San Francisco, California-based consumer retail company Williams-Sonoma and wholly owned subsidiary Pottery Barn will be joining the tenant lineup in Legacy Village at Spring Hill, a shopping center located at 9 Du Rhu Drive in Mobile. Both stores are slated to open in spring 2017, according to a news release. Williams-Sonoma will occupy a 5,566-square-foot space and Pottery Barn 13,278 square feet.

The Legacy Village site is situated within close proximity to Interstate 65 and Dauphin Street. Existing tenants include White House | Black Market, LOFT, Talbots, Alabama Outdoors, Ballins, Jos A. Bank, Dumbwaiter on the Hill and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café. Buff Teague and Allen Garstecki of JLL represented the landlord in the transaction. John Vallas with Vallas Realty and Scott Muller with CBRE worked for the tenants.

Dothan, Alabama-based Goldfingers, a chicken tenders concept, recently signed a lease for a 3,000-square-foot restaurant space to set up shop within a new multi-tenant development at Dauphin Street and Pierpont Drive. Christy Chason and Buff Teague of JLL handled the transaction. Goldfingers plans to open next spring. This will be the eatery’s first foray into lower Alabama and the fourth location overall, according to its website. Delaney Property Group is the developer.

Josh Burmeister and Shannon Tyndall of BUR Commercial recently reported Petsmart is opening a new 18,000-square-foot retail site in Baldwin County, provisionally during the first quarter of 2017, in the 97,500-square-foot Foley Square retail outlet. Burmeister and Tyndall represented Burton Property Group, the developer; Charlie Sutherland of the Shopping Center Group worked for Petsmart.

Miscellaneous Solutions Fabricators LLC leased a 14,750-square-foot building located inside an industrial park at 5560 Todd Acres Drive near Tillman’s Corner for five years, with two five-year renewal options. Pete Riehm, real estate broker with NAI-Mobile, handled the transaction.

Per John Peebles with NAI-Mobile, Rivera Utilities purchased the 38,000-square-foot building at 19812 Underwood Road in Foley that’s currently significantly occupied by CenturyLink. The telecom will move a share of its operations off-site but remain on the premises as a tenant. Peebles worked for the sellers and Skip Davis with Coastal Real Estate & Development worked for the buyers. The purchase also included two warehouses in addition to the building.

Savannah, Georgia-based Wet Willie’s recently leased 1,758 square feet of office space situated at 5 N. Conception St. near Bienville Square in Mobile. David Dexter with NAI Mobile handled the transaction. The office suite is adjacent to the 4,100-square-foot space the franchise has also leased for its new site, according to Dexter. The daiquiri bar/restaurant chain is expected to open its doors downtown in September. 

According to Mamun Siddiq with REMAX Partners, some $600,000 was spent on the 60,000-square-foot former Independent Methodist School building located at 4548 Halls Mill Road in Mobile. The purchaser plans to set up a K-5 grade school and day care center on the 19-acre property, according to Siddiq.

A 1,000-square-foot Checkers fast-food eatery situated inside the Fullbrook Shopping Center at 1965 Dauphin Island Parkway recently signed a new 20-year ground lease at the same location, according to Amber Dedeaux of Vallas Realty, who represented the landlord. The old eatery — originally founded in Mobile 30 years ago — will be completely redeveloped and remodeled, according to Dedeaux. Hamilton Huber of SRS Real Estate Partners in Birmingham represented the Tampa, Florida-based firm that currently owns and operates Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., which also absorbed the former Louisville, Kentucky-based Rally’s franchise in 1999. 

According to James Henderson with Bellator Real Estate & Development, a 1,350-square-foot office property at 1008 Shelton Beach Road in Saraland was purchased for about $110,000. Plans are in place for the property to be used as a laboratory/medical office in the near future.

Providence Hospital welcomes internist
Providence Medical Group welcomes Dr. De’Arco Rashaun McCreary, a new internal medicine physician in Mobile. The clinic is located at 5100 Rangeline Service Road, next to Lowe’s at Tillman’s Corner.

McCreary earned his medical degree and residency training in internal medicine at the University of South Alabama. He has special interests in preventative care and building a healthy community. McCreary’s clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He is currently accepting new patients and same-day appointments.

Providence Medical Group is the area’s largest nonprofit network of primary care and specialty physicians with more than 20 locations and 70 providers in South Alabama and Southern Mississippi.

Through its affiliation with Providence Hospital in Mobile, Providence Medical Group is able to provide a variety of medical services to the community, including family medicine, radiation oncology, endocrinology, rheumatology and general surgery.

Passenger traffic up at Mobile Regional Airport
Passenger traffic at Mobile Regional Airport increased notably last month — the first such increase since February 2015, according to the Mobile Airport Authority. During July 2016 a total of 26,556 passengers boarded commercial aircraft at the local travel hub, in comparison to July 2015 when 25,920 passengers flew commercially from the airport.

According to Mobile Airport Authority executive director Roger Wehner, this marks a 2.5 percent increase over June 2015. The number of passengers boarding aircraft at Mobile Regional so far in 2016 is 170,499. The total number of passengers using Mobile Regional Airport year to date in 2016 is 342,812.

“MAA has been pursuing a diligent Air Service Development strategy to increase options for the community. Our airline partners, in particular Delta and United, have responded with larger aircraft which have more seats and two-class service options, and we are thrilled at how the community has responded, resulting in a 2.5 percent increase in passenger traffic,” Wehner said.

Airlines serving Mobile Regional Airport are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. These carriers serve five nonstop destinations from Mobile, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Houston.

For more information about the Mobile Airport Authority, refer to its website and/or Facebook and Twitter for updates.