Mobile’s first flying lunch is one step closer to reality after Deuce Drone received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to begin drone delivery from Legacy Village to BB&T Financial Center near the Interstate 65 service road.
Deuce Drones plans to use the deliveries from Legacy Village restaurants to customers at BB&T to begin working out the process of drone delivery. The FAA recently granted Deuce Drone approval to conduct Operations Over People in compliance with the administration’s recent Part 107 rule enhancements. The new regulations eliminate the need for a waiver to operate over people. This will enable the company to rapidly expand same-day drone delivery.
“We’re thrilled about the FAA’s changes to rule 107 and receiving our compliance license,” Deuce Drones CEO Rhett Ross said. “Being able to conduct FAA-compliant operations over people affords a number of promising business opportunities and provides a path to monetizing metropolitan delivery services. This marks a truly significant milestone in Deuce Drone’s growth trajectory.”
Deuce Drone is developing technology and services to provide last-mile delivery for brick-and-mortar retailers by enabling drone shipment from existing stores. This will allow the use of drones to transform retail stores into “customer fulfillment centers,” which will allow them to compete with e-commerce companies.
John Vallas Realty reports an out-of-town buyer paid $560,000 for the former Chevron at 5575 Highway 90 in Theodore and plans to redevelop the site in the near future. Vallas handled the transaction on the seller’s side and Vicki Tyler of Paces Commercial Real Estate represented the buyer.
A local investor also paid $550,000 for the Shell station at 9200 Moffett Road in Semmes and plans to continue operating the location as a convenience store, Vallas said. And the local Tropical Smoothie franchisee has leased 1,600 square feet at The Shoppes at Rangeline. Vallas represented the tenant and Heather Huffman with Huffman Real Estate Services represented the landlord. The new Tropical Smoothie location is expected to open sometime later this year.
Some local Love
On April 15, Love’s opened its 17th truck stop location in the state. Located at 8400 County Farm Road in Irvington, the new location adds 90 jobs to the community as well as 109 truck parking spaces. In addition to showers, laundry facilities and a dog park, the new location also sports a Bojangles restaurant. A Speedco truck care service will also open soon.
Mobile’s homegrown chain Shoe Station announced it is hiring as many as 150 employees in the five Southeastern states where it has locations due to increased sales in stores and online. Shoe Station has 21 stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana and hiring is underway for full- and part-time employees.
“Business has picked up in the past few months, and we are hiring in anticipation of a busy summer season,” Shoe Station President Brent Barkin said. “Our buyers purchased tens of thousands of pairs of the latest styles of sandals, shoes and accessories for women, men and children, and now the cartons are arriving. It’s an exciting time to explore different opportunities at a growing company that often promotes from within.”
Factors driving business include pent-up demand from COVID, changing fashions and government stimulus checks. Applicants can apply at any Shoe Station location or at shoestation.com/careers.
Pure Barre and Nova to MiMo
Midtown will have new options for getting in shape and getting caffeinated as Pure Barre and Nova Market are taking up residence in the Shoppes at Midtown.
Lewis H. Golden of Hamilton & Company recently represented the property owner in the leasing of 1,600 feet of space to Pure Barre, which will be relocating to the newly constructed development from their current space in Spring Hill. Nova Market also plans to open a coffee and one-stop-shop market in the development.
“I am incredibly grateful and excited to bring the proven results of the Pure Barre technique to Midtown,” owner Laura Hails Taliancich said. “Our team is ready to provide top-notch classes as we continue to cultivate an empowering and supportive environment for our clients. We look forward to plugging into Midtown and serving the community.”
The Shoppes at Midtown is located on Old Shell Road next to the Dew Drop Inn and features 24 Class A lofts and 8,250 square feet of ground-floor restaurant and retail space. It was developed by Crescent Construction & Development Inc. in partnership with DBS Corp. and Hamilton & Co.
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