The property on North Second Avenue will be consumed by improvements to Second Avenue being planned by the city of Rome and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The AT&T store in that triangle with Peoples will be relocating to the new Charles Hight Square shopping center, however that is expected to be at least ten months down the road.
Peoples Financial Branch Manager Eric Forrister said that the company has been in the same location in Rome since 1947.
Forrister has been in Rome for the past 12 years, while Merinda Magnicheri has been an employee in the Rome office since 1977.
“We’re in a pinch,” Forrister said. “The state wants us out of the building and we had from the time we found out for sure that we were going to move we had 30 days to find a building, get it bought and get moved.”
Peoples expects to be open in the new location sometime this week. The new location will provide an additional one thousand square feet of office space. “We didn’t want to move, it was the last thing that we wanted to do but it’s going to be a better location as far as convenience for our customers,” Forrister said.