Mobile-based Bay Steel Corp. recently announced the expansion of its local operations with a new capital investment of $6.29 million and plans in place to hire five more employees. The new facility will be operational in the first quarter of 2020. MW Rogers Construction Co., based in Mobile, will serve as the general contractor on the development.
The family-owned business was opened by Bob Collins in 1988 and currently is staffed with 13 employees. Bay Steel also has 32 acres on Todd Acres Drive across from Mobile Commerce Park and recently decided to construct a 76,500-square-foot office and warehousing space on 7.5 acres, according to vice president Neal Collins. The company will be relocating from its existing facility at the Port of Mobile.
“It’s important that the Chamber supports businesses grown and developed here,” Colton Cureton, project manager for the Chamber who headed up the project, said. “Of its key competitors, Bay Steel is unique in that it is the only steel service center and metal wholesaler headquartered in Mobile.”
A new Holiday Inn Express & Suites located at 109 Long St., directly across from the University of South Alabama’s (USA) main campus, recently held a grand opening and ribbon cutting with several high-level officials in attendance. According to investor and co-owner Dr. Ritesh Gupta, the new four-story property is around 55,000 square feet and has 91 rooms, three meeting spaces, a pool, workout facility and free Wi-Fi and offers complimentary breakfast. Pete Reihm and Tim Herrington with NAI Mobile handled the development of the property site.
“We’re very glad to have it here. It is a place where families can stay for events at the university,” USA President Tony Waldrop said. “This past weekend, there was evidence of that because they were sold out when we had our graduation. We also are very pleased that they’re willing to work with us on developing an internship program for our hospitality management program students. They can come here and get real-world experience.”
Washington D.C.-headquartered Strayer University recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its Mobile campus located at 3 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. This marks the university’s fifth campus in the state. Summer classes will start in July. The online university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, accounting and information technology among other programs. The roughly 4,000-square-foot office will function as a space for students to meet with faculty and provide student-support resources.
Pure Life Rx, a locally owned pharmacy focused on compounding and generic prescriptions, located at 1502 N. McKenzie St., Suite 114, in Foley, is expanding from its current 1,200-square-foot footprint to a larger, 3,000-square-foot building located at 1518 N. McKenzie St., Suite 412, by late summer. Build out on the new space includes around $50,000 of capital investments for renovations. Plans are also in place to open more locations in both Mobile and Baldwin counties over the next several years, according to owner Jeffery Hoover.
Foley-based specialty hot dog franchise, Whacked Out Weiner (WOW), recently held a grand opening for its fifth site, located at 29640 State Hwy. 181 in Daphne. The franchise, locally owned by Juston Smith, covers a footprint of 600 square feet and is located inside a 3,500-square-foot Shell gas station locally owned by Spriggs Enterprises. The owner plans to build a second site near the intersection of Hwy 98 and County Road 64 in the next six months, as well as set up a Daphne-based food truck service.
Atlanta-headquartered Huddle House has acquired the 2,500 square foot former Wendy’s restaurant situated at 803 Saraland Blvd. in Saraland for $450,000. Plans are in place to open sometime in Fall 2019. This is reportedly the first Huddle House to open in the area recently with the next-closest franchise found in Brewton. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties worked for the seller in the transaction. Atlanta-based Sullivan Wickley Real Estate represented the buyer.
Ex Voto Vintage is leasing some 1,200 square feet of retail space located at 225 Fairhope Ave. in Fairhope. This marks the third Alabama location for the jewelry and accessories retailer, with additional stores operating in Birmingham and Montgomery. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
Breakout Games Orange Beach, an entertainment experience, is expanding at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The escape room operator has leased an additional 1,400 square feet of space adjacent to its current, second-floor location on Main Street. Plans are in place for new escape rooms ready for the Summer 2019 season. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties managed the transaction.
Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama renames branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama (BGCSA) recently renamed its branch located at 35 Cody Road S. in West Mobile in honor of long-time board member Bernard Malkove. Malkove has been a member of the Metro Board of BGSCA for 25 years, serving the organization in many capacities, including as chairman of its board in the 1991 – 1992 term.
During his tenure, Malkove has collected numerous accolades for service, including BGCSA’S B.R. Wilson Leadership Award, Board Member of the Year Award, Man and Youth Award and the National Medallion Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Malkove has been active in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national organizations as a member of its Board of Trustees for the Southeast Region. He has also directed fundraising efforts for the local area’s nonprofit chapter, which has generated more than $5 million dollars to support BGCSA’s mission of supporting positive youth initiatives.
“Believing that Bernard’s selfless dedication to Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama and to the members it serves merited permanent recognition,” Christopher Armstrong, BGSCA’s marketing director, said in a prepared statement, “on Thursday, May 9, 2019, BGCSA established the club location on Cody Road, a partnership with Providence Hospital, as the Benard Malkove Branch at Cody Road.”
Established locally more than 61 years ago, BGCSA currently serves nearly 6,000 young people through membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns and public housing in BGCSA-affiliated Youth Centers. National headquarters is located in Atlanta. More information about BGCSA can be found on Facebook or at bgcsouthal.org.
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