Martin’s open for busi­ness in Rock­mart

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports Lo­cal of­fi­cials gather for a rib­bon cut­ting to of­fi­cially open up the new Martin’s restau­rant in Rock­mart last week. SJ Edi­tor

Lo­cal of­fi­cials and Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers gath­ered with the own­ers of Martin’s in Rock­mart as they cel­e­brated the open­ing of their new restau­rant on Chat­ta­hoochee Drive.

Owner’s Mi­lan Savic and Jon Molan­der were on hand last Thurs­day, Sept. 28, for a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the new Martin’s, the first new store the Metro At­lantaarea 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 t hanks f or 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 i n 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 last week on open­ing day, 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.

Dur­ing the past month’s school board meet­ing, a num­ber of field trips be­ing planned dur­ing the school year were ap­proved unan­i­mously.

One of those trips is took place last week as 39 stu­dents from the Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy are tak­ing a spe­cial trip to the Uni­ver­sal Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute’s spe­cial cam­pus in Mooresville, N.C., where they plan to take a tour of the NASCAR Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute along with three dif­fer­ent pro rac­ing shops in the city.

Corey Smith, who teaches en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion at the Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is pro­vided stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity on the two- day trip that hap­pened on Mon­day and Tuesday af­ter press time to see what the cam­pus is like in hopes that they might de­cide to try and get into the pro­gram.

“We’ve had two dif­fer­ent stu­dents from Polk County who have been ac­cepted into the pro­gram, and one of those stu­dents is now work­ing for Penske (Au­to­mo­tive) for the past 7 or 8 years,” Smith said.

UTI’s pro­gram only ac­cepts 25 stu­dents a year, and l ast year one of those who was ac­cepted was Me­lanie Argo. Smith said that based on his last up­date of her progress at the NASCAR Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute, she was in the Top 3 of the 24 stu­dent class this year.

“This young lady, who no au­to­mo­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in the shop or at the school but had taken my en­gi­neer­ing classes is do­ing fan­tas­tic in this school,” Smith said. “So it’s a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents.”

But one that comes at a steep price. Those 25 ac­cepted into the pro­gram from across the na­tion into the 36-week pro­gram can ex­pect to pay $30,000 in tuition costs to UTI, ac­cord­ing to Smith. They also go through an in­ter­view pro­cess up front so the school gets what they want out of stu­dents as well.

Smith said the cost is worth it in the long term. He pointed out that stu­dents who go through the pro­gram are likely to end up with high pay­ing jobs since once they are through have the prac­ti­cal knowl­edge to work on high per­for­mance en­gines, and on just about

Those who want to get into au­to­mo­tive school get a tour at the NASCAR Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute cam­pus.

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