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Business: Home sales down 20.5% but prices mixed for Northwest Georgia homebuyers, sellers in May vs. a year earlier.

Business: Home sales down 20.5% but prices mixed for Northwest Georgia homebuyers, sellers in May vs. a year earlier.

It was a sluggish May for home sales in Northwest Georgia, based on stats from the previous year. It is another downtown that can be blamed on the pandemic even though online interest in the home market was very high. The Greater Rome Board of Realtors saw nearly a 38 percent drop in sales in May,… Read more

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Business: Prime downtown Rome spot on the market for $450,000 — with parking.

Business: Prime downtown Rome spot on the market for $450,000 — with parking.

A key corner in the downtown neighborhoods is on the market for $450,000, offering 5,160 square feet and 17 dedicated parking spots. The current home of The Tree of Life Bible Society at 710 E. First St. is listed as the society “has outgrown this building and will be relocating in the Rome area,” according… Read more

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Business: As first half of 2020 ends, some big minuses but also hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment across Northwest Georgia despite the pandemic.

Business: As first half of 2020 ends, some big minuses but also hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment across Northwest Georgia despite the pandemic.

    As we close the first half of 2020, is has been a rough one on retail. It started with the closing of Pier 1 at Riverbend Center and now the second major anchor at Mount Berry Mall is closing, JC Penney. We’ve seen a handful of smaller changes throughout the regional as well… Read more

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Business: Second downtown Rome studio on the way as Playa Azul Media moves in above Jamwich.

Business: Second downtown Rome studio on the way as Playa Azul Media moves in above Jamwich.

  In context: Here’s another update on the sale of 510 Broad St. and what’s ahead above Jamwich (no changes there). The $390,000 deal closed earlier this month and involves the circa 1901 building with 8.733 square feet under roof. Debra McDaniel of Toles, Temple & Wright was the selling agent; Bill Summer of Hardy Realty was the listing agent. Summerville attorney Bobby Lee… Read more

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Business: Bartow ‘boom’ continues with $35 million Wellmade Flooring investment off Busch Drive, creating 240 jobs. Second big announcement this week in NW Georgia.

Business: Bartow ‘boom’ continues with $35 million Wellmade Flooring investment off Busch Drive, creating 240 jobs. Second big announcement this week in NW Georgia.

In context: This is a banner week for Northwest Georgia with another major investment. On Wednesday, Creative Flooring Solutions — a manufacturer of laminate, wood and luxury vinyl tile — announced plans to add 300 jobs and invest more than $70 million in a new manufacturing facility in Calhoun. (Original post).  So add the total investment in… Read more

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Jobless drops in May across Northwest Georgia but more than 13,800 people listed as unemployed (vs. 20,800 in April).

Jobless drops in May across Northwest Georgia but more than 13,800 people listed as unemployed (vs. 20,800 in April).

Northwest Georgia began to recover from pandemic-induced job losses in May but not by much. While reports from last month were improved vs. April, a look at May 2019 numbers show how much had changed in just a few months. Gordon County posted the lowest jobless rate, 7.4 percent, for the month; Chattooga was the… Read more

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Business: Creative Flooring Solutions (laminate, wood, luxury vinyl tile) bringing 300 jobs, more than $70 million investment to Calhoun.

Business: Creative Flooring Solutions (laminate, wood, luxury vinyl tile) bringing 300 jobs, more than $70 million investment to Calhoun.

Media release: Gov. Brian P. Kemp on Wednesday announced that Creative Flooring Solutions — a manufacturer of laminate, wood and luxury vinyl tile — will create 300 jobs and invest more than $70 million in a new manufacturing facility in Calhoun. “We are thrilled that CFL has chosen Gordon County to expand their business operations to more… Read more

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Business: Two hotels nearing completion in Cartersville — with a pair also due in Calhoun this year.

Business: Two hotels nearing completion in Cartersville — with a pair also due in Calhoun this year.

Bartow’s hotel boom is continuing especially, at the entrances to Cartersville. And Calhoun has a few new players on the way. Perhaps most visible is the Courtyard by Marriott nearing completion adjacent to the Clarence Brown Conference Center across from the Bartow campus of Georgia Highlands College. It will feature 117 rooms, according to the… Read more

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Business: Ball’s aluminum cup campus quickly coming together in Shannon. Production slated to begin fourth quarter 2020.

