Historic Depot Should be Dalton’s Crown Jewel, not its Disgrace.

The following editorial appeared in the Dalton Daily Citizen on September 27th, 2018

For decades across two centuries, the Western & Atlantic depot in downtown bustled with activity as passengers shuffled on and off trains there.

Railroad travel waned in popularity in the mid-1900s as cars and planes worked themselves into American culture as a quicker, more efficient means to move around the country. That change in travel caused the depot to close to passenger trains.

In 1978, the city of Dalton purchased the structure that was originally built in 1852 by the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The depot was converted into a restaurant and bar in the early 1990s and, like the passenger depot years before, teemed with activity. That eatery — the Dalton Depot & Trackside Tavern — closed in November 2015.


Now, the historic depot sits empty gathering cobwebs. With each passing day it inches closer to being downtown Dalton’s eyesore, not downtown Dalton’s crown jewel.

The Dalton City Council wants to sell the depot. Earlier this year, council members asked the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to market it to potential buyers and ensure that it is preserved as a historic building. The city put the building up for bid. Earlier this month, potential buyers toured the building.

Only one company, Dalton-based Barrett Properties, submitted a bid. Barrett Properties wants to restore the depot to its “glory days” as a restaurant and bar. According to the company’s proposal, the renovated depot would house two distinct businesses — a restaurant in the northern section and a bar in the southern section. The grand opening is listed as Dec. 31, 2020.

The company bid $300,000 to purchase the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

City officials are mulling the proposal and have forwarded the proposal to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for their review and consultation. City Administrator Jason Parker told this newspaper he could have a recommendation for City Council members at their Monday meeting.


We are certainly pleased that a local company sees the potential of the depot. Adding to our optimism is Barrett Properties’ track record of investing in Dalton and its downtown. Barrett Properties owns several buildings downtown, including the former Belk building at 307 S. Hamilton St., which it is developing into apartments, and the Landmark Building, which now houses the Dalton Innovation Accelerator, the city’s first business incubator.

Unfortunately, the cash-strapped City Council lacks the money necessary to properly restore the depot to its former glory. The depot has remained unoccupied going on three years in November. We fear that without some action from the City Council — whether by selling the depot or by investing money to protect it — the neglected building will suffer the same fate of many historic structures that no longer exist in our city.

That’s why we believe the City Council should seriously consider Barrett Properties’ proposal. Council members, who lack the knowledge of preserving historic structures, should solicit advice from historic groups and professionals at home and across the state. Members of the Whitfield-County Historical Society, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, the state Historic Preservation Division and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation should all have representatives at the table. The City Council should also seek input from Dalton residents, since we own the depot.

Selling the depot would be a boon to the city’s bottom line. Selling the depot to the right developer would be a boon to downtown, and the city overall.

We hope our City Council makes the right, informed decision.




Barrett Properties Sole Bidder for Historic Dalton Depot

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Officials with Dalton’s Barrett Properties say they plan to bring the historic railroad depot in downtown Dalton back to its “glory days” as a restaurant and bar.

Barrett Properties was the only bidder for the property, which is owned by the city of Dalton, when bids were opened Monday at Dalton City Hall. The City Council wants to sell the depot and asked the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation earlier this year to help market it to potential buyers and make sure that it is preserved as a historic building. Earlier this month, the potential buyers toured the building.

“We have relayed the bidder’s proposed rehabilitation plan to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for their review and consultation,” said City Administrator Jason Parker.

Parker said he could have a recommendation for City Council members at their Oct. 1 meeting. Parker said Barrett bid $300,000 for the depot.

In a statement, Barrett President Bob Caperton and Vice President Barry Slaymaker noted that downtowns across the country have experienced “dramatic improvement and emphasis in the last 10 years.”

“The way we see it, Dalton is only in the third inning of a downtown renaissance,” they said. “That is why we see opportunity. It is our conviction that in five years or less, downtown Dalton will have more than 100 housing units, multiple hotels and expanded entertainment options. We are buying properties not only to invest, but to improve. Our goal is to trigger the ‘critical mass’ of investment that will put our downtown on the track to being competitive with Rome, Cleveland and even Chattanooga.”

They say the depot is key to their plans.

“The Dalton Depot, the literal center of the city, one of very few remaining antebellum buildings and the most iconic location in terms of Dalton’s nightlife cannot remain vacant,” they said. “We fully plan on bringing the depot back to its glory days, but it will not be a quick fix. Serious remediation will be necessary in addition to extensive marketing and prospecting to identify the correct user. It will remain a bar and restaurant facility ideally in the form of two different tenants. We have not yet had conversations with prospective users but certainly have a few recognizable names in mind.”

