Atlanta-based regional brokerage company Atlantic Retail is involved with a local retail and restaurant development, located at the intersection of Highway 98 and Old Battles Road (County Road 34) in Fairhope, that will soon be home to a new Publix anchor space.
The center has eight outparcels currently available, ranging from 1,050 square feet to 4,200 square feet in leasing space and sitting on sections of land ranging from 0.8 to 1.87 acres.
Site plan changes are reportedly still underway at the development before official announcements will be made locally about other retail or restaurants anticipated to occupy the center.
Buildout completion, staffing plans and opening dates for the new retailer were unknown as of press time. This announcement marks the eighth expansion into Baldwin County for the Lakeland, Fla.-based, high-end grocery chain, and the 11th in the area.
More information about the site can be found at atlanticretail.com.
A local investor recently acquired the 71-year-old former Our Lady of Lourdes school property. The site is located off of Boykin Boulevard near Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile. The campus covers eight acres and holds about 17,600 square feet of buildings on the property.
Originally opening in the late summer of 1949, the site was a well-known educational center for over 55 years before shuttering permanently in 2004.
Since that time, the property has been occupied by St. John’s Deliverance School for Tomorrow and Little Bears Day Care and Learning Center. The children’s care center will continue operations uninterrupted out of a portion of the buildings after the purchase. The transaction was handled by John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Company.
Locally owned Portal Insurance Group recently announced the signing of a five-year lease to occupy some 2,800 square feet of office space on the ground floor of Marine Street Lofts located at 951 Government Street, next door to Mission Fitness.
The move is significant for the firm since it is relocating its original headquarters in Saraland to the new downtown Mobile space, effective January 2021. Pete Riehm and Niki Coker with NAI Mobile handled the lease transaction on behalf of the tenant.
Some 8,800 square feet of office and warehouse space was recently leased by Fort Worth, Texas-based M&M Merchandisers, a consumer electronics and musical instruments wholesaler and retailer.
The company supplies stringed instruments, percussion instruments, microphones, sporting goods, hardware, tools and other products throughout the country. John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Company handled both sides of the transaction for landlord and tenant.
Robert Cook and Kenny Nichols reported Vallas Realty handled the closing on a 1.15-acre plot of property fronting of the Publix shopping center in Foley for the construction of a new Cook Out fast-casual restaurant for $952,000. Buildout, opening and staffing plans were unknown as of press time.
This will be the Greensboro, North Carolina-based chain’s first opening in Baldwin County and the second site in the area since taking over and converting the former Tampa, Florida-headquartered PDQ eatery located at 116 S. University Boulevard in West Mobile in 2018.
Fairhope-headquartered Avizo Group (formerly Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore, P.C.), a business consulting and accounting firm, has leased some 1,843 square feet of office space located at 3600 Springhill Business Park. This will be an expansion of Avizo’s existing Mobile space, which currently leases space next door at 3601 Springhill Business Park, Suite 202.
Other satellite offices can be found in Foley and Brewton. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties represented the tenant in the transaction. JLL worked for the landlord.
Daphne-based Clever Organizing Solutions, an e-commerce retailer, recently leased a 6,000-square-foot office and warehouse space located at 26121 Equity Drive in Daphne. The location will house their corporate offices and distribution center.
The company sells organizing solutions for bath, closet, garages, kitchen, laundry, office and automotive on-the-go items. Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Company handled the transaction on behalf of the tenant.
A 0.87-acre commercial corner lot located on Canal Road in Orange Beach recently sold for $400,000. The site is situated adjacent to The Island Church located at 25550 Canal Road. Merrill Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Company handled the transaction for the buyer. Future development plans for the property were unknown as of press time.
FLIGHT WORKS ALABAMA ANNOUNCES NEW LEARNING PROGRAM
According to a press release, a new learning program developed by local nonprofit Flight Works Alabama will soon provide a set of classroom kits and interactive techniques designed to help instructors expand students’ creative capacity and encourage the development of innovations and inventions.
The program, delivered through seven We Build It Better innovation kits, will introduce new and inventive technologies that will offer unique resources and promote career awareness.
Flight Works Alabama is partnering with Airbus, the state of Alabama, Alabama Power Foundation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Snap-on Incorporated, Mott MacDonald, the University of West Alabama and the University of South Alabama to develop and deliver the We Build It Better program.
“This exemplifies Flight Works Alabama’s commitment to innovation within science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education,” Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas Jeff Knittel said. “Through this program, middle school students will be introduced to a stimulating curriculum, providing them with workforce skills they otherwise might not receive.”
The in-school pilot program will begin in January 2021. Middle school teachers will be provided with the first three of the seven innovation kits. The kits will provide an array of instructional videos, hands-on activities, tools and materials, as well as assessments.
The entire seven-module program will be piloted at Flight Works Alabama during Spring 2021.
“We Build It Better offers crucial integration of hands-on training, practical skill acquisition and workforce development to Alabama’s middle schoolers in a unique way,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said. “The program directly aligns with Flight Works Alabama’s mission to equip Alabama’s future workforce through innovative educational offerings, which the state supports.”
More information about FWA can be found at FlightWorksAlabama.com.
Atlantic Retail was originally incorrectly listed as a management company. It is a brokerage company.
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