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Business: Ground broken on 420,000-square-foot warehouse off Ga. 53 by company that bought Big Time Products. Also: Look for the Fairfield Inn at the tennis center to open in a few more weeks. Textron cuts ribbon in Bartow.

Business: Ground broken on 420,000-square-foot warehouse off Ga. 53 by company that bought Big Time Products. Also: Look for the Fairfield Inn at the tennis center to open in a few more weeks. Textron cuts ribbon in Bartow.

  That’s a nice-sized warehouse on the way. It will rise off Ga. 53 on the southside of the Balta campus, says Missy Kendrick, president and chief executive officer of the Rome Floyd Development Authority. The Hillman Group, which bought Big Time Products more than three yeas ago, plans a regional headquarters/combined facility there. In… Read more

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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. ‘

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… Read more

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Business: Sale closes on former Fred’s in Armuchee; 24/7 storage on the way. 5 honored at Greater Rome Realtors’ luncheon. Planning Commission to review Crestwood land, changes for coffee, car shops at American Legion site.

Business: Sale closes on former Fred’s in Armuchee; 24/7 storage on the way. 5 honored at Greater Rome Realtors’ luncheon. Planning Commission to review Crestwood land, changes for coffee, car shops at American Legion site.

  The former Fred’s location Armuchee has sold and look for 24/7 storage from Brian Spears there soon. He earlier won a special use permit to reshape the interior of the former retailer at 4111 Martha Berry to allow climate-controlled storage in Armuchee. The application cites “climate controlled storage is in high demand and short… Read more

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Banking: Dwight Stout returns to Greater Community Bank as Senior Vice President, Lending Officer. Also: Dividend at RCB Financial.

Banking: Dwight Stout returns to Greater Community Bank as Senior Vice President, Lending Officer. Also: Dividend at RCB Financial.

Media release: Dwight Stout has joined Greater Community Bank as Senior Vice President, Lending Officer. Dwight served as a valuable member of the Greater team from the bank’s beginning in 1996 to 2010, serving as President from 2005 – 2010. Most recently, Stout served as the Executive Vice President of Mount Vernon Bank in Vidalia, GA.… Read more

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Business: Pam Powers-Smith named Rome Floyd Chamber’s president and CEO, the third person to hold that title since January 2019.

Business: Pam Powers-Smith named Rome Floyd Chamber’s president and CEO, the third person to hold that title since January 2019.

  In context: The Rome Floyd Chamber has its third president/chief executive officer in as many years. Pam Powers-Smith, who had served as the chamber’s interim leader since Jeanne Krueger announced her resignation in early November, is now her official replacement. Krueger replaced Al Hodge who retired in January 2020 after more than 20 years… Read more

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Business: New home of Buffalo Wild Wings on the market for just over $3 million. October was an up month for Greater Rome Realtors.

Business: New home of Buffalo Wild Wings on the market for just over $3 million. October was an up month for Greater Rome Realtors.

Even as refit continues, the pending home of Buffalo Wild Wings in Rome is on the market: You can watch the renovations under way at the most recently home of O’Charley’s on Turner McCall on the commute each day. Current plans call for Buffalo Wild Wings to open there by March (maybe sooner). Bull Realty… Read more

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Weekend observations: #SmallBizSat needs a steroid shot, special sales — and the support of area shoppers anxious to keep their dollars working in Northwest Georgia.

Weekend observations: #SmallBizSat needs a steroid shot, special sales — and the support of area shoppers anxious to keep their dollars working in Northwest Georgia.

Today is another mostly low key acknowledgement of Small Business Saturday in Northwest Georgia. Sure, the social media posts are up urging you to shop where you live but that’s about where it stops. What we’ve found so far: A few special Saturday-only deals; a handful of local “testimonials” about why spending local keeps dollars… Read more

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Business: Summit Hill names Steve Goodyear president. Also: Bartow, Gordon counties see home sales slow in October — but the average price of those that sold jumped 12.7% to 33.8%

Business: Summit Hill names Steve Goodyear president. Also: Bartow, Gordon counties see home sales slow in October — but the average price of those that sold jumped 12.7% to 33.8%

From QSR: Summit Hill Foods announced that Steve Goodyear, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing has been promoted to the position of president of Summit Hill Foods, Inc.  “I am excited and honored to lead Summit Hill Foods. It is an exciting time for our business as we continue to grow both our retail brands… Read more

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Business: Agile Cold Storage plans Dec. 15 grand opening of 150,000-square-foot campus in Cartersville, employing up to 70 people.

