Category Archives: Business

Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun to close as part of corporate collapse. Whatever happened to Shorter’s Corey Humphries.

Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun to close as part of corporate collapse. Whatever happened to Shorter’s Corey Humphries.

  Gymboree Outlet in Calhoun among stores closing nationwide: One of the favorites at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace is closing — Gymboree Outlet at 455 Belwood Road. It is part of the chain’s recent announcement that all Gymboree, outlet and Crazy 8 stores will close within a few months, citing a “changing retail environment.” The company… Read more

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Jobs: Rome/Floyd closes the year with 300-job game vs. December 2017 — but down 100 jobs from November.  Plus: Who’s hiring.

Jobs: Rome/Floyd closes the year with 300-job game vs. December 2017 — but down 100 jobs from November. Plus: Who’s hiring.

o The work force in Rome and Floyd County closed 2018 with 41,800 jobs, up 300 jobs from the previous December but down 100 jobs from November of last year. December was the second best month for jobs, following November. We started 2018 with 41,000 employees. Statewide, it was a banner with increases in jobs, work… Read more

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Business:  Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24.

Business: Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24.

Sidebar: Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority. Development From Hometown: As community speculation focuses on retirements and the next full-time leader of the Rome Floyd Chamber, an interim leader has been named. Jeanne Krueger takes over Jan. 24 even though 21-year president and chief executive officer Al… Read more

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Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

Amid still-undecided changes in the community’s economic development efforts, new members join Rome-Floyd Development Authority.

  Sidebar: Business:  Jeanne Krueger named interim director of the Rome Floyd Chamber, effective Jan. 24. Chamber Amid changes to how Rome/Floyd County recruit and retain industry, the group that could wind us with jurisdiction over future recruiting has a new lineup. On Tuesday, new members of the Rome-Floyd Development Authority were sworn in by Superior Court… Read more

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Business: A downer December for local Realtors as home sales fall nearly 18% to 32.4% in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties.

Business: A downer December for local Realtors as home sales fall nearly 18% to 32.4% in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon counties.

  Home sales stall in December for Greater Rome Realtors: There was a 20.5 percent year-over-year drop in home sales last month in Rome/Floyd County as 70 single-family homes changed hands. Also down: The average sales price was $126,851, a decline of 24.7 percent from the same month in 2017. Realtors also saw a 3.1… Read more

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Business is booming on Braves Boulevard with Lumina Coffee opening soon, RiverPoint Apartments fully leased, growth at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, plus more to come near State Mutual Stadium.

Business is booming on Braves Boulevard with Lumina Coffee opening soon, RiverPoint Apartments fully leased, growth at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, plus more to come near State Mutual Stadium.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Things are very busy along Braves Boulevard around State Mutual Stadium these days. With construction on Lumina Coffee nearing completion, some 124 new tenants at the RiverPoint Apartments, plus strong business at Bella Roma Grill and Line-X, there’s lots of development taking shape just as the Rome Braves gear up… Read more

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Business: Harper Home Design opening ‘Inspiration Gallery’ on Broad Street on March 1 to help with ‘new home creation, old home renovation or modern inspiration’.

Business: Harper Home Design opening ‘Inspiration Gallery’ on Broad Street on March 1 to help with ‘new home creation, old home renovation or modern inspiration’.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Husband and wife team Matt and Jessica Harper are bringing their Harper Home Design ‘Inspiration Gallery’ to Broad Street in March. The new shop focusing “new home creation, old home renovation and modern inspiration” for customers is coming to 424 Broad Street, former home of Tillman Insurance. “We’ve been building new… Read more

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DiPrima’s opens new store off Martha Berry. Moving sale today at original location just across the parking lot (50%-75% off).

DiPrima’s opens new store off Martha Berry. Moving sale today at original location just across the parking lot (50%-75% off).

  DiPrima’s Shoes’ new store on Martha Berry Highway is open. The store is twice the size of the original location across the parking lot. The new location gives DiPrima’s a chance to expand into apparel as well. In a Dec. 2 interview, President Judy Sloan said the store was adding “brands like Carhartt, Mountain Khaki, Columbia… Read more

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Business: Cedartown booming with three industrial sites under way. Logistics summit set for Cartersville March 14.

Business: Cedartown booming with three industrial sites under way. Logistics summit set for Cartersville March 14.

  Construction begins soon inside Cedartown’s North Business Park. A 90-acre site in the business park will be prepped for a large-scale relocation and expansion of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926. The investment will include land for heavy equipment training purposes that will include pipeline training excavation, and cranes as well as… Read more

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Business: Kmart site update (with rendering): Ledbetters say project worth $30 million, to feature 28 to 30 restaurants, retailers, other businesses. Also: Contract pending on former West Rome Burger King site.

Business: Kmart site update (with rendering): Ledbetters say project worth $30 million, to feature 28 to 30 restaurants, retailers, other businesses. Also: Contract pending on former West Rome Burger King site.

For a larger view of the above map, please click: http://bit.ly/KmartLedbetter Below please find a closer look at the potential plans for the former Kmart site in East Rome. What follows is a copy of the plan the Ledbetters sent to the city of Rome for review at Tuesday’s Redevelopment Committee meeting. “Ledbetter Development LLC proposes… Read more

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Ledbetter Properties offers overview of a retail/restaurant redevelopment option for former Kmart/strip center site in East Rome.

Ledbetter Properties offers overview of a retail/restaurant redevelopment option for former Kmart/strip center site in East Rome.

  Kmart site redevelopment/The bigger picture: Last summer, as Great Clips jumped from the small strip center shared with Little Caesar’s and Fastenal to neighboring Etowah Crossing, the buzz wasn’t coming from the ample supply of hair clippers in the shop. The buzz grew louder when the pizza shop closed (with eventual plans to build… Read more

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Business: Taylor Farm Supply in Cartersville just about ready for the move to Tennessee Street.

Business: Taylor Farm Supply in Cartersville just about ready for the move to Tennessee Street.

  In late August, the  Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce staged a groundbreaking as a longtime community favorite was ready to begin its move to new quarters. Not even five months later, Taylor Farm Supply in Cartersville is just about ready to open at 916 N. Tennessee St. The current location is at 12 Leake St. The announcement move… Read more

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