Category Archives: Business

Business: New Bargain Hunt and Planet Fitness coming to former Kmart building in Calhoun; Still waiting for redevelopment of Rome property.

Business: New Bargain Hunt and Planet Fitness coming to former Kmart building in Calhoun; Still waiting for redevelopment of Rome property.

While we await signs of redevelopment for Rome’s shuttered Kmart property, it appears there is movement at the former Kmart store in Calhoun that closed last fall. Property owners M&P Calhoun, LLC (d/b/a M&P Shopping Centers) is seeking bids for interior demolition of the store and reconfiguration of the interior and facade to the Calhoun… Read more

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Business: Purple Mountain Natural Market under new ownership; Expanding inventory to include organic produce, meat, eggs and more.

Business: Purple Mountain Natural Market under new ownership; Expanding inventory to include organic produce, meat, eggs and more.

Purple Mountain Natural Market is under new ownership. Longtime Rome business owners LeeAnn and David Dempsey just purchased the natural foods store at 308 East 6th Ave last week. LeeAnn also owns Bella Luna Gifts at 15 E. Third Ave. and her husband, David, owns David Dempsey Insurance Agency in Rome. “We are very excited… Read more

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Business: Work continues on new Ross Dress for Less and Discount Tire stores coming to Cartersville later this summer

Business: Work continues on new Ross Dress for Less and Discount Tire stores coming to Cartersville later this summer

Developers Ledbetter Properties are working quickly to open two new businesses at their Main Street Point shopping center, the site of the old Kroger in Cartersville at corner of Main Street and U.S. 41. Ross Dress for Less and Discount Tire are slated to open this summer joining PetSmart which opened last fall. A representative with Ross Stores says the… Read more

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Business: Deadline to file annual business registrations with Secretary of State is Sunday, April 1.

Business: Deadline to file annual business registrations with Secretary of State is Sunday, April 1.

Media release: Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds officers and registered agents to file annual business registrations with the Corporations Division by Sunday, April 1st. Kemp encourages individuals to file registrations using the user-friendly eCorp platform. Georgia is currently on target to shatter the all-time record for registrations filed during renewal season. “Georgia’s streamlined filing system has made annual registration… Read more

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Business: Armuchee’s new RaceTrac to open late May/early June. Progress underway for DiPrima’s Shoes expansion.

Look for the new RaceTrac in Armuchee to open late May or early June. The 5,500 square-foot store will feature a Swirl World frozen dessert station, an expanded coffee bar with six brews of coffee and free WiFi. “Our newer stores also have a more shoppable layout, ample seating, and more lighting in the store… Read more

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Business: Slight rise in the jobless rate in Floyd, Polk counties in February vs. January; all local counties improve from February 2017.

Business: Slight rise in the jobless rate in Floyd, Polk counties in February vs. January; all local counties improve from February 2017.

County-by-county unemployment rates for February: Floyd: 4.8 percent, up a tick from January but down vs. February 2017. Bartow: 4.3 percent, down from January and from the same month last year. Gordon: 4.6 percent, equal to the previous month but down from a year earlier. Polk: 5 percent, up from the previous month, down from… Read more

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Reminder: Marriott’s Courtyard due to open today on West Third Street.

Reminder: Marriott’s Courtyard due to open today on West Third Street.

  PREVIOUSLY POSTED: The Courtyard on West Third Street will indeed open on March 28, a week from today. We’ve talked to hotel representatives this morning who also confirm some jobs remain available. Best bet: Stop by West Third Street to inquire about positions still vacant. Or you can apply online at Duke Hospitality. In… Read more

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Business: Toys R Us in Rome closing later this spring. Liquidation sale now underway.

Business: Toys R Us in Rome closing later this spring. Liquidation sale now underway.

Store closing signs went up Friday at Rome’s Toys R Us off Martha Berry Highway with a liquidation sale now underway. Since the company announced plans last week to close some 735 stores across the country, we knew it was just a matter of time before it would happen. The store parking lot was nearly… Read more

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Business: One of Rome’s more infamous citizens about to get canned. Candy shop joining City Creamery on Broad. Plan B for North Broad site.

Business: One of Rome’s more infamous citizens about to get canned. Candy shop joining City Creamery on Broad. Plan B for North Broad site.

  Coming soon: Peggy’s in the can. Rome City Brewing Co. is days away from opening its expanding operation at 313 Broad St. and the new 10-barrel system already is in service. In fact, the original four-barrel system at 325 Broad is on its way out.  Also on the way: A system that will can… Read more

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Business: Confluence, set for April 12, includes keynote speaker Dr. David Lee, Vice President of Research at UGA; four others. Tickets now on sale.

Business: Confluence, set for April 12, includes keynote speaker Dr. David Lee, Vice President of Research at UGA; four others. Tickets now on sale.

Media release: The Rome Floyd Chamber is pleased to announce the date and slate of speakers for Confluence, Innovation and Technology Conference, in the heart of downtown Rome. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the  DeSoto Theatre, 605 Broad St. Confluence is a one day conference of inspiration, technology and motivation… Read more

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Business: 500 more jobs here in February vs. same month last year; state reports record employment.

Business: 500 more jobs here in February vs. same month last year; state reports record employment.

Rome/Floyd’s labor force rose by 500 jobs, or to 41,200, in February vs. the same month in 2017, according to Georgia’s Department of Labor. That also represents a 200-job gain from January of this year. First-time jobless claims for February, vs. the same month last year, were as follows: Up in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and… Read more

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Business: Chamber update on delegation’s D.C. trip to push for airport, hospital site redevelopment.

Business: Chamber update on delegation’s D.C. trip to push for airport, hospital site redevelopment.

Media release: A delegation of 26 Rome and Floyd County business leaders representing small business, technology, healthcare, aviation, manufacturing, primary and secondary education attended the Rome Floyd Chamber’s annual Issues and Opportunities Conference. During this year’s trip, community officials met with the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Education, Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S.… Read more

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Buzz: Sexual Assault Center adds two board members. February home sales up 17.5%. Attorney general to address Floyd Republicans Thursday. Alzheimers workshop set for April 3.

Buzz: Sexual Assault Center adds two board members. February home sales up 17.5%. Attorney general to address Floyd Republicans Thursday. Alzheimers workshop set for April 3.

The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia’s Board of Directors recently welcomed sheriff’s Capt. Dave Roberson and Ghee Wilson as its newest members. Roberson is supervisor for field services at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been employed for 23 years. He is a member of the Coosa Valley Fraternal Order of Police… Read more

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Why agriculture? $89 million impact here in 2017 thanks to poultry, livestock, row crops, vegetables, forestry — and ‘growing.’

Why agriculture? $89 million impact here in 2017 thanks to poultry, livestock, row crops, vegetables, forestry — and ‘growing.’

  Media release: Goods and services related to Georgia’s agriculture and natural resources affect each of the state’s communities every day. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry, with $73.3 billion of direct and indirect economic impact annually. More than 383,600 Georgia jobs are involved directly in commodity, food, and/or fiber-related industries. In 2017, agricultural related commodities… Read more

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