The former 29,544-square-foot West Telemarketing Co., located at 3262 Dauphin St. in the former Scotty’s Warehouse site near the corner of Interstate 65 and Dauphin Street in Mobile, will be leased by Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Results Co. The call center business plans to add up to 300 new local jobs when at full capacity by the end of this year, according to Matt Cummings with Cummings & Associates. Adam Metcalf with Metcalf & Co. represented the landlord in the transaction and Cummings worked for the tenant.
Kirby Properties LLC recently purchased a 10,000-square-foot facility located at 3590 Pleasant Valley Road in Mobile for $285,000. The facility will house Bright Beginnings and is expected to open in the fall. Justin Toomey, Stirling Properties associate broker, represented the seller. Craig Dyas with Dyas LLC worked for the buyer. Title Guarantee and Abstract Co. LLC handled the title work.
iEnvy Nail Bar at 7335 Airport Blvd., Suite D, in Mobile recently held a grand opening. Its owners are the husband and wife team of Vincent Tran and Ratry Sathchakham, who have more than 25 years of experience in the beauty industry. The 2,300-square-foot space offers six levels of hot-stone therapy; herbal, spa and classic manicures, pedicures; permanent makeup; and eyebrow, eyelash and waxing services. The salon currently employs eight but expects ramp up to 15 certified beauty specialists at full capacity.
Per Gavin Bender Sr. with the Bender Real Estate Group, the 44,000-square-foot Paramount Center office building located at 1141 Montlimar Drive in Mobile was bought by a group of local investors for about $3.5 million. Current tenant occupancy of the business property is around 80 percent.
Roberts Brothers Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has opened its second office in Baldwin County, located at 29640 Hwy. 181 South, Suite A, in Daphne. The facility will serve as a branch office as well as the Baldwin County location for the company’s real estate school, the Academy of Real Estate.
Shoe Station founder dies
Shoe Station founder Terry Barkin passed away last Thursday evening, July 7, at Mobile Infirmary surrounded by his family, according to his son, Brent Barkin, executive vice president of the Mobile-based company. He was 77 years old.
Born Aug. 4, 1938, Barkin grew up working in his family’s retail store in Winter Haven, Florida, before attending the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1960. He earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business a few years later.
After working for the Rich’s Department store chain in Atlanta for 22 years as senior vice president of merchandising, overseeing six divisions, Barkin took a gamble in 1984 by launching Shoe Station in a former tire and battery shop in Mobile where his wife’s family resides.
Thirty-two years later, the company he founded has 20 stores with more than 500 employees covering five states, with continued aggressive expansion plans expected.
“Three things you need to have before going into business for yourself today: First is extensive knowledge about the product or service you are providing. Second is funding. You have to have not only the availability of initial capital when starting, but also backup funds for down the road. Finally, invest in a solid marketing plan. We’ve always out-promoted our competition on a regular basis,” Barkin said in a 2014 Lagniappe interview.
A huge proponent of higher education, Barkin is also known for establishing a scholarship within the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business.
“Best known for his honesty, integrity, business acumen, acerbic wit and uncanny ability to obtain answers to tough, pointed questions, his stern exterior and relentless work ethic masked a man who found humor in often the most challenging of situations,” Brent Barkin said in an obituary released by the family.
Terry Barkin is survived by his wife of nine years, Theresa; his brother, Marvin; sons James, Brent, Brad and Jordan and daughter Katherine; five grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
USAMC recognized by American Heart Association
According to a news release, the University of South Alabama Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to be recognized by the American Heart Association for the way stroke patients are cared for when they arrive at the emergency department. The Medical Center’s stroke team had to achieve specific results spanning a two-year period to receive the award. The latest statistics on stroke indicate it is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the country.
USA Medical Center’s stroke team earned the AHA/American Stroke Association’s “Get with the guidelines — stroke gold plus target: stroke honor roll elite plus” award. USA Medical Center was the first hospital in Alabama to receive this honor for the rapid administration of a stroke-stopping medication called tPA.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally respected clinical guidelines,” Administrator Beth Anderson said. “USA Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the guidelines help us achieve that goal.”
To qualify for the award, the hospital had to meet quality measures aimed at the reduction of time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tPA. This clot buster is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic strokes. If given intravenously within 3 to 4.5 hours following the onset of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the debilitating effects of a stroke.