Category Archives: Business

Business: Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop making a comeback in downtown Rome. Giggity’s adds red paint as takeover of Curlee’s continues.

Business: Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop making a comeback in downtown Rome. Giggity’s adds red paint as takeover of Curlee’s continues.

    Joe Murray and the Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop are making a comeback at 7 W. Fourth Ave. at corner of Tribune Street across from The Forum. The iconic shoe sign was hanging in the window late Saturday. Attorney Bill Byington, one of the owners, says longtime tenant Arlette Drummond still runs Drummond Tax Service… Read more

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Business: Living & Giving bringing ‘Pop Up’ craze to Rome as new Pop Up Pop In shop opens this fall

Business: Living & Giving bringing ‘Pop Up’ craze to Rome as new Pop Up Pop In shop opens this fall

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net The ‘pop up’ trend is sweeping across the U.S. in both the retail and restaurant industry and now Rome will have it’s first ‘pop up’ retailer in September as Living & Giving at 401 Broad St. launches it’s new Pop Up Pop In shop. “A pop up retail space is usually… Read more

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Business: RaceTrac deal closes as Martha Berry/Armuchee Connector site sold; store due in early 2018.

Business: RaceTrac deal closes as Martha Berry/Armuchee Connector site sold; store due in early 2018.

It’s been a busy week at 3006 Martha Berry Highway at the intersection with the Armuchee Connector. Life Church held its last service there on Sunday and almost before you could hear the last “Amen,” the moving trucks were in place to clear the campus. The congregation will meet at Rome City Auditorium for the… Read more

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Jobs: Local labor force up 600 vs. July 2016 but down from June 2017. First-time jobless claims rose in all counties last month.

Jobs: Local labor force up 600 vs. July 2016 but down from June 2017. First-time jobless claims rose in all counties last month.

EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT Rome/Floyd County saw 600 more people at work in July compared to the same month in 2016. However, there was a 300-job drop in July compared to June, state Department of Labor reports show. Statewide, the jobless rate was at the lowest point in more than 10 years — 4.7 percent. County-by-county reports… Read more

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Updated: Partridge Restaurant closes on Broad Street. A quick look at recent ownership and what could be next.

Updated: Partridge Restaurant closes on Broad Street. A quick look at recent ownership and what could be next.

The Partridge Restaurant is closed, according to this statement from the family. Here is the announcement posted on Facebook as of midmorning Tuesday: “After much prayer we are sad to announce that the Partridge Restaurant on 330 Broad Street is closing. Family obligations and Joel’s open heart surgery last year have made this a difficult… Read more

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Business: HON Co. growing again in Cedartown; will add 60 jobs thanks to $14.5 million expansion.

Business: HON Co. growing again in Cedartown; will add 60 jobs thanks to $14.5 million expansion.

From our colleagues at WGAA 1340 AM in Cedartown: Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that The HON Company, a leading manufacturer of office furniture, will create 60 jobs and invest $14.5 million in a Polk County facility expansion. “The HON Company is familiar with the advantages of operating in the top state for business and… Read more

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Business: Miniyar’s international food court now targets Aug. 22 opening; will cover $1 parking deck fee.

Business: Miniyar’s international food court now targets Aug. 22 opening; will cover $1 parking deck fee.

A week from today, Dr. Raj Miniyar hopes to open what he and his associates believe to be among the first in the nation — a downtown-based food court. It certainly looks to be the first in a small- to midsized-city. Miniyar’s Lofts on Broad & International Food Court is awaiting final health inspections and… Read more

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Business: Al Hodge, Rome Floyd Chamber president, named to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Board of Directors.

Business: Al Hodge, Rome Floyd Chamber president, named to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Board of Directors.

Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal has reappointed Albert M.  Hodge Jr., President and CEO, Rome Floyd Chamber, to the Department of Community Affairs Board of Directors.  Mr. Hodge was previously elected and served as Chairman of the Department of Community Affairs. “What an honor and what a compliment to Al’s leadership,” said 2017 Rome Floyd… Read more

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Jobs: Georgia DOT hiring 20 people for Northwest Georgia at job fair Aug. 23.

Jobs: Georgia DOT hiring 20 people for Northwest Georgia at job fair Aug. 23.

Media release: The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Northwest Georgia (District 6) Office will host a job fair from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.,on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the GDOT District Office at 500 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville. The District Office plans to hire over 20 entry-level maintenance professionals. All applicants must be at least… Read more

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Business: Work under way on Rome City Brewing Co.’s expansion to 333 Broad St. Second brewery and roof-top bar coming by end of year.

Business: Work under way on Rome City Brewing Co.’s expansion to 333 Broad St. Second brewery and roof-top bar coming by end of year.

  After working on permits and getting design approval from the Rome Historic Preservation Committee over last two months, the expansion of the Rome City Brewing Co. at 333 Broad St. is finally under way. Owner Jay Shell and brewing partner Dr. Trent Prault gathered friends together on Saturday to begin demolition work to the building just two… Read more

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Hardy Realty Open House Gallery for today: Four homes in Rome, Armuchee priced from $145,900 to $429,000.

Hardy Realty Open House Gallery for today: Four homes in Rome, Armuchee priced from $145,900 to $429,000.

Here’s a look at the Hardy Realty Open House Gallery for Sunday: Four homes in Rome, Armuchee priced from $145,900 to $429,000. OPEN HOUSE 1-3 PM 1307 FLOYD SPRINGS ROAD – 3 bedroom, 3 bath. $429,000.   3 WESTLYN PLACE – 4 bedroom, 2 bath. $145,900.   OPEN HOUSE 2-4 PM   151 CHULIO ROAD… Read more

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Business: Your Aug. 21 (eclipse day) just got busier as Miniyar’s food court is scheduled to open. Smartypants: No building sale so we’re staying put for now.  Auction update. A peek at Barnsley’s additions.

Business: Your Aug. 21 (eclipse day) just got busier as Miniyar’s food court is scheduled to open. Smartypants: No building sale so we’re staying put for now. Auction update. A peek at Barnsley’s additions.

Miniyar’s International Food Court opens on Aug. 21 with four tenants: When’s the last time you had a real Philly Cheesesteak? Or maybe the question is when will you get your next chance? Answer: Monday,Aug. 21, if the health department inspections go well. That’s when 3-26 Philly CheeseSteak & More opens in Miniyar’s International Food Court… Read more

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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.

  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… Read more

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After five years under new ownership, Mount Berry Mall continues to face challenges.

After five years under new ownership, Mount Berry Mall continues to face challenges.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been almost five years since Hull Property Group purchased Mount Berry Mall for $6 million. We’ve seen several retailers come and go, a few cosmetic changes both inside and out, and now efforts to get a tax allocation district approved to make additional renovations and perhaps additional development around the center’s footprint.… Read more

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