Hamilton & Company LLC. recently represented Five Star Industrial Service Support Center LLC in the lease of a new 7,860-square-foot, 1.35-acre free-standing location at 6135 Rangeline Road in Mobile. Ralph Neal with Inge & Associates Inc. worked for the property owner.

This is the industrial safety supply company’s first location to serve lower Alabama, according to a news release.

“I am excited to assist in relocating Five Star Industrial to a larger location. This branch represents the fifth location for the Glencoe, Alabama-based company,” Lewis H. Golden, broker at Hamilton & Co., said.

Ground has officially been broken on a new Cracker Barrel eatery, slated to open in March 2018 at 88 Shell St. in Saraland.

The Lebanon, Tennessee-based company’s 10,000-square-foot site will be capable of handling up to 180 patrons at maximum capacity and staff upwards of 175 full- and part-time employees when fully operational. Hiring typically begins a month in advance of opening, according to a news release.

“This will be our 31st location in Alabama,” corporate communications manager Breeanna Straessle said. “We first entered the state over 30 years ago in Cullman. We have three other locations within 20 miles of this upcoming one in Saraland, including two in Mobile and one in Spanish Fort. We haven’t opened a new location in the Mobile area in over 12 years.”

According to Straessle, all Cracker Barrel stores locally buy the antique adornments famously bedecking interiors. “Our design team has begun researching Saraland and will be selecting the antique décor in the coming weeks,” she said.

Classical Ballet of Mobile signed a lease for 6,644 square feet of space at Park Center located at 740 Museum Drive in the Springhill area. Jay Roberds and Heather Huffman with NAI Mobile brokered the transaction. For information regarding additional available leasing at the center, contact Heather Huffman.

TLC Vapes has leased 2,100 square feet of space in the Foley Beach Express Center, located just south of Highway 98 in Foley, and plans to open the first part of August. Terry McKinney with Delaney Land and Realty LLC handled the transaction.

According to Buff Teague with JLL, some 1,750 square feet of retail space was leased by AT&T and approximately 1,600 square feet of space will be occupied by Dunkin’ Donuts inside a new shopping center to be called Campus Corner.

The site is slated to open either late summer or early fall in a commercial area near the corner of Old Shell Road and University Boulevard. A little over 3,100 square feet of space is still available for lease per Teague, the property’s leasing agent.

Edema Therapy Company LLC, an occupational therapy firm located at 314 Whiting Court in Daphne that provides lymphedema treatment for patients at their homes, will be moving. Their new offices will be in the Manci office building on Main Street in Old Towne Daphne. Terry McKinney with Delany Land and Realty LLC managed the transaction.

Baldwin County realty merger
Roberts Brothers Inc. and RealtySouth, both affiliates of Berkshire Hathaway, recently announced the merger of RealtySouth’s Orange Beach office with Roberts Brothers.

According to a news release, the office will operate under the Roberts Brothers brand as Roberts Brothers Gulf Coast. Amber Brown will serve as the manager of the new office and oversee the day-to-day operations. Brown is a longtime resident of Baldwin County and a sales producer.

Moving forward, Roberts Brothers Inc. will operate five offices with more than 250 sales associates working in the Mobile, Eastern Shore and Gulf Coast markets. Both RealtySouth and Roberts Brothers Inc. are subsidiaries under HomeServices of America Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, with more than 27,000 sales associates and 500 offices across the U.S.

The merger was a response to explosive real estate growth in the area. Sales activity has risen by nearly 300 percent since 2012, according to Roberts Brothers director of operations Mickie Russell. “This is an important step in strengthening our position in the overall Baldwin County market,” he said.

RealtySouth operates 18 offices with approximately 850 sales associates and is the largest residential brokerage company in Alabama. While the Orange Beach office will merge with Roberts Brothers, the brand will continue to operate and grow its footprint throughout the rest of the state.

“The partnership is really a perfect match. This blending of cultures is a win-win for our buyers, sellers and agents across the state,” Richard Grimes, president & CEO of RealtySouth, said.

UM names business school dean
Todd Greer, former chief catalyst and CEO of #Exchange202, a shared workspace community in downtown Mobile, has been named dean of the School of Business at University of Mobile. Greer will lead expansion and program development for the Christian university’s internationally accredited School of Business.

“We are excited to have someone of Dr. Greer’s caliber and experience join the UM team. I have no doubt he will bring a spirit of entrepreneurism to our School of Business,” Dr. Chris McCaghren, provost and vice president for academic affairs at UM said.

Greer holds a doctorate in organizational leadership with a major in human resource development from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia; a master’s in ministerial leadership from Amridge University in Montgomery; completed graduate work in communications studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a bachelor’s in communication studies from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.

“I am tremendously honored to be able to work alongside the administration, faculty and staff at University of Mobile as we work to provide our students with a grounded academic experience that prepares them to fulfill their professional calling,” Greer said.

He has served as lead instructor and board member with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation PortAL and as instructor for the chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy for high school students.

Greer is also a board member for United Way of Southwest Alabama and an advisory board member with Veterans Recovery Resources.