Business: Joe Murray of Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop still looking for new home as old building is for sale. LocoMex opens in downtown Rome. Also: Second Rome retailer offering tax-free shopping.

Business: Joe Murray of Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop still looking for new home as old building is for sale. LocoMex opens in downtown Rome. Also: Second Rome retailer offering tax-free shopping.

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It’s been almost a month since Joe Murray was told to move Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop at 409 Broad St. as Arbor Haven Investments managing partner Nathan Roberts cited critical repairs the building needs to “bring it up to code.” The original notice came in February, Roberts added in an earlier interview.

On Thursday, we spotted a for sale sign in the window, listed by Howard Realty, which caused us to take a detour around the block to find out more. As we did, up walked Murray — with the help of a cane — and a friend as they continue to move equipment out. We asked Joe about any new locations and he says a few have been suggested, adding that nothing was final as yet. We later heard a nearby option is brewing thanks to a Rome couple. Again, nothing final.

We did find a sales listing for 407 Broad St. (also owned by Arbor Haven) so we’re assuming its one package listed at $500,000. Says the listing: “Three floors, tenants on 1st and second floor. Third floor unfinished. Great loft apartment potential. Adjacent properties available for sale.” Source: Toles, Temple & Wright

Please see our previous story for background.

Patio seating added to new LocoMex, now open at Broad and Second Avenue in downtown Rome.

LocoMex opens in Rome: The Facebook post went out between 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday: “We are open!” So begins LocoMex’s Rome location at 201 Broad St. We’re anxious to see if the interior is as spruced up as the outside, complete with cafe-style dining. Also, we’re curious about what “street tacos” are (and the Facebook note also includes news about Taco Tuesday specials. LocoMex opens at 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. but look for later hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

Another Rome retailer offering tax-free shopping:

Although Georgia lawmakers decided not to hold a no sales tax-free weekend this year in the Peach State, GoGo at the Shoe Box on Shorter Avenue has decided to have its own. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the store will give customers a break by paying for the sales tax on every item in its inventory. “We appreciate our customers and want to provide them with tax free day despite the state’s decision not to honor it,” co-owner Jay Stephenson said.  The sales-tax break is good for any purchase amount, including any items that are on sale. GoGo is at 1018 Martha Berry Blvd. and the hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Details: 706-291- 0752.

Last weekend, Whistle Britches on Broad Street did its own tax-free sale even though the state opted out of the popular consumer holiday this year.

Tennessee’s tax free holiday is today through Sunday (details); Alabama held its sale last weekend.

 

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