Business: Ball’s aluminum cup campus quickly coming together in Shannon. Production slated to begin fourth quarter 2020.

    Construction continues on Ball’s new aluminum cup plant in Shannon, rising adjacent to Ball’s existing aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant. Production at the new plant is expected to begin in fourth quarter 2020, says Renee Robinson, director of Corporation Communications. “Construction is ongoing at the new cups plant in Rome and it is on… Read more

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No slow down here: High Voltage Prints gets a charge out of a new location. Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe doubles down on Martha Berry. Lobrillio’s Vienna brings a taste of Chicago to a familiar spot in West Rome.

No slow down here: High Voltage Prints gets a charge out of a new location. Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe doubles down on Martha Berry. Lobrillio’s Vienna brings a taste of Chicago to a familiar spot in West Rome.

It takes a lot of guts to move a successful business just off the Oostanaula River and West Third Street to a new location. Especially when that address, 174 Chatillon Road, most recently was used as one of the haunted houses during Halloween. Especially in the middle of a pandemic that slow most business dealings… Read more

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Another 25,186 jobless claims from Northwest Georgia filed in April, down from 43,217 in April. In May 2019: 817 claims combined from NW Georgia. State unemployment rate drops from 12.6% to 9.7%

Another 25,186 jobless claims from Northwest Georgia filed in April, down from 43,217 in April. In May 2019: 817 claims combined from NW Georgia. State unemployment rate drops from 12.6% to 9.7%

  More than 25,000 Northwest Georgians filed first-time unemployment claims in May, dwarfing 817 claims from the five-county area a year earlier but also down from the 43,217 applications in April of this year. The latest reports from the Georgia Department of Labor show month-over-month decreases, especially in Bartow County where April saw 16,521 claims… Read more

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Business: 510 Broad St., home of Jamwich, sold for $390,000; no changes to restaurant; architects to renovate, relocate upstairs.

Business: 510 Broad St., home of Jamwich, sold for $390,000; no changes to restaurant; architects to renovate, relocate upstairs.

  The colorful home of Jamwich as well as the vacant offices above it at 510 Broad St. have sold for $390,000. No changes are due at the popular restaurant. Debra McDaniel of Toles, Temple & Wright was the selling agent; Bill Summer of Hardy Realty was the listing agent. McDaniel says demolition and renovation… Read more

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Business: Chamber’s #ForBartow $10,000 Gift Card Giveaway on June 23 matches $100 gift card purchase to area restaurants, retailers. Online only, it starts at 10 a.m.

Business: Chamber’s #ForBartow $10,000 Gift Card Giveaway on June 23 matches $100 gift card purchase to area restaurants, retailers. Online only, it starts at 10 a.m.

  The Cartersville-Bartow Chamber has been in front of the pandemic recovery for months, quickly distributing information when member restaurants quickly converted to curbside/delivery service and promoting a series of video casts with members offering tips and advice. The biggest push was under the #ForBartow banner and on Tuesday, the latest idea went public. The… Read more

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Business: The Christmas shopping season will be different with JC Penney’s departure at Mount Berry Mall and the addition of East Bend retailers. What to expect five months out.

Business: The Christmas shopping season will be different with JC Penney’s departure at Mount Berry Mall and the addition of East Bend retailers. What to expect five months out.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Rome’s retail landscape has seen several changes in recent years with the closures of Sears, Kmart, Payless Shoes Source, Pier 1 Imports and now the going-out-of-business sale at JC Penney. With changes ahead at Mount Berry Mall, plus the construction of the East Bend development bringing some 20 to 28 new retailers… Read more

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Business: Development authority to review Kerry expansion deal; Northwest Regional Industrial Park back on the market.

Business: Development authority to review Kerry expansion deal; Northwest Regional Industrial Park back on the market.

  The Rome Floyd Development Authority meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at 800 Broad St. with the agreement for Kerry Foods’ expansion up for additional review and comment. In March, Kerry Group announced a $125 million expansion/reinvestment here, its largest-ever capital expenditure investment. The project will employ more than 400 people during the construction phase and… Read more

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