Chaleur Method Brew is a new craft coffee shop set to open soon in a 1,000-square-foot space at the corner of Glenwood Street and Airport Boulevard in Mobile’s Midtown Loop area. Owners Christian and Courtney Hilley will offer “third-wave coffee,” a trend that considers coffee an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity.

The movement involves improvements at all stages of production and often incorporates “microroasting” analogous to the microbrew beer process. Fare such as locally produced French pastries will also be sold.

The coffee bar will also double as an event venue and art gallery for local artists, and is partnering with local arts and living publication Ant Farm Journal to hold Saturday workshops with painters, designers, writers and floral stylists. They additionally plan to hold a gallery highlighting a different local artist each month. Follow their progress on Facebook and Instagram at “chaleurcoffee.”

According to Shannon Tyndall of BUR Commercial, T-Mobile recently leased 2,100 square feet of retail space in Jubilee Square, 6850 U.S. Highway 90 in Daphne. Tyndall represented the landlord in the transaction, Burton Property Group.

AIDS Alabama Inc. recently acquired property at 4321 Downtowner Loop N. in Mobile for $245,000. Justin Toomey, associate broker with Stirling Properties, represented the seller and Daryl Cleworth with Merrill P. Thomas Co. worked for the buyer.

Burton Clark of Cummings & Associates sold the 11-acre site at 4130 Government Blvd. owned by Carwie Properties for $760,000 to a local investor, represented by Margie Baxter of M.J. Baxter & Co. The improvements on the site total 100,000 square feet divided into a 65,000-square-foot retail building, a 12,000-square-foot multi-tenant warehouse, a 20,000-square-foot ground-level warehouse and a 3,000-square-foot office building. There are several existing tenants at the site.

Mamun Siddiq recently handled the sale of a former Chevron gas station at 3464 Springhill Ave. in Mobile, near the intersection with Interstate 65, to an out-of-town investor for about $567,000. 

Plans are in place for a new 5,000-square-foot Gateway Market & Grille neighborhood grocery store to open at 22394 Miflin Road on County Road 20 in Foley. The grocer is among several businesses setting up shop at the new 12,000-square-foot Glenlakes Village commercial retail site adjacent to the Glenlakes Golf Course.

Also moving in is a 3,000-square-foot barbecue eatery called Butts on the Greene, scheduled to open in December. The remaining 4,000 square feet of retail space is still available for lease, per Davis Vosloh, spokesman for Glenlakes Village.

White-Spunner Construction marks 35th anniversary
Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction Inc., a general contracting, design-build and construction management company, founded in 1981 and ranked the 14th largest general contractor in the state by Business Alabama, marked its 35th anniversary with plans for westward expansion into Texas.

To date the company has completed projects in 27 states worth more than $2.4 billion in total construction value, building at an average annual volume of $73.5 million per project during the last five years.

WSC was named one of the “Best Companies to Work For” in Alabama in 2016, and has been awarded 13 retail projects for clients across the southeast so far this year. Additionally, the business has been recognized for its excellent safety record, recording 2.45 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. WSC was honored by Associated Builders and Contractors with the 2016 Safest in the Industry Gold Award and the 2016 Platinum Level STEP Award.

“We learned what worked and what didn’t,” president and founder John White-Spunner said. “What didn’t work was taking on debt and overextending. You have to run your business to be ready to take on a downturn, which takes restraint and a lot of energy communicating to younger people who haven’t been through it.”

White-Spunner, now 61, became president of WSC at age 24, just a few years after earning a degree in building construction from Auburn University. He made sure the business was licensed in several states in the early 1980s, and began construction on grocery stores and steakhouses that took the Alabama firm across the country.

WSC is involved in completing projects in a variety of market segments, including a nearly million-square-foot distribution center to 10,000-square-foot restaurants. Repeat customers include The Home Depot, which has contracted with White-Spunner on more than 350 new construction and renovation projects.

Other clients spanning health care, multi-family, education and government segments include Academy Sports+Outdoors, The Fresh Market, Dave & Buster’s, University of South Alabama, Infirmary Health, Auburn University, Retirement Systems of Alabama and Rooms to Go Distribution Center.

MOB reports second consecutive passenger increase
The Mobile Airport Authority released passenger enplanement numbers for September 2016 as reported by the airlines serving Mobile Regional Airport (MOB). A total of 25,723 passengers boarded commercial aircraft at MOB, compared to September 2015 when 23,583 passengers flew commercially from Mobile. This marks the first time since 2007 there have been two consecutive months of increases of this magnitude at the airport.

The market share for each airline serving MOB is as follows: Delta, 45.5 percent; American Airlines, 30.7 percent; and United Airlines, 23.8 percent. Year to date, the total number of passengers using MOB sits at 445,709.

“Every turnaround starts somewhere. We have had multiple months of record-setting passenger growth. Our passengers are being served by larger aircraft from our airline partners,” Mobile Airport Authority executive director Roger Wehner said. “Competition has driven fares down over $80 per ticket on average and that trend is continuing. Our negotiations with new service providers are progressing well. Our action plan is bearing results and we will continue to drive towards our objectives of creating the best airport we can for our community.”

The three carriers referenced serve five nonstop destinations from Mobile: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas and Houston, Texas.