Locally owned and operated Harper Technologies will be moving its headquarters and main office to 50 N. Broad St. in Mobile by mid-September, adding to downtown Mobile’s expanding technology footprint.

The tech firm is moving from 29000 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne into the 65-year-old former BFGoodrich Tire Store, which has been vacant more than a decade. Harper Technologies provides IT repairs, services and solutions.

The Automobile Alley Historic District in downtown Mobile was recently included in the National Register of Historic Places. The area was listed for its significance as the focal point for the automobile industry in Mobile for approximately 50 years. Many of the buildings in this district feature elements of Art Deco and other Modernist styles popularized during the 20th century, specifically within the automobile industry.

A new 6,000-square-foot MoonPie General Store is slated to open in late 2016 in downtown Mobile inside the Trustmark Building. It will be the fifth site opened in the Southeast by the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based retailer. A grand opening is planned sometime around New Year’s Eve with visits from MoonPie factory headquarter representatives. Additional stores in the chain are located in Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge and Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Radical Ridez, a specialty auto and truck customization shop, has leased 5,000 square feet of space at 163 Riviera Blvd. in Foley, with an anticipated opening date of Sept. 1, 2016. Andrew Dickman with Stirling Properties executive leasing handled the transaction.

Coastal Eye Care LLC has leased 4,500 square feet of medical space at 10184 Eastern Shore Blvd. across from Eastern Shore Centre in Spanish Fort, with plans to open by December. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties Broker managed the transaction.

Some 2,200 square feet of space at 7765 Airport Blvd. at Westwood Plaza in west Mobile was recently leased by Gautier, Mississippi-based Sunglass World. Shannon Tyndall of BUR Commercial managed the transaction. Plans are in place for the retailer to open in November.

According to Vallas Realty, Navigator Credit Union has acquired a 4,000-square-foot former bank property on the corner of Cottage Hill and Schillinger Road and will be opening its fifth local branch sometime this year.

Per Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Co., Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reggie Washington, founders of Port City Hospitality Group LLC, are opening Southern National, a new restaurant in partnership with Tiffanie Barriere, at 360 Dauphin St. in the Mobile Arts District. The 2,600-square-foot eatery will offer an additional 1,000 square feet of patio area for patrons. The 358 and 360 Dauphin St. blocks are also part of a $3 million renovation project by an out-of-town developer. Grand opening is slated for December.

Vallas Realty leased a 3,200-square-foot restaurant space in a new retail center under development in Saraland on Highway 158 to Dothan, Alabama-based eatery Goldfinger’s. This will be its second site to open locally and fifth overall, according to the company’s website. Plans reportedly are in place for rapid expansion by the franchise into markets across the state over the next few years. The new retail center is being developed by Hix Snedeker Cos.; a remaining 2,800-square-foot space is still available for lease. Discussions with additional tenants are ongoing. 

John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. recently reported City Cuts has leased 1,750 square feet of studio space at 710 Industrial Parkway in Saraland, with plans to move soon from its present site on Saraland Boulevard. Delchamps also reported locally owned health food and vitamin retailer The Health Hut leased a 1,000-square-foot retail space at 2032 Airport Blvd. in Mobile with plans to open in the near future.

New Infirmary Medical Plaza in Saraland holds groundbreaking
Infirmary Health broke ground in Saraland on Aug. 19 for construction of a new 68,000-square-foot medical complex. The new Infirmary Medical Plaza is scheduled to open in late 2017, according to a news release. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on Shell Street, near the northwest side of the intersection of Interstate 65 and Highway 158.

“People want the convenience of having advanced medical care close to home,” Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health, said. “This new facility will offer Saraland and neighboring communities the care they expect close to where they live and work.”

Residents in Saraland and surrounding communities will have access to laboratory and imaging services along with subspecialty care, with convenient, easy access. There will also be additional space on campus for physician practices.

“Saraland is absolutely thrilled to welcome the new Infirmary Medical Campus to our community. The outstanding medical services that this facility will make available locally will be greatly appreciated by all North Mobile residents. We look forward to the continued growth and development of this wonderful complex,” Saraland Mayor Howard Rubenstein said.

For more information on Infirmary Health’s hospitals, facilities and services provided or the event, its website.