Locally owned Red Square Agency recently acquired We Can’t Stop Thinking, a digital development company in Chicago. The acquisition will increase the company’s digital footprint as well as complement existing digital and user-experience design capabilities, according to a news release.
The acquisition positions Red Square with three different creative subsidiaries: RSQ, Red Square Gaming and We Can’t Stop Thinking. RSQ currently offers digital advertising for high-quality brands; Red Square Gaming is a full-service agency for the gaming and hospitality industry; and We Can’t Stop Thinking is a digital development operation.
While each creative group is specialized in its respective area, each operates under the Red Square parent company umbrella providing expanded services to clients.
“The future of advertising calls for tailored work for niche markets,” Rich Sullivan, CEO of Red Square, said. “This acquisition allows us to enter new markets, expand our capabilities and continue to evolve as a group of creative specialists and away from generalists. This is certainly unique to our area and state.”
A short list of prominent Red Square clients include Southern Comfort, Google, Hilton, NYC Pride, Hard Rock Casinos and the Righteous Persons Foundation. Red Square’s work has also been recognized by The Webby Awards, SXSW, Communications Arts and Awwwards.
For more information about the company, visit Red Square’s updated website.
Commercial real estate moves
Per a news release, 40-year-old locally owned Rich’s Car Wash will open its 12th location in Daphne in early 2017, a half-mile south of Interstate 10 on Highway 98. The new location will include a 150-foot conveyor belt-designed wash tunnel, more than 30 free vacuum bays and a separate 75-foot polishing tunnel. The new site will also be environmentally friendly, with energy-efficient lighting and control systems, as well as a water conservation and recycling system.
Established in 1976, Tim and Rayford Richardson opened the first Rich’s location in Saraland. Since then, the business has grown to be the largest carwash operator on the central Gulf Coast, currently with 11 locations across four states. Rich’s plans to open three additional locations across the Southeast next year.
Physicians Mutual has leased 1,750 square feet of office space at 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 200, in Mobile. Angie McArthur, Stirling Properties broker associate, represented the tenant. Tommy Gleason of NAI Mobile worked for the landlord. The insurance company is expected to open in early October.
According to John M. Delchamps with Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc., Greer’s Holdings LLC recently bought an 11,000-square-foot office/warehouse space located at 1909 Brookdale Drive for $350,000.
Cameron Weavil, vice president of the Weavil Co., reported the Serda Brewery Co. has leased the former 13,000-square-foot former Goodyear Building, which sits on roughly an acre of property at the corner of Warren and Government streets in downtown Mobile. The local order of The Knights of Columbus was the seller, according to Weavil, who also represented the landlord in the transaction. Colby Herrington of Herrington Realty represented Serda.
Plans are in place for Serda Brewery to open in spring 2017 after an estimated nine months of construction on the site. Work is expected to start soon after city ordinance approval. “This has been the longest three years of my life,” John Serda, owner of Serda Coffee, said in regard to developing the new family-owned business venture with brother Matt. Local architect Steve Stone will design the new building. Two flagship beers have already been named: Hook, Line & Lager and Tidewater IPA.
Oishi Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill has leased 2,342 square feet of restaurant space in Spanish Fort Town Center, 23000 Town Center Ave., Suite B800. Jeff Barnes and Angie McArthur, brokers with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2017.
Per Chris Harle of White-Spunner Realty, some 900 square feet of space was leased by the owners of Patterson Marine in Wolf Bay Plaza, located at 25637 Canal Road in Orange Beach. Stitches Custom Marine Canvas & Upholstery will be the name of the new business, which will focus on marine upholstery repair.
CenturyLink has leased 14,789 square feet of office/warehouse space at 1751 Industrial Drive in Mobile. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties represented the landlord. David Dexter of NAI Mobile worked for the tenant.
The 1,400-square-foot former TCBY frozen yogurt property at 6345 Airport Blvd. has been leased by Snow Zone, according Chris Harle with White-Spunner Realty.
A local investor has purchased 552 acres of timberland in Wilcox County for $1,376,320. Kennedy Striplin, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, represented the buyer. Bob Jamison of National Land Realty worked for the seller.
Alabama Power recently acquired 73 acres of property near the corner of Rangeline Road and Hamilton Boulevard for $349,000. Adam Metcalf of Metcalf & Co. Inc. managed the transaction.
According to Robert Cook of Vallas Realty, Middle Bay Services has leased a 7,200-square-foot office/warehouse property at 8201 State Highway 59 in Loxley. Cook represented the tenant. Adam Metcalf with Metcalf & Co. Inc. worked for the landlord.
Wilkins Miller announces promotion
Locally owned Wilkins Miller LLC, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, announced that Blake Ethredge has been promoted from the position of senior accountant to consultant.
“We believe this designation better expresses his advisory role, which includes business valuation, advanced spreadsheet design and financial analysis as well as general business consulting,” managing partner Allen Carroll said.
In 2003, Ethredge graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration. He began his career in the banking industry before bringing joining Wilkins Miller in 2011.
Over the past few years, Ethredge obtained the following certifications: Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics.
Wilkins Miller LLC specializes in auditing, tax, litigation, valuation, cost segregation, client accounting and information technology consulting. For more information about the company visit its website.