Auburn-based franchise Chicken Salad Chick recently announced the opening of its second site in Mobile and third eatery in the area including a location in Daphne. A grand opening was held Monday, Feb. 22, at 5753 Old Shell Road in the South Landing Retail Shopping Center. All three fast-casual restaurants are locally owned and operated by the long-time franchisee team of Misty Lee Hudson and Heath McClure.

Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Co., Inc., recently sold a .75-acre lot at 2712 Springhill Ave. for $65,000. The site is currently vacant and was previously occupied by Soft Shine Car Wash and a gas station. The adjacent property, Deuel Drug Store, is the buyer and plans to clear the area to construct a new pharmacy, according to Thomas Stantech Engineering is in the process of moving into a new 2,000-square-foot office space on the ground floor inside the newly renovated Montlimar Place office tower by the middle of March. Tommy Gleason with NAI-Mobile handled the transaction. Stantech is relocating from the Riverview Plaza office building downtown.

According to Mamun Siddiq with REMAX partners, the Chevron gas station located at 5225 Rangeline Road in the Tillman’s Corner area of West Mobile, near both U.S. 90 and Interstate 65, was acquired by a local speculator for $1.5 million. The property also fronts a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

According to Amber Dedeaux with Vallas Realty, Securitas Security Services has signed a five-year lease for a 2,200-square-foot office space in The Executive Center on Western America Circle. Janet Keene with Bender Real Estate represented the landlord and Dedeaux worked for the tenant.

Some 2,400 square feet of retail space was leased to Michael Ross Jewelers at 2370 Hillcrest Road in Hillwood Shopping Center in Mobile. Michael Reid with White-Spunner Realty represented the landlord. Angela McArthur with Stirling Properties worked for the tenant. Plans are in place for the jeweler to open this spring.   

According to Ken Crabtree of REMAX Paradise, eight acres located in Orange Beach and adjacent to Canal Road was acquired for $665,000 by an out-of-state investor. Jimbo Waldrup of REMAX Orange Beach represented the seller and Crabtree worked for the buyer.

Doctor’s Diet Program is leasing a 2,100-square-foot office space in Spanish Fort at the Eastern Shore Plaza. Angela McArthur with Stirling Properties managed the transaction. This will be the medical weight loss firm’s first foray into Baldwin County, according to McArthur.

Locally owned grocery store chain Greer’s, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, recently opened its 34th store, in Bay Minette.

Health Occupations Career Fair expects high turnout  
The Bay Area Healthcare Coalition and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will once again help students interested in health care careers to experience and learn about specific sectors through the annual Health Occupations Career Fair.

The event is set for Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. Nearly 700 Mobile and Baldwin county high school sophomores selected by their guidance counselors are scheduled to attend.

Local high schools participating in the program include McGill-Toolen, Cottage Hill, Citronelle, Alma Bryant, Theodore, Satsuma, St. Luke’s, Davidson, Spanish Fort, Williamson, LeFlore, Vigor, Murphy, B.C. Rain, Baker, Fairhope, Foley, Daphne, Robertsdale, Mary G. Montgomery and Blount.

According to the June 2015 State of the Workforce Report released by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research, registered nurses are first on the list of high-demand occupations, with personal care aids ranked third and home health aides coming in at fifth.

Additional highlights from last year’s workforce report include:
• The top five fast-growing occupations include personal care aides, physical therapist assistants and diagnostic medial sonographers, rated as first, second and third, respectively.

• In the top 50 high-earning occupations, with average salaries ranging from $79,194 to $276,411, eight of the top 10 are health occupations.

• The profession of nurse practitioner is the only occupation to rank in the top 40 high-demand, top 20 fast-growing and top 50 high-earning categories.

“The Health Occupations Career Fair is often a student’s first hands-on opportunity in a variety of careers. While the experience is simulated, our exhibitors strive to create excitement about their chosen profession. We know this experience translates into educated decisions about their own career choices,” according to Carol Statter, workforce development coordinator with Infirmary Health and coalition chairman.

Students will rotate through 15 exhibits and conduct activities such as putting splints on broken thumbs, practice injections, drill through bones, learn rehabilitation procedures and more.

According to organizers, in the career fair’s 12 years of existence more than 9,000 local students have participated.

BIS named to top 500 service provider list
Robertsdale-based Business Information Solutions, a Gulf Coast IT support company, recently announced CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named BIS to its 2016 Managed Service Provider 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. 

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premise and off-premise services; and the MSP Hosting Service Provider 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based services.

“It’s an honor to receive recognition for devotion to our company and this industry,” Phillip Long, CEO of BIS Technology Group, said. “Our experienced leadership team has moved us forward by keeping BIS focused on achieving success through sound business practices.”