Category Archives: Business

Business: Add Texas Roadhouse to the list of East Bend occupants. Also confirmed so far: Panda Express, Chipotle.

Business: Add Texas Roadhouse to the list of East Bend occupants. Also confirmed so far: Panda Express, Chipotle.

Yj The answer is: Three restaurants. The question: What has been confirmed so far for the East Bend development rising where Kmart was in East Rome? We get asked that question almost daily and the latest reports from the building department confirm Texas Roadhouse is building a $750,000 restaurant, one of the 20 to 28… Read more

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Business: Bekaert closing Shelbyville, Ky., plant; 100 to be laid off in January.

Business: Bekaert closing Shelbyville, Ky., plant; 100 to be laid off in January.

Bekaert, the Belgium company with a major plant in Rome, is laying off 100 workers on Jan. 13 at its Shelbyville, Ky., plant with plans to close it by late 2020, according to television station WDRB. A “skeleton crew of 12 employees” will remain there throughout 2020, the report says. Five years ago next week,… Read more

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Business: Prep work begins on Christmas Tree City; opens Nov. 25. Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm opens Nov. 29.

Business: Prep work begins on Christmas Tree City; opens Nov. 25. Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm opens Nov. 29.

    Christmas Tree City is taking shape for another season in front of State Mutual Stadium off the Bypass. The fence has been up for at least a week if not longer. The trees will arrive soon with sales beginning Monday, Nov. 25. The hours will be 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and… Read more

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Jobs: 1,000 more jobs in Rome/Floyd last month vs. October 2018. First-time job claims down in Floyd, up in Bartow, Gordon counties. State sets employment records.

Jobs: 1,000 more jobs in Rome/Floyd last month vs. October 2018. First-time job claims down in Floyd, up in Bartow, Gordon counties. State sets employment records.

  1,000 new jobs here vs. October 2018: Some 42,800 people were employed in Rome/Floyd County in October, the highest point in 13 months and up by 1,000 people from the same month in 2018. Compared to September, Floyd County added 300 jobs. One factor is fall gardening and Christmas season opportunities. First-time jobless claims:… Read more

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Business: Potential buyer identified for former Georgia Power building at Turner McCall and Broad Street; likely use — offices.

Business: Potential buyer identified for former Georgia Power building at Turner McCall and Broad Street; likely use — offices.

  IIt looks like that next big business deal we hinted about Monday is out — although one more could still be in the works this week. The former Georgia Power headquarters at 800 Broad St. at Turner McCall Boulevard has a potential buyer in Roger Manis, former owner of Apex Trucking, according to Wednesday’s Rome News-Tribune.… Read more

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Business: Frios Gourmet Pops moves in with Doug’s Deli Downtown in Rome; coolers also spotted in Coosa, Cartersville, Summerville. Sally Echols, J.J. Johnson and Charlie Culverhouse picked for Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2020.

Business: Frios Gourmet Pops moves in with Doug’s Deli Downtown in Rome; coolers also spotted in Coosa, Cartersville, Summerville. Sally Echols, J.J. Johnson and Charlie Culverhouse picked for Leadership Georgia’s Class of 2020.

  Frios Gourmet Pops has switched ends of Broad Street. Frios, which was at 202 Broad St. since opening in three years ago, has moved in with Doug’s Deli Downtown at 606 Broad St. Matt Robinson opened the franchise in the red-hot 200 block of Broad Street in October 2016 and it later was purchased… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank hires Dereck Roberts as Information Technology Manager. State tax collections dip 1.6%. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday.

Business: Greater Community Bank hires Dereck Roberts as Information Technology Manager. State tax collections dip 1.6%. Rome’s Downtown Development Authority meets Thursday.

Media release: The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank  welcome Dereck Roberts as Information Technology Manager. Roberts joins the bank with over 15 years of experience in Information Technology. An organized and highly motivated professional, he demonstrates the ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status. “I have enjoyed working with an… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes Cartersville lenders Richard Carlton and Tina Hudson. Georgia named top business climate for seventh consecutive year.

Business: Greater Community Bank welcomes Cartersville lenders Richard Carlton and Tina Hudson. Georgia named top business climate for seventh consecutive year.

