Vallas Realty Inc. recently announced that The Mix, a women’s boutique retailer, will open for business inside Legacy Village in November. The shopping center is located off of Interstate 65, north of the intersection of Du Rhu and Dauphin. The new store will be located at 9 Du Rhu Drive, Suite 345, between Lululemon and Williams-Sonoma.
The locally owned business was started by entrepreneurs (and cousins) Caroline Ward and Rives Lee. The duo has aggressive growth plans, looking to expand their brand regionally, and possibly even nationally, over the long term. The retailer specializes in clothing, jewelry, shoes, gifts and accessories and will offer exclusive brands from local and global designers.
“The Mix is excited to open our store in Legacy Village,” Ward said. “We are looking forward to creating a unique and different type of shopping experience in Mobile.”
Memphis, Tennessee-headquartered City Gear has leased some 4,200 square feet of retail space in Bowdoin Shopping Center located at 719 Highway 43 in South Saraland and plans to open in early 2020. The shoes and apparel store will occupy the 2,800-square-foot former Payless ShoeSource space combined with the adjacent 1,400 square feet currently occupied by Lilly Layne boutique.
Lilly Layne is planning to upgrade with a move into a larger, 2,400-square-foot footprint in the southern building. Other tenants in the shopping center include Piggly Wiggly, Hibbett Sports, Edward Jones and Cato, among others. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties represented the landlord in the transaction. Ron Devine with Results Realty worked for the tenant.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Mobile’s main office, located at 3058 Dauphin Square, held a ribbon cutting last week celebrating the opening of a new, 7,500-square-foot children’s playground developed strictly from donations by local foundations, businesses and individuals for $300,000. The site was named after a long-term UCP patient and will be called “Super B and Friends Playground.”
The 10,000-square-foot main property also recently underwent $75,000 in roof upgrades as part of the nonprofit’s efforts, which serves 31 Lower and Central Alabama counties, in celebrating its 65th anniversary locally.
Houston-based, disaster-recovery business Claremont Property Company Inc. recently leased an 1,100-square-foot freestanding building located at 359 St. Francis Street in Downtown Mobile. The property leased before it officially hit the market, according to Allan R. Cameron Jr. with NAI Mobile who represented the landlord. John Vallas of Vallas Realty worked for the tenant.
Old Shell Medical LLC has broken ground on a Class A physician’s office building, covering some 10,000 square feet, for USA Health on the corner of Old Shell Road and Hurlburt Street. The development site is situated near Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream and directly across from the Midtown Publix shopping center. The ownership entity was represented by Vallas Realty. Harry Brislin with USA Properties worked for the tenant.
Theodore-based Hansen Heating & Air is leasing 6,000 square feet of space located at 9365 Hard Drive in Foley. The new location is already operational and will expand the company’s operations into Baldwin County for Hansen Heating & Air, Hansen Plumbing and Hansen Electric. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties represented the landlord in the transaction. Lewis Golden with Hamilton & Company LLC represented the tenant.
Moss Investments Inc. has purchased a 5,000-square-foot office/retail building located at 758 Downtowner Blvd. in Mobile for $375,000. The new owners are planning to open a small grocery and restaurant concept, featuring Indian cuisine. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
A new 24-unit complex, located near the University of South Alabama campus in Mobile, is under development and will be named Dawson Apartments. The site is located at 94 East Drive near Old Shell Road. It will be adjacent to the 10,000-plus seat Mitchell Center arena.
U&I BTQ Franchise Company LLC is leasing 1,500 square feet of office space in Dauphin Center located at 2866 Dauphin St. in Mobile. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties and Richard Inge of Inge and Associates handled the transaction.
AM/NS Calvert recognized
AM/NS Calvert recently achieved Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) Conservation Certification, demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship. WHC’s certification program is the only voluntary sustainability standard designed for habitat enhancement and conservation education activities on corporate lands.
“AM/NS Calvert is pleased to have met the strict requirements of WHC’s Conservation Certification,” AM/NS Calvert’s Chief Operations Officer Chuck Greene said. “This achievement shows our commitment to biodiversity and conservation education and meaningful alignments with global conservation objectives.”
According to WHC, the designation offers recognition to companies that demonstrate a long-term commitment to managing quality habitat for wildlife, conservation education and community outreach initiatives. The certification reportedly adds value to programs by providing third-party credibility and an objective evaluation of conservation initiatives.
“Our commitment to sustainable development continues to be a key part of our culture, driving value for our people, business and our community partners,” said Brooke Dolbare, AM/NS Calvert’s communication manager. “We are proud of everyone who took part in this initiative and aided in this achievement.”
AM/NS Calvert will accept the certificate at the 2019 Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference on November 19 and 20, to be held in Baltimore.
Located about 35 miles north of Mobile, AM/NS Calvert is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel Corporation and one of the larger employers in the region. Purchased by ArcelorMittal and NSSMC in 2014, the plant has served the recently scrutinized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) market since 2010 with the capacity to produce 5.3 million tons of flat-rolled carbon steel products annually.
In Calvert, the facility spans 2,373 acres and includes a river terminal, hot-strip mill, cold-rolling mill, three hot-dip galvanizing lines, one continuous annealing line and rail yard. It currently employs more than 1,600 workers pulling from the local Lower Alabama region and serves the automotive, construction, pipe and tube, service center and appliance/HVAC industries.
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