Business: Agile Cold Storage plans Dec. 15 grand opening of 150,000-square-foot campus in Cartersville, employing up to 70 people.

Fourteen months after announce plans to open a 150,000-square-foot campus in Cartersville, Agile Cold Storage has scheduled a Dec. 15 grand opening at 400 Hamilton Crossing Road. When announced in October 2020, the plan was to bring close to 70 jobs in Bartow County. A twin investment was planned in Gainesville as well, together valued at… Read more

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Jobs: Record-low unemployment rates recorded again in October for Floyd, Bartow counties. Plus: Regional report.

Jobs: Record-low unemployment rates recorded again in October for Floyd, Bartow counties. Plus: Regional report.

Media release: Rome recorded an unchanged all-time low unemployment rate of 2.4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.6 percent. “We are continuing to see all-time low unemployment rates across the state along with job growth in all of our statistical areas,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The focus now is getting more Georgians into… Read more

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Business: Harbor Freight Tools hopes to open in former Office Depot spot by spring, bringing 25 to 30 jobs to Calhoun.

Business: Harbor Freight Tools hopes to open in former Office Depot spot by spring, bringing 25 to 30 jobs to Calhoun.

The Calhoun location of Office Depot closed in May but the site apparently won’t be idle for long. It will soon be home to Harbor Freight Tools following a refit of the store at 389 Belmont Drive. It will become the third Harbor Freight in our area (Rome and Cartersville) and the 43rd location in… Read more

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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.

  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… Read more

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Business: Hotel just off Turner McCall, Avenue A on the market. Coosa Valley Credit Union, members finally get a chance to celebrate the new office at 1307 Redmond Road.

Business: Hotel just off Turner McCall, Avenue A on the market. Coosa Valley Credit Union, members finally get a chance to celebrate the new office at 1307 Redmond Road.

  While all eyes are on the March arrival of Buffalo Wild Wings up front, the OYO hotel behind it, off Avenue A along the Oostanaula River, is on the market for $1.75 million. It features 44 rooms and is an easy walk to the River District and downtown Rome. Larry Cagle of Hardy Realty,… Read more

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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 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… Read more

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Business: Make that triplets — another 1.84 million square feet of warehouse space worth $190 million planned in Gordon County near recently announced Union Grove projects.

Business: Make that triplets — another 1.84 million square feet of warehouse space worth $190 million planned in Gordon County near recently announced Union Grove projects.

  In recent years, we’ve discussed the “Bartow Boom” as manufacturers and warehouses have lit up I-75 from Emerson to Adairsville. We’re going to need to designate a nickname for Gordon County as well as the third large development is now on the drawing boards. Trade Point 75 is proposed for Dodd’s Avenue, Union Grove Church… Read more

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Business: Union Grove North, a ‘cousin’ to the slightly smaller south proposed campus, up for review. 1 million square feet under roof; more than $80 million to develop.

Business: Union Grove North, a ‘cousin’ to the slightly smaller south proposed campus, up for review. 1 million square feet under roof; more than $80 million to develop.

Union Grove North proposed for Gordon County. An 1,002,000-square-foot cousin to recently announced Union Grove South is now under consideration for Gordon County. More than 19% larger than the first site, this project is from the same group — Hillwood developers — basically just up the road (and a left) from the first site. The north site… Read more

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Jobs: More people were working in Floyd County in October than anytime in the past 13 months (41,500 jobs). First-time jobless claims down 12.8% to 27.9% in NW Georgia.

Jobs: More people were working in Floyd County in October than anytime in the past 13 months (41,500 jobs). First-time jobless claims down 12.8% to 27.9% in NW Georgia.

Some 41,500 people had jobs in Floyd County in October, the most over the past 13 months, according to state Department of Labor reports. That’s a 1,200-job surge vs. October 2020. That’s a 600-job increase since September of this year. First-time jobless claims across the region in October trended as follows: Floyd: 230 initial claims,… Read more

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