Category Archives: Business

Dining: How to ‘observe’ National Doughnut Day on Friday. Just another Mobile Monday at Truett’s Chick-fil-A this month during lunch hour.

Dining: How to ‘observe’ National Doughnut Day on Friday. Just another Mobile Monday at Truett’s Chick-fil-A this month during lunch hour.

  The Sweet Bar joins in National Doughnut Day celebration this Friday. “Join us on Friday, June 7, and receive a free glaze doughnut with any purchase! (One doughnut per transaction and while supplies last). We will be offering some new toppings, so you don’t want to miss out on this party.” The folks at… Read more

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Business: Find out why downtown Rome is really spicy these days at Gabee’s.

Business: Find out why downtown Rome is really spicy these days at Gabee’s.

  Downtown Rome has added a bit more spice. Gabee’s Cambodian House Market has opened at 5 E. Fourth Ave. in the former home of Ransom Floral Co. (since merger with Bussey’s). A first for our area? Open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Gabee Dawson is “introducing Southeast Asian ingredients, spices, goods, snacks,… Read more

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Business: Cedar Creek Park sold for over $1 million. New owners have no changes planned for the RV Park and Outfitter in Cave Spring.

Business: Cedar Creek Park sold for over $1 million. New owners have no changes planned for the RV Park and Outfitter in Cave Spring.

  According to deeds at the Floyd County Superior Court Clerk’s office, Cedar Creek Park, LLC at 6770 Cave Spring Road has been sold to Camp & Paddle, Inc. owned by John and Christianna Pike for a purchase price of approximately $1,008,000. The name will remain Cedar Creek Park RV and Outdoor Center. Previous owners James… Read more

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Business: Former Spool of Dreams now called ‘Everjean Boutique’ in Cotton Block. Former Girl Scout camp now open to public as Pine Acres Retreat on Lake Allatoona.

Business: Former Spool of Dreams now called ‘Everjean Boutique’ in Cotton Block. Former Girl Scout camp now open to public as Pine Acres Retreat on Lake Allatoona.

  The former Spool of Dreams located in the Cotton Block has a new name– Everjean Boutique. Store owner Elizabeth Watkins says she is rebranding the store with a new name to separate it from the Spool of Dreams location in Cartersville that she sold last year. “This one was the newer store and hasn’t… Read more

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Big Deals: Rome area home with about 6 acres sells for nearly $1.34 million, second largest home sale in Floyd County this month.

Big Deals: Rome area home with about 6 acres sells for nearly $1.34 million, second largest home sale in Floyd County this month.

  Northwest Georgia’s real estate market continues to sizzle this month: An upscale, private river side retreat on about 6 acres at 575 North River Road just sold for $1,335,000. The sale was handled by Bill Temple of Toles, Temple and Wright. It is the second largest sale in May following a 70-acre home/farm at… Read more

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Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1% in April even with 3,288 fewer people working. Also: Bartow snapshot.

Jobs: Region’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1% in April even with 3,288 fewer people working. Also: Bartow snapshot.

Media release:  Northwest Georgia region saw its unemployment rate fall in April. Preliminary results showed that the 12-county area posted monthly losses in labor force and employed residents. “We saw every region lower its rate and, in most of these cases, break its previous record,” says state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “If we can continue to grow… Read more

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Business: Another $3.37 million in building permits issued for The Spires at Berry College as new cottages get underway. Project on track to open June 2020.

Business: Another $3.37 million in building permits issued for The Spires at Berry College as new cottages get underway. Project on track to open June 2020.

The Spires at Berry College continues to rise quickly just off the Bypass as shown in the two photos taken from the overpass on Tuesday. The City of Rome just issued over $3.37 million in permits for the project for 23 cottages to be built along Running Deer Trail, Wright Way and Eagle Lake Trail in… Read more

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Business: In just 14 months, the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk has become the hot venue in downtown for everything from live music to weddings to business conferences.

Business: In just 14 months, the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk has become the hot venue in downtown for everything from live music to weddings to business conferences.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net As Rome High School’s 459 graduates lined up for Saturday’s ceremony, they had a cool place to do so…the Courtyard by Marriott’s Rome Riverwalk. Since the hotel officially opened in March 2018, it has quickly grown into the hot venue in Downtown Rome hosting a number of events including holiday dining,… Read more

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Business: Record reports for Greater Community Bank in the first three months of this year.

Business: Record reports for Greater Community Bank in the first three months of this year.

