Expanding its focus on the Alabama and Florida coastal areas by beefing up its regional footprint, Ridgeland, Mississippi, based C Spire Business Solutions (CSBS) has opened a new 8,495-square-foot office in downtown Mobile. The company plans to offer a prodigious portfolio of telecommunications and technology services for local businesses, as promulgated in a recent news release.

Located in the 34-story RSA-Trustmark Building at 107 St. Francis St., the space houses a 40-member staff that provides sales, account management, engineering, customer support, project management and administration, according to Marc Geis, CSBS general manager.
A 4,580-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Tillman’s Corner was also recently leased by CSBS to support consumer and business customers, according to Geis.  

“We’re expanding our presence in Mobile and the “SunCoast Region” so consumers and businesses can have ready access to our growing suite of products and services,” Geis said.  “As a company that gets its inspiration from our customers, we’re passionate about delivering world-class customer service.”

Earlier this year, CSBS opened a new 4,000-square-foot prototype retail store in the newly renovated Pinebrook Shopping Center in Mobile. The locale has been touted as a “state-of-the-art” retail experience for shoppers, per a company announcement, featuring a fully functional “hands on” demonstration area for products and services available through CSBS, as well as a phone repair center where technicians can troubleshoot and fix mobile device issues on the spot.

“We’re pleased that C Spire is growing and investing in Mobile and helping our region reach its potential,” Kevin Carey, executive vice president and market president for Trustmark Bank, said.

“We need locally based telecom and tech business and C Spire has a great reputation as a solid company with excellent customer service — so this is a win-win for everyone involved,” commercial real estate broker John Vallas of Vallas Realty said. Vallas’ firm helped C Spire acquire all three expansion sites in Mobile.

The new regional office, flagship retail store, warehouse and distribution facilities represent a significant capital and network investment by the company in the Mobile and Baldwin county region. Local C Spire retail customers can expect to see expanded availability of 4G LTE mobile broadband services. CSBS business clients now have access to an expanded suite of enterprise-grade voice, data and cloud-based solutions.

Established in 1988, C Spire is the largest privately held wireless communications provider in the country with primary coverage focused on the Southeastern United States. The company employs a workforce of more than 1,350 across all offices.  

Commercial real estate moves
Bob Cooper of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Cooper & Co. announced that an investor from the area purchased a 1,700-square-foot office space located at 2108 Government St. for $162, 500. Future plans for the property are to be converted into law offices, Cooper said.

Saraland Pharmacy recently held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new store. Mayor Howard J. Rubenstein officially cut the ribbon and welcomed the retailer to the city. Representatives of the Saraland Chamber of Commerce also attended. Located at 106A Saraland Loop Road in the Rouse’s Market shopping center, the full-service pharmacy is locally owned by Kelly and Jonathan Stinson and David and Laura Darby. The pharmacy has five employees on payroll.

According to court records, the 82,000-square-foot Legacy Village at Spring Hill, located at 9 Du Rhu Drive in Mobile, was purchased by Legacy Village LLC, a partnership of local investors. Surety Land Title handled the closing of the transaction; Nathan Handmacher of Stirling Properties managed the deal for both buyer and seller.

A non-local speculator purchased 2.2 acres located on Government Boulevard near Interstate 65 for $1.2 million. Two buildings currently sit on the former miniature golf site, directly across from Bay Chevrolet. Surety Land Title managed closing of the transaction; the purchaser plans to lease the property in the near future.      
Urquhart joins White-Spunner Realty
Mobile-based White-Spunner Realty announced the addition of Marietta Murray Urquhart as a commercial sales associate. Urquhart, a licensed Realtor who specializes in commercial sales and leasing, has worked in the local real estate industry for more than a decade.

“As an active volunteer and professional businesswoman, Marietta has worked diligently to develop our area,” Matt White, president of White-Spunner Realty, said. “She brings a genuine passion for the Gulf Coast and all it has to offer to our company. We’re thrilled she’s joined our team.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the whole team,” Urquhart said. “There’s a lot of positive energy in Mobile right now. This is a great time to be in business here.”

 Urquhart earned a degree in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Mobile Area Association of Realtors and the Commercial Exchange Club.

Urquhart also is a trustee of the University of Alabama System and has served on a variety of boards for the past 30 years, including First Community Bank, the Community Foundation of South Alabama and the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast. She’s a graduate of Leadership Mobile and Leadership Alabama.

Hayes named “Jeweler of the Year” at ceremony
The 24Karat Club of the Southeastern U.S. recently named Mary Hayes, local owner of Mobile-based Hayes Jewelers, as its 2015 “Jeweler of the Year” at a black-tie dinner held at the Atlanta Country Club. The event was attended by more than 200 leaders in the jewelry industry.

“Every nominee was extremely qualified. However, her exemplary dedication and commitment to civic duties made Hayes the ideal choice for this special award,” award chairperson Randy Lindsey said.

Establishing Hayes Jewelers in March 1982, Hayes has 55 years of experience in the retail jewelry industry. She received her degree from the Gemological Institute of America in 1978 and became a Jewelers of America Certified senior sales professional in 2001.

Hayes is also a certified appraiser for fine jewelry. Her business moved into its freestanding building at 5456 Cottage Hill Road from its previous location in Regency Square in 1998.

Hayes has served on the Bishop State College School for Jewelry and Watch Repair Board for 38 years, educates elementary school children at local schools by publicly speaking about diamonds and gemstones, and is member of the Alabama Jewelers Association.