Local officials and Polk County Chamber of Commerce members gathered with the owners of Martin's in Rockmart this morning as they celebrated the opening of their new restaurant on Chattahoochee Drive.
Owner's Milan Savic and Jon Molander were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Martin's, the first new store the Metro Atlanta-area chain has opened since 2002.
"We are so happy to be here finally," said Savic. "We've been eyeing Rockmart for two years, and we finally pulled the trigger on it. Venture Construction company did a great job. This is the fastest construction project we've ever done."
He added his thanks for cooperation from Rockmart and Polk County officials for making the process go smoothly.
"It's not a one man show, it's all of you and we appreciate it," Savic said. "We just hope to be a good long term employer of local folks, because that's what we like."
The new store, located at 1422 Chattahoochee Drive off of Nathan Dean Parkway in Rockmart, is open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Even as officials gathered in front of the new store this morning, Martin's was already busy. A line of cars to get access to the drive thru went out of the new store's parking lot and around El Nopal.
Martin's began as a single store in 1962 and has since expanded to 15 locations across the Atlanta area. Rockmart's new restaurant makes it the 16th Martin's.