Birmingham-based Taziki’s Mediterranean Café opened its first Mobile-based location inside Legacy Village, located at 9 Du Rhu Drive in Spring Hill. Buff Teague and Allen Garstecki of JLL handled the transaction. Plans are in place to possibly open a third restaurant in Pensacola over the next few years, according to local Baldwin County-based Taziki’s franchise owner Mark Hemby.

Lela’s Gourmet Catering is relocating to 4456 Old Shell Road in Mobile, down the street from its former site at 4507 Old Shell Road. Buff Teague with JLL handled the transaction.

According to Cameron Weavil, vice president of the Weavil Co., Warren Railroad Services has leased 255 N. Broad St., formerly Midtown Auto Service. The property has a 5,700-square-foot building on site. The tenant contracts with the railroad to maintain its fleet of rail trucks. The company is based in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; this is its second location.

Hummingbird Ziplines will be opening a new addition to the entertainment options at The Wharf in Orange Beach this summer. The new attraction will feature six towers strategically positioned for a zipline experience over the mixed-use property. As reported earlier, ticket sales will be handled from new office space on Main Street at The Wharf. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties handled the lease transaction.

Cricket Wireless has opened a new location in the area. The national retailer recently leased 1,750 square feet of retail space at 18520-B Media Drive, adjacent to Dollar Tree in Robertsdale. Andrew Dickman with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc. is leasing 1,313 square feet of office space in the Hillcrest Office Building at 1111 Hillcrest Road in Mobile. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties represented the property owner. Niki Coker with NAI-Mobile LLC worked for the tenant.

Pratt Thomas with The Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. recently reported selling the property at 3213 Dauphin St. formerly occupied by the Dermatology Center. The building is approximately 7,000 square feet. The buyer plans to demolish the structure to build a Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits. The property sits on approximately 1.2 acres and sold for $782,000. Mike Reid with White-Spunner Realty worked for the buyer.

Kids Kount Therapy Services, which provides speech, occupational and physical therapy for children, has leased 1,200 square feet of space at 3512 Godwin Court in Mobile and is now open for business. This is the second office location for the company. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties managed the transaction.

GRGI Inc. Physical Therapy is leasing 2,400 square feet of office space at 9948 Airport Blvd. in Mobile, with plans to open later this month. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.

An out-of-state investor recently purchased two buildings at 8630 Bellingrath Road for $250,000. The first building encompasses 9,000 square feet and has been leased for three years. The leasing tenant is Chatawa Management, a dumpster refurbishing company.

The second building is 3,000 square feet and is available for lease, according to Pete Riehm of NAI-Mobile, who represented the buyers. Joey Betbeeze of Betbeeze Realty Company worked for the sellers, who are also out of state.

Painting With a Twist has leased a 2,100-square-foot store in Eastern Shore Plaza located at 10200 Eastern Shore Blvd. in Spanish Fort. The art studio chain plans to open in late summer. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties worked for the landlord. Jones Lang LaSalle worked on behalf of the tenant.

Roughly 1.13 acres of property located at 5810 U.S. Hwy 90 in Theodore was acquired for $1.95 million by Regions Bank, as reported by Andrew Chason with Marcus & Millichap in Fairhope. Regions Bank currently occupies the property.

Burger King is opening a new location at 659 Government Blvd. in downtown Mobile. The fast-food chain will occupy 3,481 square feet of restaurant space in the former Arby’s location, and is expected to open this fall. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord. The Shopping Center Group worked for the tenant.

Ahead of a grand opening for the general public, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will hold a soft opening for select guests in a public relations event to be held at its newest location inside The Shoppes at Bel Air in Mobile on Wednesday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. A tasting event will include complimentary samplings of chef’s selection pizzas, freshly tossed salads and house-made desserts, as well as Grimaldi’s signature red wine blend, Mille Gradi.

AHA awards Providence “Gold” status
Providence Hospital recently earned “Gold” status in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines — Heart Failure” program. Per a news release, this award recognizes facilities that achieve at least two years of 85 percent or higher adherence to the program measures that are demonstrated to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.

Three years ago, more than 15 percent of all patients with congestive heart failure at Providence were readmitted within a month of being discharged. Readmissions are often the result of inconsistent follow-up by patients who do not have a good understanding of their illness, are non-compliant with medication and other aspects of their needed care, and often involve high costs.

To decrease the number of readmissions, the hospital’s Caring Hearts Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Clinic Program was expanded to include daily rounds by a CHF nurse educator, who visits all hospitalized patients with heart failure to make sure they have a primary care physician and their medications. Home health services are also secured for those who need them and education is provided about CHF.

After discharge, every CHF patient is contacted to make sure they understand and remember what they’ve been told about their follow-up care. Later the discharge team calls patients regularly to confirm appointments, make sure they have their medication and simply check to see how they’re feeling.

As a result, about three times as many patients are now seen in the clinic, and the number of readmissions has fallen from 15.31 percent in fiscal year 2014 to 12.3 percent in fiscal year 2017.