Barrett already owns a number of buildings in downtown Dalton, including the former Belk building at 307 S. Hamilton St., which it is developing into apartments, and the Landmark Building, which now houses the Dalton Innovation Accelerator, the city’s first business incubator.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the depot was built in 1852 by the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Most recently, it was the home for some 25 years of the Dalton Depot & Trackside Tavern restaurant. The city closed the depot in November 2015, citing conditions that “posed potential health hazards to the public,” including mold. The building has remained empty since.

“Obviously, you always want to have more options,” said council member Gary Crews. “But Barrett Properties has an excellent reputation. They are investing very much in the community, especially downtown. As we go into the details on this, I’m hopeful that this will be a nice addition to downtown.”

Mayor Dennis Mock agreed.

“I would have liked to had 100 bidders,” he said. “But we are pleased that someone is interested in the depot and interested in downtown. I’m eager to look at their plans and also to hear from the Georgia Trust.”



Pitch DIA Winner to be on Shark Tank

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When season 10 of the reality show “Shark Tank” premieres on ABC next month, Dalton Middle School student Tripp Phillips will find himself front and center on the television program.

The show with Phillips pitching his product Le-Glue, a non-permanent glue that holds Legos and other building blocks together without damaging them, airs on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10 p.m. On “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs present their ideas to the “sharks,” celebrity investors/show hosts Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary — all millionaires or billionaires.

The contestants try to convince at least one of the hosts to invest money in their idea. If more than one host decides to invest, a bidding war over the idea begins and can increase the investment’s price.

Phillips, 12, a seventh-grader at Dalton Middle School, invented the product when he has nine.

“I was extremely excited after hearing I was selected for the show,” he said.

This isn’t his first “Shark Tank”-style experience. Phillips won first place in the inaugural PitchDIA (Dalton Innovation Accelerator) contest on May 15. The contest solicited ideas from local entrepreneurs. More than 60 companies entered the contest.

During that competition, Phillips told the judges — Piet Dossche, president of U.S Floors and executive vice president of Shaw Industries; Jamie Hamilton of Atlanta Seed Co.; Marilyn Helms, dean of the Wright School of Business at Dalton State College; and Brian Moore of BB&T Bank — that Le-Glue is already being sold online through sites such as eBay, Etsy and Amazon.

With the win, Phillips received $5,000 and became the first occupant in the Dalton Innovation Accelerator space in the Landmark Building in downtown Dalton. He also won various professional services from local firms.

A few weeks before winning the local contest, Phillips attended a “Shark Tank” casting call in Atlanta at SunTrust Park inside the Comcast building with his father Lee Phillips.

“There were about 500 people in line,” Lee Phillips said. “We pulled up our lawn chairs and waited for five hours.”

Once inside, Tripp Phillips did a 90-second presentation on the glue for producers.

“I was not nervous during the ‘Shark Tank’ pitch,” he said.

A few days later after the casting call, a producer called the Phillips family to tell them Tripp was selected to send a video pitching his product.

“The Los Angeles (California) producers watched the video and then we got another call to fly there in June to tape,” Lee Phillips said.

The entire family, including Tripp’s mother Dana and sister Allee, flew to California and went to the studio to tape. Allee and Lee appear on the show with Tripp.

“It was a little bit nerve-wracking (pitching for the hosts) but I didn’t let it affect me,” said Tripp Phillips.

For contractual reasons, the Phillips family can’t reveal the outcome of the “Shark Tank” episode.

“They (the hosts) were very kind,” Lee Phillips said. “We had an enjoyable experience and they didn’t rip him to shreds like they do other people.”

Lee Phillips said since taping the show the family has been busy “building up inventory.”

“Shark Tank” has averaged several million viewers since its debut in 2009, “so obviously we’re thinking we’ll get a big boost of sales,” Lee Phillips said.

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President Rob Bradham said the group is planning a watch party for the public. Bradham said having an inaugural PitchDIA winner on “Shark Tank” is a “tremendous opportunity for him and our community.”

“We’re all very excited for Tripp and the entire Phillips family,” he said.

For more information on Le-Glue, visit



Dalton Featured in Georgia Trend

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The word of the day is investment,” declares Rob Bradham, president and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.

It’s a word you’ll find on the lips of many here in this Northwest Georgia community that straddles I-75. It reflects a growing belief that this small city and region, which was built on the innovation of carpet industry pioneers in the last century, can create a new and prosperous reality in this one.

