Business: Taco Bell quickly rising at LakePoint; QuikTrip is anything but. Also pending: The next wave of hotels. Plus: Another food truck en route? Good news for the one-time ‘sock capital of the world.’

Business: Taco Bell quickly rising at LakePoint; QuikTrip is anything but. Also pending: The next wave of hotels. Plus: Another food truck en route? Good news for the one-time ‘sock capital of the world.’

Work continues on Taco Bell, rising quickly just behind Wendy’s off Lake Point Road and Old Allatoona Highway. Below is the pad for QuikTrip, which hasn’t changed much in months. Hometown photos.

The region’s newest Taco Bell, scheduled to be just under 5,000 square feet, continues to fly together at LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson. A drive-by on Tuesday showed much of the outer frame in place. The restaurant is just behind Wendy’s at Lake Point and Old Allatoona and backs up to LakePoint Station and its recreation and dining spots. Look for Taco Bell to open in time for the peak summer crowds at LakePoint, joining Arby’s, Krystal and Chick-fil-A.

On the other northern corner, the pad for QuikTrip remains pretty much as when we last saw it. The mega convenience store was one of the earlier businesses announced for the LakePoint neighbor but at our last check with QT corporate, the couldn’t find the project on the construction schedule.

Elsewhere at LakePoint: As Georgia Highlands College and area high schools continue to use the baseball fields, all the signs remain in place for an expected hotel boom. Almost every major intersection boasts a LakePoint sign announcing which brand of hotel is on the way. Developers announced an earlier deal with Duke Hospitality, the company behind the slow-moving Courtyard Marriott on West Third Street in Rome.

Rumor of the day: Look for another food truck to join the convoy serving Rome/Floyd County in coming months. This one will be different — a brick-and-mortar looking to expand its reach to a mobile unit, especially to help with catering. The owner says he’s searching for the right vehicle.

Members of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Small Business Action Council met Tuesday morning to plot how to further promote small business in the area. Chamber photo.

 

From WHNT TV: Walmart has announced plans to begin purchasing supplies from Renfro Corp., a local company based in Fort Payne, adding 442 new jobs in textile manufacturing in the one-time sock capital of the world. Renfro Corp. currently has 605 employees and is the largest employer in Fort Payne’s hosiery industry, according to the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority.  These new jobs will push the company over the 1,000 mark. It’s part of Walmart’s plan to “create up to 34,000 jobs and spend $6.8 billion in capital investments,” according to the article. Expanded report

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