Category Archives: Business

Updated: TEKLAS, a Turkish R & D company and supplier of electric vehicle parts, opening $6.5 million campus in Calhoun, hiring 120. Global Atlanta: It helps Georgia ‘carve out a niche in electric-vehicle production.’

Updated: TEKLAS, a Turkish R & D company and supplier of electric vehicle parts, opening $6.5 million campus in Calhoun, hiring 120. Global Atlanta: It helps Georgia ‘carve out a niche in electric-vehicle production.’

In context: For years, Northwest Georgia has been a player in the emergying “auto alley” stretching across Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Teklas now brings a new element to the second-tier auto parts market. From Global Atlanta, a different perspective: A supplier of automotive fluid circulation systems is setting up a factory in Gordon County,… Read more

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Business: Nearly $170 million in new projects along the ‘Berry Corridor’ capped off with groundbreaking for Fairfield Inn & Suites near tennis center.

Business: Nearly $170 million in new projects along the ‘Berry Corridor’ capped off with groundbreaking for Fairfield Inn & Suites near tennis center.

In context: The next big part of a multimillion-dollar investment on the north end of the community is under way even as a few others are in service — or likewise under construction. It starts with the $5 million indoor tennis courts added to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College last spring. The summer… Read more

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Bartow chamber offers $30,000 ‘gift card giveaway’ Nov. 17 where you spend $100, you get $100 added to it. The first one added $26,000 to the economy – and sold out in 9 minutes.

Bartow chamber offers $30,000 ‘gift card giveaway’ Nov. 17 where you spend $100, you get $100 added to it. The first one added $26,000 to the economy – and sold out in 9 minutes.

In context: As the financial impact of coronavirus grew, the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber launched the #ForBartow program to help guide area consumers to chamber members still in operation, many of which had taken steps to expand their appeal such as restaurants. As part of that, a $10,000 Gift Card match was launched in June —… Read more

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Business: The Highlands continues to grow at U.S. 411/Ga. 20 in Cartersville; what’s projected. Midian Roofing celebrates 20 years. Reality One plans Wednesday grand opening.

Business: The Highlands continues to grow at U.S. 411/Ga. 20 in Cartersville; what’s projected. Midian Roofing celebrates 20 years. Reality One plans Wednesday grand opening.

  Almost every trip through the revamped U.S. 411/Ga. 20 intersection these days seems to showcase more growth at The Highlands. Tractor Supply and Speedway were among the first, later joined by Harbor Freight. These days, the steel from the new Family Savings Credit Union office is dominant as is a retail spot closer to… Read more

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Business: Christmas trees arrive in Rome on Nov. 23. Icicle Mountain Christmas Trees coming to Shorter Avenue. Christmas Tree City remains near Braves Stadium. Cut your own at Silver Creek Tree Farm.

Business: Christmas trees arrive in Rome on Nov. 23. Icicle Mountain Christmas Trees coming to Shorter Avenue. Christmas Tree City remains near Braves Stadium. Cut your own at Silver Creek Tree Farm.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Fresh Christmas trees arrive in Rome in two weeks with a new vendor joining the local market. Icicle Mountain Christmas Trees will be opening on Shorter Avenue in the old Mathis Builders’ Hardware lot. They join Christmas Tree City which is returning for its 42nd season in Rome in front of State… Read more

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Business: Former Pier 1 Imports space to have new retail tenant in 2021. Texas Roadhouse to open Dec. 9. Latest East Bend updates.

Business: Former Pier 1 Imports space to have new retail tenant in 2021. Texas Roadhouse to open Dec. 9. Latest East Bend updates.

  The 9,520-square-foot former home of Pier 1 Imports at Riverbend Center is under contract, according to the Ledbetter Properties website. Pier 1 announced in January, prior to the pandemic, that it was closing stores and an inventory liquidation followed soon after. Wright Ledbetter, COO of Ledbetter Properties, says, “We do have a replacement tenant… Read more

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Business: Paul’s Oyster Bar on Alabama Highway sold to La Iglesia De Cristo De Rome for $170,000; church planning major changes.

Business: Paul’s Oyster Bar on Alabama Highway sold to La Iglesia De Cristo De Rome for $170,000; church planning major changes.

Thom Holt of Realty One Group Insight of Rome has sold the former Paul’s Oyster Bar to La Iglesia De Cristo De Rome. The restaurant — and Rome’s first microbrewery — was owned by state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and family, and had been on the market since the restaurant closed in 2012. The $170,000 deal closed… Read more

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Business: Groundbreaking Monday for Fairfield Inn & Suites at the tennis center. Move ‘Love’ coming to Emerson. ‘Trendy Teachers’ coming to Fifth Avenue in River District. 

Business: Groundbreaking Monday for Fairfield Inn & Suites at the tennis center. Move ‘Love’ coming to Emerson. ‘Trendy Teachers’ coming to Fifth Avenue in River District. 

