In March, the flagship Shoe Station in midtown Mobile will be moving from The Shoppes at Bel Air to a larger, updated space across Airport Boulevard at Springdale Mall.

The new 21,000-square-foot store is being designed specifically for shoe retail, with high ceilings, natural lighting and increased visibility from Airport Boulevard and Interstate 10.

Founder Terry Barkin opened Shoe Station’s first location in 1984 at Bel Air Mall in a former tire and battery center. The company subsequently expanded to 21 stores throughout the Southeast.

Shoe Station’s opening the first week of March will coincide with the company’s 35th anniversary

“We are moving across Airport Boulevard into a space that will highlight new styles and selections. To celebrate this benchmark, deals will be available at all locations during the weekend of the grand opening,” President and CEO Brent Barkin said. 

The new Shoe Station will feature an enlarged area for assorted merchandise. The original store’s management and sales team will be moving to the new location.

“We will continue to grow and adapt with the Southeastern market, but our commitment to branded merchandise in an open-shelf setting for the entire family remains. Some things never change,” Barkin said.

Shoe Station is one of the nation’s larger independent shoe retailers, with locations in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Georgia. Its recently updated website attracts approximately one million visitors annually.

Springdale Mall is undergoing extensive renovations to facilitate anchor tenants, including Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond. Future plans include a relocation of Burlington into a new storefront where Best Buy was previously located.

Hampton Inn opens in Saraland

A Hampton Inn & Suites with 100 guest rooms and suites recently opened in Saraland and now employs more than 18 new staff. The hotel will eventually employ up to 30 workers in both part- and full-time positions, according to a news release.

The $15.5 million hotel features a new exterior design and redesigned public spaces and guest rooms. It is located on 2.5 acres, part of Infirmary Health System’s north campus at the intersection of I-65 and Highway 158.   Adjacent to the hotel is a recently opened Cracker Barrel restaurant and across the street is the new Publix-anchored Saraland Crossing shopping center.

The hotel’s amenities include 900 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 60 guests. A boardroom is available for meetings of up to 14 people.

The Hampton Inn & Suites in Saraland is the second in the U.S. to feature the chain’s newest design. The new prototype, officially announced in May by Hilton Worldwide, is the first in a decade for the franchise of more than 2,300 hotels.

Hampton is part of Hilton Honors, the popular guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 hotel brands.  More information can be found on the company’s website.

Business moves, transactions

• A local investor has purchased the Port City Inn, a 36,504-square-foot, 138-room hotel located at 1520 Matzenger Drive in Mobile, and will continue operating the property as a hotel. Jill Meeks, sales executive with Stirling Properties, represented the seller in the transaction. Florida Capital Realty worked for the buyer.

• Paschall Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paschall Truck Lines, has leased 1,695 square feet of office space in Daphne at 26450 Pollard Road. Paschall has been in business since the 1930s and is an employee-owned company headquartered Murray, Kentucky. 

This is one of the trucking company’s first forays into the South Alabama market, offering shipping and freight solutions for businesses. Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty handled the transaction.

• Tyndall Federal Credit Union has leased some 2,333 square feet of office space currently under renovation and located at 6353-A Cottage Hill Road in The Cottage Crest Village shopping center. 

The credit union was represented by Guy Oswalt with Jones, Lang, Lasalle; the owner was represented by Mike McAleer with The McAleer Tunstall Co. The space is currently being renovated.

• Loenbro Inc., an industrial contractor, has leased a 16,670-square-foot office warehouse space on a 2-acre parcel of land at 2470 I-65 Service Road N. Mike McAleer with The McAleer Tunstall Co. handled the lease.

AGB raises nearly one-quarter million for local charities

Adjusters Give Back (AGB) recently hosted its annual Christmas event, “DEC the Halls,” at the Downtowner Executive Center in Mobile, raising close to a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of holiday gifts for local-area charities.

The 501(c)(3), funded solely by employee donations, collected $235,000 this year exclusively earmarked for local charities. For the eighth consecutive year, AGB provided Christmas presents for children in foster care in both Mobile and Baldwin counties as part of its service project programs.

Organizations supported by AGB in 2018 with gifts of toys, electronics, sporting goods and monetary donations include:

Alabama Coastal Trust; American Heart Association; Aubreigh’s Army; Bras for a Cause; Celebrate Hope; Delta Bike Project; Delta Dogs; Dogs on Deployment; Feeding the Gulf Coast; Fisher House Foundation; Freedom Service Dogs; Jackson County MS Animal Shelter; Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast-St. Jude Mardi Gras Ball; Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi/Ocean Springs MS; Mitchell Cancer Institute; Mobile Meals; Operation Support our Troops; People of Mars Hill; Providence Hospital Breast Cancer; Outreach Samaritan’s Purse; Service Dogs of Alabama; 1st Foundation; Southeastern Guide Dogs; St. Baldrick’s Foundation; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Walk to End Childhood Cancer; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Memphis 2 Mobile Run; Thanksgiving meals for the needy; The Cure Starts Now; The Peninsula of Mobile; USA Children & Women’s Bridge Program; USS Alabama Foundation; VFW; VOA Southeast Beacon on the Bay; VOA Southeast Food Bank; and VOA Southeast Operation Backpack.