Category Archives: Business

Business: $70 million industrial park, with four buildings and 953,000 square feet under roof, proposed for Bartow County.

Business: $70 million industrial park, with four buildings and 953,000 square feet under roof, proposed for Bartow County.

Another industrial park is targeting Bartow County, north of Cartersville near Peeples Valley Road. Transwestern Development Co. wants to build four buildings with a combined 953,000 square feet under roof. The project cost is estimated at $70 million and is expected to generate $700,000 a year in taxes, based on the Development of Regional Impact… Read more

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Have some old tweets that might mean future trouble? Darlington grad’s ScrubSome really is the app for that.

Have some old tweets that might mean future trouble? Darlington grad’s ScrubSome really is the app for that.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net With “cancel culture” at an all-time high these days, some may wish they could go back and delete some derogatory social media posts. Rome native and Darlington graduate Chase Pittman has created a program to do just that … clean up your social media. Launched last week, ScrubSome is described as a… Read more

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Business: Marble Slab/Great American Cookie has a ways to go in Cartersville — but looking good. Century Bank continues redo of Main Street office.

Business: Marble Slab/Great American Cookie has a ways to go in Cartersville — but looking good. Century Bank continues redo of Main Street office.

  Perhaps the most asked question we’re getting these days involved a “double header” heading to Main Street Commons in Cartersville — the arrival of Marble Slab Creamery/Great American Cookie. An absolute definite, for sure, but there’s still some work to do inside the store based on our bit of drive-by journalism on Saturday. The tandem is… Read more

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Business: Deposits up at banks serving Northwest Georgia through June 30 of this year vs. same period last year.

Business: Deposits up at banks serving Northwest Georgia through June 30 of this year vs. same period last year.

  The annual deposit summaries from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. through June 30 of this year are now available for Northwest Georgia. Below please find the reports for Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties as well as a quick summary on each. Each county reported a nice increase in overall deposits from the same period… Read more

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(Updated) Jobs: 400 more jobs in August as first-time jobless claims plunge 50% vs. July of this year.

(Updated) Jobs: 400 more jobs in August as first-time jobless claims plunge 50% vs. July of this year.

  The first look at August’s employment report for Northwest Georgia: Rome/Floyd had 41,900 jobs in  August, up  400 from July and an increase of 100 from August 2019. First-time unemployment claims fell by around 50 percent in each county (see above graphic), or from 14,193 claims in July 2020 to 6,550 last month. However,… Read more

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Business: State introduces export directory connecting Georgia suppliers to global buyers.

Business: State introduces export directory connecting Georgia suppliers to global buyers.

  Media release: The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade division is announcing a new marketing tool created to provide virtual connections between international buyers and Georgia suppliers. The new Export Georgia, USA Directory provides Georgia businesses with the global connections they need to reach new markets and diversify their international customer base. The site (www.georgia.org/export)… Read more

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Business: Next six months to be dominated by openings at East Bend. Two restaurants debut in October, three more in December, retail in early spring.

Business: Next six months to be dominated by openings at East Bend. Two restaurants debut in October, three more in December, retail in early spring.

For months, we watched the demolition of Kmart and the out buildings followed by the grinding recycling of blocks and cement, all used to help resettle the 20-acre campus off Turner McCall and Hicks Drive. Within a month or so, we’ll see the first wave of East Bend’s restaurant swarm open with retail to follow.… Read more

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New duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road. City Commission to discuss rezoning request during Monday’s meeting, as well as $1.72 million TAD for Tennis Center hotel.

New duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road. City Commission to discuss rezoning request during Monday’s meeting, as well as $1.72 million TAD for Tennis Center hotel.

A new duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road at Raymond Avenue goes before the Rome City Commission on Monday for rezoning request. Property owner Daniel Lee (Jay) Stephenson is requesting rezoning from Low Density Traditional Residential and Office-Institutional to Duplex Residential to be able to construct up to four duplexes (eight units)… Read more

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Business: National marketing honors for Coosa Valley Credit Union. Ledbetter Properties praised for helping Panama City rebound.  Development authority meets Tuesday.

Business: National marketing honors for Coosa Valley Credit Union. Ledbetter Properties praised for helping Panama City rebound. Development authority meets Tuesday.

Coosa Valley Credit Union was recently honored with four MAC Awards in the marketing, advertising, branding and community engagement categories from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry nationwide. CVCU received Gold Awards for Culture/Internal Branding, Community Engagement and Video Marketing and a… Read more

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Business: Convenience store coming to corner of Second Avenue and Riverbend. Cabell’s Designs open house ends Saturday; Bale Street shop then switches into full studio mode.