The future and the present belong to those willing to work for it. Dalton has historically been a manufacturing town – a place where people know how to make things. So the announcement that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea would build a solar panel manufacturing plant here was good news indeed. The Korean company will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2019.

The new plant occupies some 800,000 square feet of land in the Carbondale Business Park. The company announced it will be hiring more than 500 workers as a result of the $150-million capital investment, according to Carl Campbell, vice president of economic development with the chamber and executive director of the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority.

Once it’s up and running, the plant will not only be the company’s first manufacturing facility in the U.S. but also America’s largest solar module factory.

The company picked Dalton not just for its manufacturing heritage, but also recognizing that the community could get the plant up and running quickly.

“The most important piece that allowed us to start the conversation is that we had a site that was graded and ready to go and was ideal for their project,” says Campbell. “Our community preparedness was the winner.”

The graded site in the business park was part of an effort to compete for another relocation deal. That project didn’t work out, but local officials knew the site would come in handy when negotiating with companies that needed a similar location.

“That made it all work,” says Campbell. “The willingness to have a site that was ready to go and the ability to move fast won the situation.”

To sweeten the deal, the county threw in tax abatements and local incentives totaling about $15 million.

Along with the new plant, Whitfield County has celebrated the renewed vigor of the carpet and floor-covering industry. Long known as the “carpet capital of the world,” the collapse of real estate and homebuilding markets a decade ago devastated local carpet makers.

Now companies like Shaw, Mohawk and the Bob Shaw-founded Engineered Floors have been ramping up production. The industry has changed in the last 10 years. For one thing, companies took the downturn as an opportunity to improve and modernize production. That meant more high tech and fewer workers. Companies have also shifted from making traditional carpet into other floor-covering products.

Among these products is luxury vinyl flooring. These non-wood, non-ceramic plank and tile floor coverings can mimic wood and are hard to distinguish from real wood flooring, owing to innovations in design and production technology.



Downtown Renaissance

Local leaders have not been content to leave the future of their community to fate. The chamber is in the midst of implementing a five-year strategic plan it calls Believe Greater Dalton. The goal is to capitalize on the county’s resources and foster an improving quality of life that will draw more people to the area.

The plan grew out of a study conducted by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government that pinpointed areas that were lacking, as well as areas that citizens wanted addressed.

The plan was jumpstarted by the discovery that 62 percent of Whitfield County workers making more than $40,000 lived somewhere other than the county. A big chunk of the local workforce was making the drive from Chattanooga or the northern Atlanta suburbs. They were also spending their wages outside the county. Getting more of them to live in Dalton would be a big shot in the arm to the local economy.

The new plan is focused on creating more reasons to move and stay here. The most tangible efforts are reflected in a greater diversity of local attractions – more retail, more restaurants. There’s a stepped-up effort to build more housing – an area in which Dalton has struggled. Putting more money into economic development to attract new business and upgrading education so there is a trained workforce for those companies are also on the agenda.

Along with these concrete initiatives, local officials want to create a strong sense of community pride. The hope is to generate more enthusiasm for home as other quality-of-life issues improve, according to Bradham.

“In the last year and a half we’ve had a tremendous amount of investment, and that mostly has taken the form of locally owned retailers and locally owned restaurants opening in downtown,” says Bradham. “The vibrancy of our downtown is already increasing.”

“We’ve been kind of enjoying an upsurge of activity in downtown for the last couple of years,” says George Woodward, interim director of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority. “I’m not sure that it was intentional. It wasn’t part of a plan. But we did see a lot more activity with more restaurants being opened up, more events taking place in downtown.”

The entertainment got a boost with the opening of Burr Park, which Mayor Dennis Mock calls “the new centerpiece of downtown Dalton.”

The park, which hosts summer concerts and other events in its amphitheater, was made possible by local resident Jeanne Burr. She donated $1 million to support the arts in Dalton by helping to provide a performance venue. In return, the city designated the former site of the Lee Printing building on Hamilton Street as a permanent park.

“It’s a gathering point for downtown Dalton, and it’s driving a lot more folks downtown. And that creates more reason to have more restaurants and more businesses downtown,” says Mock.

The downtown development authority, which once had to work hard to attract people to the area, now has something of the opposite problem.

“We’ve got plenty of events,” says Woodward. “We’ve got more restaurants. Now we need to look at parking, zoning, whether the district ought to be expanded – and if so what should the new boundaries be and why?”

