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Calhoun to get new new RaceTrac, Dunkin Donuts, industrial building

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The Ga. 53 corridor in Calhoun is experiencing a building boom. A new Popeye’s has just opened. A new freestanding Subway is nearing completion and ground has been broken for a new RaceTrac fuel station and Dunkin’ Donuts.

All four projects are on Ga. 53 between U.S. 41 and I-75.

A speculative industrial building is also going up in the Calhoun Commerce Center, a private industrial zone off U.S. 41 south of Calhoun.

The Atlanta-based RaceTrac, 665 Ga. 53, is approximately 6,000 square feet. It will be open 24 hours a day and include a special yogurt station.

Representatives with U.S. General, the general contractor, said they expect the project to be finished around the beginning of next year.

Dunkin Donuts will be constructed next to RaceTrac. Southern General Contractors of Cartersville is the builder. The doughnut shop will encompass a little less than 1,900 square feet.

Corporate officials in Massachusetts said the franchisees are Stephen Attard and James Laskaris.  They have 25 stores in the Atlanta market and employ more than 400 people. The Calhoun shop is set to open in mid-November.

The 120,900-square-foot speculative industrial building is going up just south of the Union Grove Road intersection with U.S. 41.

The new building, which is expected to be complete by October, will join three similarly constructed buildings occupied by KAS, Mattex and Shaw Industries.

The Calhoun Commerce Center is a partnership between L.P. Owens and Sage Ralston. Owens said he’s negotiating with another major anchor for yet another project that would involve some 452,000 square feet, which would be constructed in two stages.

“We’ve got a verbal agreement on it but not a contract,” Owens said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on a new I-75 interchange that will allow direct access to Union Grove Road, less than a mile from the Calhoun Commerce Center.

The interchange and widening of Union Grove Road are to become part of Calhoun’s southeast bypass, connecting U.S. 41 South with Ga. 53 East.