Category Archives: Business

Business: Profile Custom Extrusions marks a year without a loss-time injury among nearly 170 employees. Plus: Fitting tribute for a 45-year employee.

Business: Profile Custom Extrusions marks a year without a loss-time injury among nearly 170 employees. Plus: Fitting tribute for a 45-year employee.

Media release: On Jan. 17, Profile Custom Extrusions achieved a goal of one year without a Lost Time Accident. The feat is especially impressive considering that the company has almost 170 employees.  “Maintaining a safe workplace requires daily focus by every employee and a culture of safety throughout the entire facility.  Profile is proud of our… Read more

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Business: Mathis True Value now open off Shorter behind original Mathis Brothers Hardware.

Business: Mathis True Value now open off Shorter behind original Mathis Brothers Hardware.

  Now things will get more interesting on Shorter Avenue. A day after the American Legion post added the “coming soon” sign for Butler Square, the new True Value off the highway at 44 Carter Ave. (across from Moe’s grill and Midtown Crossing) has opened. The store will replace much of the business at Mathis… Read more

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Business: Plan B for ‘Butler Square’ at the American Legion site — without the new grocer. Plus: Glut of retail options now on Shorter.

Business: Plan B for ‘Butler Square’ at the American Legion site — without the new grocer. Plus: Glut of retail options now on Shorter.

    Word spread quickly Monday as a sign went up on the American Legion property at 5 Shorter Ave. in Rome. The group behind Butler Square is moving ahead with Plan B for the site, adjacent to the parks and rec office. It is doing so amid a glut of retail options suddenly in play… Read more

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Harvest Moon Cafe Catering expands to include the Forrest Building, the restyled Vogue and the original restaurant — all on Broad Street.

Harvest Moon Cafe Catering expands to include the Forrest Building, the restyled Vogue and the original restaurant — all on Broad Street.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Ginny Kibler and her Harvest Moon Café’s Catering crew are expanding their venue options to coordinate any event from weddings to parties to corporate meetings. Aside from their two rental spaces (the Mezzaluna and Moon River) inside the restaurant at 234 Broad St., Harvest Moon is now managing The Forrest Place… Read more

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Business: My Simply Southern Home moving its online decor business from Adairsville to Rome in a few weeks

Business: My Simply Southern Home moving its online decor business from Adairsville to Rome in a few weeks

A new online retailer specializing in southern “Farmhouse” decor is moving to Rome. Currently located in Adairsville, My Simply Southern Home will soon open at 717 E. Second Ave., the former spot of Blue Sky Outfitters and GoGo Shoes, according to Owner/Designer Mike Cornell-Stevens.  According to his Facebook post, “I am so excited to share… Read more

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Business: Convenience store/deli planned off Redmond across from entrance to The Spires at Berry College. Also: Updates to the continuing care retirement center’s residences.

Business: Convenience store/deli planned off Redmond across from entrance to The Spires at Berry College. Also: Updates to the continuing care retirement center’s residences.

    As presales continue for The Spires at Berry College off of the Connector near Redmond, we’re seeing the first signs of adjacent development. Look for a “mega” convenience store near 1320 Redmond Road that will feature a sit-down deli by the folks who operate the successful one at The Rock Store off Kingston… Read more

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Business: Barnes & Noble cutting staff, hours, benefits in Rome and elsewhere, citing poor Christmas holiday sales.

Business: Barnes & Noble cutting staff, hours, benefits in Rome and elsewhere, citing poor Christmas holiday sales.

  The Barnes & Noble is at 1442 Turner McCall Blvd. is among many nationwide going through staff layoffs, firings and other reductions in light of poor holiday sales. We placed calls to the store — an anchor of Riverbend Center since fall 2003 — after receiving comments from idled employees or their friends. We do not… Read more

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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.’

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… Read more

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Business: Aldi making the next move in local grocery wars. Rome store will grow — but close briefly as well.

Business: Aldi making the next move in local grocery wars. Rome store will grow — but close briefly as well.

  Greater Rome’s grocery wars are escalating. A relative newcomer, Aldi at 836 Turner McCall Blvd., is preparing to expand a bit. The move is interesting as the store opened just a few years ago, late August 2014, with sister stores since completed in Cartersville and Calhoun. Aldi is expected to remodel and expand the… Read more

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Business: Lumina Coffee Co., a living legacy between father and son, hopes to ‘be a light’ for customers, the community.

Business: Lumina Coffee Co., a living legacy between father and son, hopes to ‘be a light’ for customers, the community.

    The simple way to open this story would go something like this: “We’re going to shine a bit of light Lumina Coffee Co. today.” The thing is, light is a big part of what Lumina has in mind when it opens this fall at the entrance to Braves Boulevard off the Bypass in… Read more

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(Obituary added) Remembering Missy Alford: From her friends to the chamber to downtown Rome, she was relentless in supporting what she believed in.

(Obituary added) Remembering Missy Alford: From her friends to the chamber to downtown Rome, she was relentless in supporting what she believed in.

    This is one “scoop” the woman nicknamed Scoop won’t break. Instead, she’s the heart of the news story and, sadly, it is to confirm the passing of Missy Alford early Thursday morning. For years, she’d been a tireless promoter of the Rome/Floyd business community, whether working for others or later with her husband… Read more

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Business: Look for even more craft beer to be brewed on Broad as Rome City Brewery’s expanded equipment is now in place. Get ready for a downtown destination.

Business: Look for even more craft beer to be brewed on Broad as Rome City Brewery’s expanded equipment is now in place. Get ready for a downtown destination.

Just about a year ago, Dr. Trent Prault and Jay Shell were preparing an order for a much larger brewing system worth more than $110,000. The supplier closed, the $55,000 down payment vanished and a complicated legal battle ensued, ending in favor of Rome City Brewing Co but with no real financial relief expected. (Background) Even that… Read more

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Business: Eight years after opening, the state labor department closing Cedartown location.

Business: Eight years after opening, the state labor department closing Cedartown location.

Almost eight years ago, Cedartown and Polk County were welcoming a local office of the Georgia Department of Labor. Then-Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond was joined by local and regional elected officials and business leaders in making the ceremonial snip of the ribbon in early March 2010. It was a state-of-the-art construction project with some 9,000… Read more

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What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

Another education option brewing in Rome/Floyd? Whatever the reason, there’s always a conversation under way about education options in Rome/Floyd County, from preschool through 12th grade. The community is known for its public school systems, its private schools and a hybrid combining home schooling and classroom instruction. Another option is in the discussion stages as… Read more

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