Media release: The Board of Directors of Greater Community Bank is pleased to announce Richard Carlton has joined the bank as Vice President SBA Lending and Tina Hudson has joined as Vice President SBA Loan Administrator. Carlton, an experienced professional with an extensive background in commercial and industrial lending management, has nearly two decades of… Read more

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Business: Dulaneys sell three Rome Goo-Goo car washes to International Car Wash Group.

Business: Dulaneys sell three Rome Goo-Goo car washes to International Car Wash Group.

    In context: Rumored for months, the Dulaneys have sold their three Rome car washes to International Car Wash Group. The sites include the North Broad full service location as well as the shops on Shorter Avenue and the newest off Martha Berry across from the Armuchee Connector intersection. Media release: The International Car… Read more

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Business: Chicken Salad Chick’s parent company sold; founder Stacy Brown comments on what it means. Also:  New thrift store planned for West Rome at former Fred’s site.

Business: Chicken Salad Chick’s parent company sold; founder Stacy Brown comments on what it means. Also: New thrift store planned for West Rome at former Fred’s site.

  Chicken Salad Chick sold: Nation’s Restaurant News reports that “Brentwood Associates, a private-equity firm, has acquired a majority interest in SSRG Holdings LLC, owner of the Chicken Salad Chick brand. Los Angeles-based Brentwood and Atlanta-based Eagle Merchant Partners said terms of the deal were confidential.” Scott Deviney, the CEO of SSRG Holdings, continues in that role.… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bank earns ‘Banky Award’ from The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. LakePoint Station’s 12-lane bowling alley opens Dec. 2.

Business: Greater Community Bank earns ‘Banky Award’ from The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. LakePoint Station’s 12-lane bowling alley opens Dec. 2.

Media release: Greater Community Bank has been named among the top extraordinary banks in the United States by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking. Greater Community Bank was recognized with the Institute’s Banky Award for its commitment to strong community banking. This recognition is given to top community banks across the country to help people find the… Read more

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Business: Winthrop Memory Care Center celebrates ribbon-cutting in East Rome. Labor Department, Juvenile Justice to hold job fair Nov. 19.

Business: Winthrop Memory Care Center celebrates ribbon-cutting in East Rome. Labor Department, Juvenile Justice to hold job fair Nov. 19.

  Charles Williams REIC celebrated an open house and ribbon cutting at the new Winthrop Memory Care Center at 10 Highway 411 in Rome on Friday.  The 16-unit memory care center is for residents with dementia, memory loss or an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The memory center can accommodate 18 residents (two units are double occupancy). The former… Read more

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Business: Old Johnson Elementary School property on Morrison Campground Road to be auctioned for Floyd Schools on Nov. 22.

Business: Old Johnson Elementary School property on Morrison Campground Road to be auctioned for Floyd Schools on Nov. 22.

The Floyd County Board of Education has selected Dempsey Auction Company to auction the old Johnson Elementary School property at 1910 Morrison Campground Road.  “The old Johnson School property is no longer needed by the school system and the Board wants to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” says Lenora Doss, Public Relations Coordinator with… Read more

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Business: Lewis Chemical transitioning to an ’employee owned’ company as owners Gregg and Diane Lewis look to retire to Florida at year’s end. Plus, new leadership for Floyd GOP as Lewis steps down.

Business: Lewis Chemical transitioning to an ’employee owned’ company as owners Gregg and Diane Lewis look to retire to Florida at year’s end. Plus, new leadership for Floyd GOP as Lewis steps down.

Rome-based The Lewis Chemical Company is now transitioning to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) as owners Gregg and Diane Lewis plan to retire by the end of the year. The couple started the chemical manufacturing and sales company 13 years ago in Rome and have grown to 62 employees. “We are relocating to Florida as… Read more

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LakePoint adding $39 million, 200-room hotel, celebrating new north campus parkway. Also: New hires at the Emerson complex.

LakePoint adding $39 million, 200-room hotel, celebrating new north campus parkway. Also: New hires at the Emerson complex.

  In context: The formal announcement is out on the newest addition to LakePoint Sports — a 200-room hotel with a restaurant and rooftop terrace — as well as the new parkway opening the Emerson development’s north campus. The hotel is in addition to the Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn/Mainstay Suites both off Old Allatoona… Read more

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