Media release: Greater Community Bank is beginning 2019 with strong financial results for the quarter ended March 31. Coming off of its second consecutive record-breaking year in 2018, Greater Community Bank reports net earnings of $659,000, making first quarter 2019 the most profitable quarter in the bank’s history. Highlights from the first quarter include a 15% increase in… Read more

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April unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in Gordon County, 3% in Bartow and 3.2% in Floyd and Polk counties. Chattooa at 3.4%

April unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in Gordon County, 3% in Bartow and 3.2% in Floyd and Polk counties. Chattooa at 3.4%

  County-by-county look at the jobless rate in April: Floyd: 3.2 percent. Trending: Down. Bartow: 3 percent. Trending: Down. Gordon: 2.8 percent. Trending: Down. Polk: 3.2 percent. Trending: Down. Chattooga: 3.4 percent.  Trending: Down. Media release: Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Rome added jobs again in April. According to preliminary data, Rome also managed… Read more

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Business: Dressbarn the latest national chain to announce local closing. Payless is almost gone while a fourth area Fred’s location is closing (others remain open). Regions closing West Rome branch in August.

Business: Dressbarn the latest national chain to announce local closing. Payless is almost gone while a fourth area Fred’s location is closing (others remain open). Regions closing West Rome branch in August.

  Dressbarn to close at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace; latest chain to cease operations: As the final days arrive for Payless Shoe Source, including the Rome store near IHOP, another reltail has announced plans to close. This time, it is Dressbarn, with the nearest store at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace off I-75 and Ga.53. Also already leaving… Read more

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Business: $22 million investment by Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper to run greatly expanded service to IP through West Rome.

Business: $22 million investment by Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper to run greatly expanded service to IP through West Rome.

  A partnership of Georgia Power, Atlanta Gas Light and International Paper is combining to run a much larger gas service line from Coosawatee to the IP plant in West Rome, a project valued at more than $22 million, says Bryan Batson of Atlanta Gas Light. While four times larger than the existing line, the… Read more

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Business: Greater Community Bancshares announces stock repurchase of up to $650,000.

Business: Greater Community Bancshares announces stock repurchase of up to $650,000.

  Media release: Greater Community Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Greater Community Bank, announces that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program that will enable the company to repurchase up to $650,000 of its common stock. “The Board’s decision to repurchase stock was based on the strength of the company’s balance sheet and capital… Read more

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Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

Fifth Avenue River District adds community bakery, commercial kitchen, third new business amid growth plans that could top $30 million.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net  Sunflour Community Bakery opens this week in Rome’s growing River District of Fifth Avenue, West Third Street and Avenue A. With renovation work under way at a few other nearby buildings, along with the planned $2 million special sales tax project for improving streetscapes, it’s just the start of more things to come… Read more

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Business: Building adjacent to Mount Berry Mall is up for auction on June 6. Broad Street building goes ‘under contract’.

Business: Building adjacent to Mount Berry Mall is up for auction on June 6. Broad Street building goes ‘under contract’.

    The vacant outparcel in front of Mount Berry Mall at 2730 Martha Berry Highway, the former home of Buchanan’s Sports Bar, will be on the auction block in June. Dempsey Auction Company will be auctioning the 8,600 square foot, free-standing building that has been vacant since the March 2016 closing of the sports bar… Read more

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Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

Buzz: Memorial Day Event planned a Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, May 26-27. West Rome Walmart’s grand re-opening for new online grocery pickup. Service coming to East Rome store soon.

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New Murphy USA station near East Rome Walmart flying together. New Waitr delivery service debuts in Rome, seeks drivers. Food City breaks ground on a nearly 41,000-square-foot Calhoun location Thursday.

New Murphy USA station near East Rome Walmart flying together. New Waitr delivery service debuts in Rome, seeks drivers. Food City breaks ground on a nearly 41,000-square-foot Calhoun location Thursday.

  The new Murphy USA fuel center is rising quickly atop the former location at the East Rome Walmart off U.S. 411 and Callier Springs Road. The popular fill-up spot — which featured a small store with walk-up service and restrooms, closed April 24. The new location is scheduled to open this summer.  It is… Read more

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Jobs: 900-job increase from April 2018 to last month in our area but first-time jobless claims also spike in Floyd County, fall in Bartow County.

Jobs: 900-job increase from April 2018 to last month in our area but first-time jobless claims also spike in Floyd County, fall in Bartow County.

EMPLOYMENT HEADLINES Rome/Floyd County sees a 900-job spike in 12 months with 200 jobs added since March. State jobless rate drops to 3.8 percent vs. 4.2 percent in April 2018. Initial jobless claims by county: Floyd, 433 claims, up from March and from April a year ago; Bartow, 180 claims, down from previous months; Chattooga,… Read more

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Business: ‘East Bend Effect’ begins as closing Payless location plays up proximity to retail center. Also: City Commission OKs TAD; now goes to county for review.

Business: ‘East Bend Effect’ begins as closing Payless location plays up proximity to retail center. Also: City Commission OKs TAD; now goes to county for review.

  Here’s an interesting look at the proposed East Bend retail center courtesy of the company marketing the Payless Shoe Source location for lease as that business winds down. New to us, at least, is how the East Bend footprint lays out. Note the big anchor — some now believe that is Kohls — lays… Read more

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