Category Archives: Business

Business: Jobless rate drops again across Northwest Georgia; all five counties below 4%.

Business: Jobless rate drops again across Northwest Georgia; all five counties below 4%.

  The local unemployment rates for May: Floyd: 3.6 percent, down from the previous month and from the same month last year. Bartow: 3.4 percent, down from April and down from May 2017. Gordon: 3.4 percent, down from the month before and from the same month in 2017. Polk: 3.7 percent, down from April of… Read more

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Business: ALDI’s grand reopening, ribbon cutting set for Thursday, June 28. What to expect that morning.

Business: ALDI’s grand reopening, ribbon cutting set for Thursday, June 28. What to expect that morning.

  Rome’s remodeled ALDI grocery at 836 Turner McCall Blvd. reopens Thursday, June 28, with an 8:25 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as a “golden ticket” giveaway for the first 100 shoppers to win select prizes as well as a chance at the “produce for a year” sweepstakes. Opened in August 2014 on the site where… Read more

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Downtown’s residential revival? Citing a ‘desire and need’ for more housing, owner gets OK from City Commission for ‘Clocktower Corners’ conversion. It’s the latest off-Broad living concept.

Downtown’s residential revival? Citing a ‘desire and need’ for more housing, owner gets OK from City Commission for ‘Clocktower Corners’ conversion. It’s the latest off-Broad living concept.

  It wasn’t that long ago that Rome’s Downtown Development Authority was hearing about the need for residential to help balance the continued evolution and revitalization of Broad Street. That “live-work-play” mantra stuck and we’ve since seen a surge in lofts along Broad Street and connecting streets — some with monthly rents of $1,300 a month… Read more

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Business Monday: Rockmart’s Captain D’s taking applications, close to opening. Middle Eastern Grill opens today on Broad Street. Post/wood mill operation moving to Coosa from Gore, according to AM 1180.

Business Monday: Rockmart’s Captain D’s taking applications, close to opening. Middle Eastern Grill opens today on Broad Street. Post/wood mill operation moving to Coosa from Gore, according to AM 1180.

Captain D’s of Rockmart is taking applications as the restaurant off U.S. 278 prepares to open. The above photo, from Saturday evening, shows just how close they are. The nearby Dairy Queen in Rockmart is taking applications and states interviews will be held around Wednesday of this week. The restaurant had a construction cost of… Read more

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Business: Renovations nearly complete at Rome ALDI store; reopening expected within next two weeks.

Business: Renovations nearly complete at Rome ALDI store; reopening expected within next two weeks.

  Renovations to the Rome Aldi store are nearing completion as the grocery store on Turner McCall next to Steak ‘n Shake prepares to reopen by the end of the month. All exterior renovations are complete with new logo signage installed. Crews were working Saturday to finish interior upgrades before restocking the store. Opened in… Read more

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Cartersville Business: Demolition complete at Chick-fil-A, plus new hours for ‘express’ location. Updates on Ross Dress for Less, Discount Tire.

Cartersville Business: Demolition complete at Chick-fil-A, plus new hours for ‘express’ location. Updates on Ross Dress for Less, Discount Tire.

As we noted earlier this week, the Chick-fil-A at Cherokee Place in Cartersville is now closed for renovations. The restaurant was demolished Friday to make way for a new, redesigned restaurant slated to open in October. In the meantime, an “express” location with a limited menu is open in the nearby shopping center. Starting today,… Read more

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Business: Jake’s on the Lake coming to Cedar Bluff. Duke’s just about ready for Broad Street opening. Chamber after hours this evening at Rome Braves’ game.

Business: Jake’s on the Lake coming to Cedar Bluff. Duke’s just about ready for Broad Street opening. Chamber after hours this evening at Rome Braves’ game.

Jake’s on the Lake coming to Cedar Bluff: This looks interesting. Jake’s on the Lake has set a noon Thursday, June 28, opening (EDT) off Ala. 9 (Ga. 20 on this side of the state line). Open for lunch, dinner and drinks (beer, frozen cocktails). The menu will feature Mahi Mahi tacos, sliders, barbecue and… Read more

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Business: Rome’s ever-evolving Kroger is at it again — this time, more meals-to-go, natural foods, soup and salad bar.