Local business owners agree that downtown Dalton is enjoying a renaissance. Kasey Carpenter, who opened the Oakwood Café in 2004 and more recently launched Cherokee Brewing and Pizza Co., sees the resurgence first hand.

The Oakwood was a reclamation project of a restaurant that had been in the city from about 1946 till it closed in 2001. Its closing left a void that needed to be filled.

“When the economy is good, downtowns tend to flourish,” says Carpenter. “It gets a little bit tougher when the economy toughens up. In the next recession, you’ll see some retraction. The key is just to develop businesses that have that kind of staying power through recession.”

Right now the economy is good and getting better. So much so that the city is about to get an addition it hasn’t seen in decades – a downtown hotel. Carpenter is renovating an old bank building into what he says will be a 31-room boutique hotel.

“We’ve got a pretty good hotel market being on I-75 anyway,” says Carpenter. “So if there’s a way to funnel those people downtown, they go out and spend their money downtown, that will be a win for all of us.”

Dalton is also giving a boost to its business community with the unveiling of the Dalton Innovation Accelerator (DIA). This startup incubator is located in the historic, six-story Landmark Building on Hamilton Street. The space, which was once the Dalton Hotel, is now an office building. Here entrepreneurs with great ideas will get not only office space, but also support in the form of advice and counseling from both established business leaders and academics from local colleges.

Barrett Properties, which owns the Landmark Building, donated space for the accelerator.

To get the initiative off the ground, the city hosted its first PitchDIA contest. The winner turned out to be a middle-school-age entrepreneur – Tripp Phillips. His invention, Le-Glue, a water-soluble adhesive for Legos, took first place in the inaugural contest, winning $5,000. His company, which already sells its product on eBay, Etsy and Amazon, became the first occupant in the accelerator.

“Dalton’s story is an entrepreneurial story,” says Bradham. “Modern tufted carpet was invented here in Dalton. Then it went from a cottage industry into a multibillion industry today that is still centered around Dalton. The headquarters of the major floor-covering companies are all within a 60-mile radius of Dalton, and the vast majority of the manufacturing of carpet happens within that 60-mile radius.”



Strong Business Ties

Fostering business innovation and in particular making sure local residents have access to the training they need has gotten a boost from the city’s two colleges – Dalton State College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Dalton State has been renovating and expanding its campus while adding new educational programs aimed squarely at meeting the needs of business and industry. It recently added a program in logistics and supply chain management.

“That’s targeting new employment arising from the new inland port coming to nearby Murray County,” says President Margaret Venable. “Then our other newest program is health and wellness.”

This program helps graduates fill roles in many different areas, including the pharmaceutical industry, medical centers, clinics, community health centers, government health departments, fitness and wellness centers, and the health insurance industry.

“There’s a need to produce more healthcare field employees besides doctors and nurses,” says Venable. “There are so many healthcare jobs that don’t require a lot of specific training, but just require a general understanding of anatomy and physiology and health- and medical-related topics.”

A series of building projects has transformed the 50-year-old campus. These include the renovation and expansion of Gignilliat Memorial Hall to house the Wright School of Business, renovation of the Pope Student Center and construction of Peeples Hall, which houses the College’s School of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

The modernized home for the business school is designed to enhance students’ education by giving them the facility they need to learn the skills of teamwork and carrying projects through to fruition.

“We have a really strong tie to the business community,” says Marilyn Helms, dean of the Wright School of Business. “Business people tell me they need [students] to have more social skills. They know the fundamentals of business, but they have to work together.

“One of the things we worry about is we educate them deep within that major, but we don’t want them in a functional silo. We want to make them knowledgeable,” she adds. “Maybe I’m a finance major, but I also have to think about logistics and other areas at the same time. We want them work ready so they jump into their careers.”

Dalton and Whitfield County have also found that it’s increasingly attractive to visitors as well. The county’s hotel/motel tax revenue is up more than 6 percent from 2016 – the eighth year in a row tax collections have increased. There’s also a brand-new 100-key Holiday Inn Express getting ready to open along the interstate.

“That means things have been really good in the hotel world,” says Brett Huske, director of Tourism at the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All these developments are a good indication that Dalton and Whitfield County have become places that people and businesses want to call home.



Gathering Places

Downtown Dalton is rocking these days. It has a host of new shops and restaurants and has even captured a big-city trend – breweries and distilleries.

Chuck Butler was the first when he opened Dalton Distillery in 2015. Brewing a moonshine recipe developed by his father, master distiller Raymond Butler, he found a following among a growing number of people willing to travel for craft spirits.

