Tim Omarzu (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 423-757-6651
E-mail: tomarzu@timesfreepress.com
Tim Omarzu covers business for the Times Free Press. He's a longtime newspaper reporter who previously worked in Michigan, California and Nevada. Contact him at tomarzu@timesfreepress.com or www.facebook.com/tim.omarzu or twitter.com/TimOmarzu or 423-757-6651.

Chattanooga malls, some big retailers close on Thanksgiving - others go full throttle

Published Nov. 23 2017

Outdoor gear retailer REI, which plans to open a Chattanooga store next year off Shallowford Road near Interstate 75, made...

Sequatchie Concrete purchases competitor Cleveland Ready Mix

Published Nov. 21 2017

One of the Chattanooga area's largest concrete companies just got bigger.

Here are some travel tips and information ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

Published Nov. 20 2017

Thanksgiving Day travel won't be record-breaking, but it could be busier than last year, despite higher gas prices and a...


Chattanooga Choo Choo getting two new restaurants, distillery, beer on computerized tap [photos]

Published Nov. 19 2017

Restaurateur Allen Corey raised Chattanooga's cocktail consciousness two years ago when he opened a new eatery at the Chattanooga Choo...

Hixson, Tenn., is on the list of top 25 U.S. neighborhoods for small businesses

Published Nov. 19 2017

Hixson is 21st on a list of the U.S.'s top 25 neighborhoods for small businesses, according to Welcomemat Services, an...

Your Pie pizza to open in spring near Hamilton Place

Published Nov. 18 2017

Fast-casual pizza franchise Your Pie plans to enter the Chattanooga market in spring 2018 with a new restaurant near Hamilton...

Bingo's Market opens inside Patten Towers in downtown Chattanooga

Published Nov. 17 2017

For the first time in years, a business has opened inside Patten Towers, a convenience store called Bingo's Market.

Hixson among top 25 U.S. neighborhoods for small businesses, Atlanta franchisor Welcomemat says

Published Nov. 16 2017

Hixson is 21st on a list of the U.S.'s top 25 neighborhoods for small businesses, according to Welcomemat Services, an...

Society of Work moves into space that was heart of Chattanooga's Lamp Post Group

Published Nov. 15 2017

Distilling whiskey, making movies — even helping establish a colony on the moon — were goals of some of the...

Chattanooga startup aims to put truck shipping rates on the commodity market [photo gallery]

Published Nov. 12 2017

If you're Walmart, Amazon or some other giant business that pays to ship merchandise all over the nation, you want...

Spray-painted Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., business sign to be downsized

Published Nov. 11 2017

A spray-painted sign on the side of Allied Glass & Mirror at 1105 S. Mack Smith Road in Fort Oglethorpe...

Historic neon frogs return to Ellis Restaurant sign in Chattanooga

Published Nov. 10 2017

Two iconic neon frogs reappeared Thursday afternoon in downtown Chattanooga.


Spray-painted mural on Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., business under fire

Published Nov. 9 2017

Chattanooga has seen some large, new murals go up recently on the sides of buildings.

Naked River Brewing Co. to open microbrewery near Finley Stadium

Published Nov. 8 2017

Chattanooga is due to get another microbrewery.

Hundreds line up for H&M clothing store's grand opening at Hamilton Place

Published Nov. 2 2017

They came, they lined up — and then they shopped.

Gardenhire: Convention and Visitors Bureau workers who lost receipts should repay expenses

Published Nov. 1 2017

Detailed receipts for restaurant meals and other expenses charged on credit cards by employees at the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors...

Google it: Tech giant 'secretive' about Alabama data center, but officials are optimistic

Published Nov. 1 2017

"Where's Waldo?" is the U.S. version of a popular series of children's books that got its start in 1987 in...

Successful startup, Skuid, puts down roots in Chattanooga

Published Nov. 1 2017

Skuid is all about keeping it simple.

Rocketbook digital notebooks offer an ever-ready blank slate with cloud capability

Published Nov. 1 2017

If you loved using Etch A Sketch as a kid, a Boston startup company called Rocketbook makes a line of...

Bidder won't share plans for The Chattanoogan, but experts say rebranding likely

Published Oct. 31 2017

Now that the city of Chattanooga has accepted a $32 million purchase offer for The Chattanoogan luxury hotel and conference...