Demolition of old Kmart site set for August

Ledbetter Properties expects to close July 1 on its purchase of the old Kmart tract on Hicks Drive. Demolition is slated for Aug. 1, the Rome News-Tribune reports.

Bob Ledbetter confirmed that the anchor stores and restaurants — which are still being kept under wraps – would all be new to Rome. A recent retail trade gap analysis indicated many people go outside the county to shop. He said the mix of businesses they’re planning is aimed at recapturing those lost sales.

“This is like landing an industrial project,” Commissioner Craig McDaniel said. “It’s going to bring in a lot of retail dollars from outside the county”

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