1431 N. Broad St. property

This shopping center at 1431 N. Broad St. will be auction on the auctioned off on March 22. It is currently owned by a corporation with a lot of retail properties from Georgia to Texas. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

The property was purchased by North Broad Street LLC in 1986 for $463,000. The land itself was most recently valued at $133,700 while the buildings on the tract were valued at $531,090.

The center will have a large vacancy soon when Dollar General vacates for a new store two blocks further up the highway later this spring. In fact, only three of the other nine spaces are currently occupied. Tom Lindsey, a representative with Dempsey Auction, said he believes the North Rome corridor will be one of the next to experience real growth in Rome and anticipates the opportunity for solid commercial rental incomes is great at the location.

Lindsey said the ownership group has a lot of convenience stores and truck stops from Georgia to Texas.

"They're just ready to sell it and move on," Lindsey said. "It's not going to be an absolute auction, I really wish it was, but we're just going to put it up and see what it brings."

Not being an absolute auction means the owners could reject the high bid if it does not meet their desired price.

"They are going to offer owner-financing," Lindsey said.

Dempsey Auction personnel will be on site March 21 from noon until 4 p.m. for inspections of the site. Interested parties can get additional information from www.dempseyauction.com.