Business: Rome’s ever-evolving Kroger is at it again — this time, more meals-to-go, natural foods, soup and salad bar.

  Since opening in fall 2003, the Kroger at Riverbend Center off Turner McCall in Rome has been through some changes. It grew by almost 20,000 in recent years, saw a major upgrade to the pharmacy a year ago, recently added the “Click List” grocery pickup option and even the gas station has had a… Read more

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Business: Bass Pro ‘on hold to assess our plans and timing’ at LakePoint. The Dwarf House reunion (and link to 38 photos). Holland promoted at Yanmar.

Business: Bass Pro ‘on hold to assess our plans and timing’ at LakePoint. The Dwarf House reunion (and link to 38 photos). Holland promoted at Yanmar.

Bass Pro on hold with any LakePoint plans: When announced in December 2012, LakePoint Sporting Community was to feature a 100,000-square-foot Bass Pro retail outlet. Sixty-six months later, the signage is down and now LakePoint is going through reorganization as well as a bankruptcy filing. Where does that leave Bass Pro, now merged with down-the-road… Read more

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Jobs: 800 more jobs here in May vs. same month last year. But: First-time jobs claims also rise.

Jobs: 800 more jobs here in May vs. same month last year. But: First-time jobs claims also rise.

Local labor force: The good news is the number of people working in Rome/Floyd jumped 800 jobs compared to May 2017. That’s 100 more people working than in April of this year. May marked the second time this year the labor force has hit 41,600 people. First-time jobless claims: Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga see increases;… Read more

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(Audio added) LakePoint’s manager  says $30 million road, bridge through north campus already under way; 1.2 million guests due this year. Economic impact: $100 million a year.

(Audio added) LakePoint’s manager says $30 million road, bridge through north campus already under way; 1.2 million guests due this year. Economic impact: $100 million a year.

    THE LATEST On Wednesday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM,  Bob Zurcher, manager and chief financial officer at LakePoint, joined us to talk about what’s next for the campus following Monday’s bankruptcy filing. We’ll post the audio from the interview soon. Here are some of the highlights: LakePoint expects up to… Read more

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Updated: Mike Mathews leaving Russell Airport for similar spot in Athens-Clarke County. About Russell: ‘The airport holds a warm place in my heart.’

Updated: Mike Mathews leaving Russell Airport for similar spot in Athens-Clarke County. About Russell: ‘The airport holds a warm place in my heart.’

    In context: Here’s a stunner for not only the local aviation community but for Rome/Floyd’s business community as well. Mike Mathews, who has led operations at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field for 21 years, is leaving to take over as director of Athens-Ben Epps Airport in Clarke County, effective July 9. Mathews… Read more

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Business: Four third place honors for Rome News; three first-place wins for Daily Tribune News in Cartersville.

Business: Four third place honors for Rome News; three first-place wins for Daily Tribune News in Cartersville.

Annual Georgia Press Association awards presented: The Georgia Press Association honored the winners of the 2018 Better Newspaper Contestat the Jekyll Island Club during the group’s 132nd annual convention. Complete list here. Local winners Rome News-Tribune (division B, daily circulation of 8,000 to 17,999): Third place, humor column, Severo Avila Third place, investigative reporting, Spencer Lahr Third… Read more

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Business: The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 moving training complex to 90 acres in Cedartown North Business Park.

Business: The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 moving training complex to 90 acres in Cedartown North Business Park.

Media release: The Board of Trustees of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund and the membership of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 announce they will be relocating and expanding their training facility to 90 acres in the Cedartown North Business Park.  The investment will include land for heavy equipment training purposes that will… Read more

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Business Monday: Cartersville project also sees new commercial real estate player in Northwest Georgia. Gas prices down 3 cents a gallon across Georgia.

Business Monday: Cartersville project also sees new commercial real estate player in Northwest Georgia. Gas prices down 3 cents a gallon across Georgia.

  Streetside Retail, a new Atlanta commercial real estate investment and development company, is wasting no time in redeveloping the Los Reyes restaurant site at 122 N. Morningside Drive. One client already booked for the site is Peachtree Immediate Care. In an earlier interview, Bill Miller, chief executive officer of CRH Healthcare, confirmed the company is “taking about… Read more

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