Business: Armuchee heats up as DiPrima’s sets expansion, remodeling; RaceTrac gets its site after Sunday services at Life Church; and demolition permits pulled to make way for new Goo-Goo.

Business: Armuchee heats up as DiPrima’s sets expansion, remodeling; RaceTrac gets its site after Sunday services at Life Church; and demolition permits pulled to make way for new Goo-Goo.

Lots happening at DiPrima’s Shoes at 2904 Martha Berry Highway in Armuchee.

 

Work is under way on a series of mostly unrelated projects that are changing the face of the intersection at Martha Berry Highway and the Armuchee Connector.

DiPrima’s Shoes: The surprise project is what’s ahead at DiPrima’s Shoes at 2904 Martha Berry Highway. Recently, the remnants of the former steakhouse came down. Records at the building department show an expanded DiPrima’s Shoes on the way, taking in most of the steakhouse space. We have calls in for additional updates as this will be a much larger footprint when finished.

RaceTrac: Up the street, as Life Church prepares to move to John Davenport (see below), RaceTrac continues its planning work. Another permit has been filed at the building department for signage where the next convenience store and fueling center will rise. What to know: The store will be about 5,500 square feet and will feature Swirl World frozen treats, an expanded coffee bar with six brews of coffee and free WiFi. An early 2018 open is planned and most stores this size employ 20 to 25 people. Background

Goo-Goo: A demolition permit at the former After Hours Auto Center and Quick Lube at 2973 Martha Berry also has been pulled by Brian Dulaney as work begins on transforming the former oil change location into Greater Rome’s third Goo-Goo Express car wash. Dulaney reports demolition began Tuesday. Goo-Goo has locations on North Broad and Shorter Avenue.

Player to be named later: There’s one more thing in play in this area but we’re awaiting for the contract to be signed.

As for Life Church: The move to John Davenport is on the way but work continues at the former tavern site. Facing a mid August deadline, here’s the latest on the church’s long-term and short-term plans courtesy of Josh Perry:

“Our last Sunday in our current building (3006 Martha Berry Highway) is THIS Sunday, Aug. 13. Beginning Sunday, Aug. 20, we will be meeting at the City Auditorium at 10:30 every Sunday morning. Our plan is to be there for six weeks (through Sept. 24) and then be in our new building on Oct. 1. We are in the process of beginning to move equipment into storage, etc., while we are in transition.”

 

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