  Even as groundwork is well under way, the next step in the 80-room Fairfield Inn & Suites adjcent to the Rome Tennis Center is set for Monday: ceremonial groundbreaking. Citing COVID concerns, a “small, concise ceremony” is planned to get the $12 million project under way. You may recall the recent decision by the… Read more

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Business: Now open, a virtual Rome Floyd Chamber expo (the famous after-hours will have to be on your own).

Business: Now open, a virtual Rome Floyd Chamber expo (the famous after-hours will have to be on your own).

  The need for entrepreneurism has never been greater than during the coronavirus pandemic, especially for existing businesses. With social distancing and other necessary safety precautions, even the oldest companies have to be innovative to survive. And thrive. The Rome Floyd Chamber faced that challenge with one of the headline events of the year, the… Read more

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579 homes, including senior housing, and retail part of $175 million project proposed off Chulio Road between Euharlee, Cartersville. Second big project in two weeks.

579 homes, including senior housing, and retail part of $175 million project proposed off Chulio Road between Euharlee, Cartersville. Second big project in two weeks.

  Just weeks after a massive mixed-use project was revived on U.S. 411 just west of the U.S. 41 interchange at Burnt Hickory comes news of another large project, The Stiles, listed as a $175 million planned unit development. The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is being asked by Smith-Douglas Homes to bless a project at… Read more

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Work under way on 10 townhouses in downtown Rome adjacent to the Federal Building and Rome News campus.

Work under way on 10 townhouses in downtown Rome adjacent to the Federal Building and Rome News campus.

    Work is under way on 10 townhouses planned off Sixth Avenue and Third Street between the federal courthouse and the Rome News-Tribune campus. Jay Barkstale of JFB Development plans matching two-bedroom, two-story homes, each with one garage space. The 0.644-acre had been used as parking but has sat mostly unused for years. After clearing… Read more

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Business: Mark Cochran adds commercial real estate agent to design, public service portfolio. Rome native John M. Hawkins joins Brinson Askew Berry. Celebrating Northwest Georgia’s, the state’s success story with Japan.

Business: Mark Cochran adds commercial real estate agent to design, public service portfolio. Rome native John M. Hawkins joins Brinson Askew Berry. Celebrating Northwest Georgia’s, the state’s success story with Japan.

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, Rome City Commissioner Mark Cochran (also of Cevian Design Lab) is now a commercial Realtor at Hardy Realty. You’ve seen Cochran’s designs across Northwest Georgia, from downtown Rome to Berry College to Rockmart and elsewhere. He joins his wife, Michelle, also associated with Hardy Realty. Cochran… Read more

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Make that a double (almost): Anheuser-Busch announces $150 million expansion in Cartersville, up from $85 million announced earlier this year.

Make that a double (almost): Anheuser-Busch announces $150 million expansion in Cartersville, up from $85 million announced earlier this year.

  From media releases and earlier reports: Anheuser-Busch announces it is increasing its investment in its Cartersville brewery from $85 million to $150 million. The investment, which was originally announced in January, will support new brewing capabilities, the creation of a new can line, and will generate new efficiencies in the brewing process as the company… Read more

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New life for former Mr. D’s in Armuchee. Rome Redevelopment Committee to discuss annexation, West Third, Martha Berry today. Chamber expo going all digital because of COVID.

New life for former Mr. D’s in Armuchee. Rome Redevelopment Committee to discuss annexation, West Third, Martha Berry today. Chamber expo going all digital because of COVID.

A few concepts have been tried at 3793 Martha Berry Highway in Armuchee since the closing of Mr. D’s in January 2016. Most have involved southern cooking,  including a few meat-and-threes. Now on the way is Armuchee Cafe. The sign shows “Armuchee Cafe coming soon” and some interior work is under way. We’ll have updates soon.… Read more

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Business: Sign’s up at McAlister’s Deli due in December. Owl Cove Boutique opens Bartow location. Cartersville-based Denim Marketing earns 4 gold, 2 silver OBIE awards.

Business: Sign’s up at McAlister’s Deli due in December. Owl Cove Boutique opens Bartow location. Cartersville-based Denim Marketing earns 4 gold, 2 silver OBIE awards.

  With the sign now up, the McAlister’s Deli coming to the East Bend center in Rome is a major step closer to opening in December. Crews were still at work at 5:45 p.m. Monday on the deli, which will join Texas Road House in opening in six or so weeks; Roadhouse earned a 100 score on the inaugural… Read more

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Business: River City Bank expanding to open Union County Bank, a mortgage and loan office, in Blairsville this November.

Business: River City Bank expanding to open Union County Bank, a mortgage and loan office, in Blairsville this November.

Media release: River City Bank, located at 228 N. Second Ave. in Rome, if offering a mortgage and loan office in Blairsville, Georgia doing business as Union County Bank. The office is in the heart of Blairsville, near the square, at 215 Blue Ridge St., Suite A. Union County Bank will be open beginning Nov. 2,… Read more

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