Business: Convenience store coming to corner of Second Avenue and Riverbend. Cabell’s Designs open house ends Saturday; Bale Street shop then switches into full studio mode.

  Look for an independently owned convenience store to rise soon on an acre lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Riverbend Drive, across the four-lane from Rome Liquor & Tobacco (The Depot). The site at 529 E. Second Ave. was sold by Realtor Tom Sipp of Hardy Realty. The price: $360,000. Sipp says… Read more

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Business: Permits worth more than $3 million pulled for The Storage Hound coming to Technology Parkway and Mathis Drive.

Business: Permits worth more than $3 million pulled for The Storage Hound coming to Technology Parkway and Mathis Drive.

      The Storage Hound is well under way at 857 Technology Parkway and Mathis Drive, with pads in place and permits in hand. The building department’s latest report shows $3,080,250 in permits for buildings A through H have been approved. The main building, A, has a value of $855,000 with the others ranging from… Read more

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Business: Magnolia Place — assisted living at The Spires — opens in October. Renovation work on Glenwood Apartments off Martha Berry well under way; third project in the area.

Business: Magnolia Place — assisted living at The Spires — opens in October. Renovation work on Glenwood Apartments off Martha Berry well under way; third project in the area.

Magnolia Place, another part of The Spires at Berry College, opens in October.  As residents continue to settle into the new continuing care center on the campus of Berry College off Redmond, another level is about to open. Magnolia Place offers “Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation all under one roof. Beginning Sept.… Read more

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Business: Ann Taylor already gone from Calhoun outlets as email informs customers. Justice closes Rome, Calhoun spots. Also: What’s on the way.

Business: Ann Taylor already gone from Calhoun outlets as email informs customers. Justice closes Rome, Calhoun spots. Also: What’s on the way.

  This post from Ascena, parent company to a number of familiar retail brands, was released in July. The impact on Northwest Georgia has been swift: “The Company will continue to operate its Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey brands through a reduced number of retail stores and online. The final… Read more

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Business: ‘Big’ changes in the River District?

Business: ‘Big’ changes in the River District?

  Based on the signage alone, something “big” is coming to the River District in downtown Rome. Business Thom Holt, who owns the building, says it could be a different style of real estate firm coming to town. For now, nothing concrete. The exterior work alone has brought new life to the strip just above… Read more

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Business: National retail chain Gabe’s opening new store in Cartersville, how to apply for jobs.

Business: National retail chain Gabe’s opening new store in Cartersville, how to apply for jobs.

  National retailer Gabriel Brothers, Inc. is expanding into Georgia with a new Gabe’s store opening soon in the Cartersville Plaza Shopping Center off Nelson Street at Dixie Avenue. This will be the second Gabe’s store in Georgia with the other location in Fort Oglethorpe. The Cartersville store is coming to the old Rugged Wearhouse… Read more

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Business: Everjean consolidating on third floor of Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome.

Business: Everjean consolidating on third floor of Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome.

  More change for EverJean and Blue Sky Outfitter: EverJean, the former Spool of Dreams shop in Bridgepoint Plaza — is moving across the street to the top floor of Blue Sky Outfitter in the Cotton Block. It is the latest in a series of changes for the retailers, both owned by Elizabeth Watkins. The… Read more

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Media: As football returns, local radio station punts sports in favor of more country — Finebaum included just as the SEC season begins.

Media: As football returns, local radio station punts sports in favor of more country — Finebaum included just as the SEC season begins.

  The pandemic also has claimed Northwest Georgia’s only 24-hour sports station. The Jock at 99.5 FM and 1360 AM is gone with My K Country taking its place. The station is part of the Rome Radio Partners cluster. It is the equivalent of what people say each time another Mexican restaurant opens in Northwest… Read more

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Business: Look for a high-end nail salon in former Jandy’s spot; second one to open in recent weeks. Also: Cabell’s Designs sets premiere next week in River District.

Business: Look for a high-end nail salon in former Jandy’s spot; second one to open in recent weeks. Also: Cabell’s Designs sets premiere next week in River District.

    Since March, as the pandemic was just beginning to spread, Andy Morris closed Jandy’s, his popular frozen yogurt shop that had helped anchor Rome Center with Blue Fin restaurant. A high traffic area, the assumption was owner Wayne Robinson would have a new tenant soon. That soon is now — or more precisely,… Read more

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