the former Pier 1 spot. Store hours will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m.… Read more

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Business: Fairfield Inn adjoining tennis center gets closer by the day; some hiring under way. Chattanooga paper to end daily print edition in June 2022, switch to digital; Sunday paper will remain.

Business: Fairfield Inn adjoining tennis center gets closer by the day; some hiring under way. Chattanooga paper to end daily print edition in June 2022, switch to digital; Sunday paper will remain.

  The potential for the Fairfield Inn & Suites rising off the Armuchee Connector was evident Friday afternoon. Despite pandemic conditions, more than 200 players were at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College for the  USTA Southern Junior Ozaki Cup. On hand were students from ages 12 to 18 representing Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas,… Read more

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Business: 525-home development proposed east of Calhoun on Ga. 53 valued at $155 million. There’s a new brunch option in downtown Rome.

Business: 525-home development proposed east of Calhoun on Ga. 53 valued at $155 million. There’s a new brunch option in downtown Rome.

Seven Lights Investments LLC of Adairsville is proposing a major residential community off Ga. 53 east of Calhoun as you head toward Sonoraville. Proposed are 360 single-family homes as well as 165 townhouses. Buildout is expected to take three years.  The project is valued at $155 million with a total tax impact of $3.67 million a… Read more

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