A family-owned and operated distillery that started from scratch, it distills small batches of whiskey using only certified non-GMO Georgia grains. Sunflower seeds (65 percent) are added to corn mash (35 percent) and pumped through a 200-gallon state-of-the-art still to create the gluten-free spirit. It’s a recipe that’s been handed down through the Butler family for generations and honed by Raymond Butler as a way to make their libation unique.

“The main thing is that in any type of industry … you have to find your niche,” says Chuck Butler, about their sunflower-infused spirits.

Dalton Distillery was soon followed by two craft breweries. Kasey Carpenter, who owns the venerable Oakwood Café, opened Cherokee Brewing and Pizza Co., which serves food along with its craft beer.

Dalton Brewing Co. opened earlier this year with a motto of “Good Beer Engineered.” The founders of this brewery included two engineers – industrial and electrical – and gave new life to a long-abandoned historic building downtown. (For more about the new breweries and brewpubs popping up around the state, see “Cheers!” on page 22.)

“We wanted to be a catalyst for other things to happen in downtown Dalton,” says co-owner Deanna Gray Mathis. “So we just decided this was our part. We were founded not just to make a profit but to be something cool for the community. We wanted to be a gathering place for the community.”

In fact, Carpenter welcomed the new entry to the brewing market, seeing synergy rather than competition.

“I think it’s more that we complement each other,” says Carpenter. “We do a lot more food than they do. People go over there after work and [drink] a couple of beers and then come over to our place to eat dinner and have a few more.” – Randy Southerland



Barrett Properties’ Barry Slaymaker talks about apartments planned for downtown Dalton

Photo Courtesy Dalton Daily Citizen












Progress Update

Barrett Properties is making progress in Downtown Dalton! The transformation of 307 South Hamilton has begun.








Growing Entrepreneurship in Dalton part of 5-year Strategic Plan

Local leaders in Dalton are working to grow the city in many ways. City leaders have created a five-year strategic plan called Believe Greater Dalton.

There are six parts to the plan, and one part is creating an environment for entrepreneurship to grow in the city.

“Dalton is what it is today because of our innovation and entrepreneurship in the floor covering industry. The recession came along and hit our town hard, and we have not invested in our entrepreneurs as we should since the recession is over,” Rob Bradham, President and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. “That’s what the Dalton Innovation Accelerator is about.”

Rob Bradham along with local business leaders such as Barry Slaymaker have been behind the push to start more businesses in Dalton, Georgia

“The time is right for us to bring that back. The economy is good. Our community is behind improving itself at this point, and we really want to show that we are an entrepreneur friendly city and really bolster ourselves as the hub for business in Northwest Georgia,” Slaymaker said.

Barrett Properties and Inventure IT are the founders of the Dalton Innovation Accelerator or DIA. The accelerator is being built in the Landmark Building downtown.

“It will be a hub for entrepreneurs in Dalton,” Slaymaker said.

The process of finding these new businesses has already started. The DIA started an entrepreneur competition over the last several months, and the finalists will participate in a pitch night on May 15. The winner will get space in the new accelerator. These local leaders hope that projects like the DIA and the NEW Dalton Brewing Company that opened in late February will help bring more people and growth to Downtown Dalton.

10:57-11:06 Allyson Coker -Project Manager for Believe Greater Dalton

“The sky’s the limit. This is just the beginning,” Allyson Coker, project manager for Believe Greater Dalton said. “We’re just so excited that we’re gonna have a presence downtown right in the heart of Dalton for entrepreneurs.”

The pitch night event on May 15 will take place at Stage 1-23 in Dalton. It is open to the public. You can learn more on the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce’s website.



Local Contest aims to Help grow next big business

DALTON, Ga. — Doing business across the Southeast, Dalton-based Inventure IT has worked with a number of business accelerators, programs that provide startup firms with office space, mentorship and support services.

“We saw those be successful in other communities and wanted to bring that model to Dalton,” said Stacey Roach, chief operating officer of Inventure, a full-service technology company that provides services for companies and government.

He and his partners began putting together the Dalton Innovation Accelerator and soon they were joined by Advanced Insurance Strategies, Barrett Properties, Believe Greater Dalton, Dalton State College, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Luna Design, the Minor Firm and the Morehouse Group.

The group is holding a contest to decide which firms will be the first to win office space and other services.

“We’ve got a website set up for people to submit their business ideas, and we will bring them in to actually pitch their ideas like in the TV show ‘Shark Tank,'” Roach said. “We are working on the judges now.”

The first place winner will get $5,000 as well as office space in the Landmark Building downtown, webhosting and technology consulting services, as well as accounting, legal and design services. There will also be prizes for second and third place.

“This is very important for Dalton,” said former mayor David Pennington. “Dalton was built on entrepreneurial energy, but I think we have lost some of that drive. I hope this will help us get some of it back.”

Barrett Properties owns the Landmark Building.

“We are excited about this contest and excited about the Dalton Innovation Accelerator, and we can think of no better home for it than downtown Dalton,” said Barry Slaymaker, head of strategy at Barrett Properties.

Marilyn Helms, dean of the Wright School of Business at Dalton State College, says she believes that DSC students will be entering the contest and have a good shot at winning it.

“Out students have a lot of great ideas. They are familiar with new technology. They have ideas for new businesses. They just need a little help. It will help us keep those students here,” she said.

Roach said that the contest is open to anyone, not just those in the Dalton area.

“They can apply online, so they can apply from anywhere. Obviously, this will give them an incentive to come to Dalton and start their business here,” he said.

To apply, go to The deadline is March 1



Riverbend Addition

We are pleased to announce the addition to our portfolio of the property at 820 Riverbend Drive. This property adjoins our current holdings at 1015 New South Harris Street and will be the longterm home of C & H Services.





Barrett Doubles Down on Downtown

Barrett Properties has acquired the 20,000 SF 307 South Hamilton Office building. Big things are coming to downtown Dalton…. keep your eyes open for progress.




Barrett New Acquisitions

Barrett Properties is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new properties: a 120,000 SF warehouse in Spring Place, GA and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta office condominium in Atlanta, GA. These acquisitions bring our AUM to nearly $40mm and our industrial space to right at 1 million square feet. Both properties are fully leased, but we would be happy to discuss any of our available properties with you.














Something is brewing in Dalton…

Barrett Properties is pleased to announce that we are in the midst of completing a build to suit development for Dalton’s first micro brewery. Dalton Brewing Company will be moving into the former Hurt’s Cleaners building on King Street. Watch our site for more news on this front.


On the Horizon

Heartlite Hospice and Inventure IT will be joining the Barrett Properties family in early 2017! Inventure IT will occupy the entire basement level of the Landmark Building and Heartlite Hospice will be located on the 2nd floor of the Professional Building at 1008 Professional Blvd in Dalton.



Chamber Strategic Planning Roll Out

Dalton and Whitfield County residents have been anticipating the roll out of the new strategic planning initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, but they need not wait any longer. Chamber CEO Rob Bradham will be presenting the plan, titled “Believe Greater Dalton” on Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

Surveillance In Place

Barrett Properties has begun retrofitting our major commercial properties with on-site surveillance measures to assist in reducing tenant liability. The first phase of the rollout includes the Corporate office on Abutment Rd, Barrett Marketplace Shopping Center, and Dalton Place Shopping Center. Additional properties are expected to be on line by the end of the fiscal year.


New Tenant at Barrett Marketplace

Alarm City has opened at Barrett Marketplace, bringing occupancy of the center to 100%! The location is one of the first true brick and mortar alarm stores in the country, and is the first in Whitfield County. Visit them today to review your security and surveillance needs. In addition, Alarm City is providing a full service surveillance system to the property for the safety and security of all tenants.



On the Horizon

Heartlite Hospice and Inventure IT will be joining the Barrett Properties family in early 2017! Inventure IT will occupy the entire basement level of the Landmark Building and Heartlite Hospice will be located on the 2nd floor of the Professional Building at 1008 Professional Blvd in Dalton.


New Acquisition

Barrett Properties is pleased to announce the acquisition of our newest building at 246 South Industrial Blvd in Calhoun. This 165,000 SF industrial space brings our warehouse total to over 800,000 square feet and is currently leased to LG Hausys!


Coming Soon!

Any’s Discount Grocery will be opening soon at 637 Oothcalooga Street in Calhoun (southwest of Calhoun High School)


Barrett Marketplace has a New Tenant!

We would like to welcome “Summer’s Groomingtails” to the Barrett Marketplace shopping center located @ 801 E Walnut Ave Suite H. Summer & her staff can meet all your pet’s beauty needs!


ACE Hardware is NOW open!

We are happy to announce that ACE Hardware is now open! They are located in the Hobby Lobby shopping center @ 2105 E Walnut Ave in Dalton. This facility is fully equipped to meet all of your plumbing, painting, hardware, gardening and seasonal needs!