The new Cracker Barrel scheduled to open mid-April in Saraland is currently hiring, according to a news release. Openings are available for full-time and part-time skilled positions on both the restaurant and retail side.
“One of the most distinguishable aspects of Cracker Barrel is the authentic memorabilia and Americana décor that reflects the unique families and culture of the community it serves,” Cracker Barrel media relations manager Breeanna Straessle said. “It’s all genuine artifacts pulled from the brand’s warehouse, which holds over 90,000 pieces of Americana — no replicas. A complete mock-up of the new Saraland store is currently set up on the campus of Cracker Barrel’s corporate office in Tennessee,” she said.
Interior adornments for the new restaurant will include: vintage instruments that pay homage to the Gulf Coast’s jazz music roots; two walls dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico and the important role it’s played in Mobile County, including the fishing and shipbuilding industries; vintage illustrations of marine life; a wall dedicated to baking with antique kitchenware and food cans; a wall dedicated to apparel making that features a spinning wheel and dress; a recreation-themed wall featuring an antique croquet set and roller skates; and other walls that, while not localized to the Saraland community, also display local-area vintage finds.
Those interested in applying for positions at Cracker Barrel and/or having an early look at the Saraland floor plan can visit the company’s website.
Commercial real estate moves
• Vallas Realty Inc. recently announced Cook Out, a Greensboro, North Carolina-based fast-food restaurant chain, has purchased the former PDQ eatery formerly located at 116 S. University Blvd. near the University of South Alabama.
Cook Out is known for its drive-thru barbecue, burgers and more than 40 milkshake flavors, according to John Vallas with Vallas Realty. Cook Out currently has Alabama locations in Tuscaloosa, Jacksonville, Auburn and Huntsville, with other sites opening soon in Troy and Opelika. In 2014, Food Drink & Franchise magazine ranked Cook Out No. 9 in its “Top 10 Southern chains the rest of the U.S. needs to know.”
• AdvanTec Manufacturing USA Inc. is leasing 35,680 square feet of industrial space located at 22955 McAuliffe Drive in Robertsdale. Jeff Barnes, broker with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
• Wine & Canvas is leasing some 2,487 square feet of retail space in Square One Shopping Center at 907 Hillcrest Road in Mobile. This marks the first Mobile location for the art and entertainment company. It plans to open in May, pending city of Mobile approval. Angie McArthur, broker associate with Stirling Properties, represented the tenant. Terry McKinney with Delaney Properties worked for the landlord.
• American Deli has leased some 1,500 square feet of restaurant space located at 5701 Old Shell Road in Mobile. Leigh Dale Younce and Buff Teague of JLL managed the transaction and worked for the landlord.
• According to Stacy Ryals of Hosteeva Realty, around $1 million was paid for 9 acres located in Baldwin County on County Road 20 in Foley by the property developers of upscale Sevilla Place Apartments.
Plans are in place early this year to break ground on the 126-unit complex. Amenities will include a fitness center, clubhouse, pool, enclosed parking and kids’ park. The site is also situated due west of OWA entertainment park.
• Smoothie King has leased some 1,600 square feet of space in Athens Retail Center, located at 1260 U.S. Highway 72 in Athens. The store will include a drive-thru and it is scheduled to open in the early summer. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord. Jim Ivie with Zenith Retail Group LLC worked for the tenant in the transaction.
• Beauty World is leasing some 5,000 square feet of retail space in Spanish Fort Town Center, located on Town Center Avenue in Spanish Fort. The retailer will be located next to Kohl’s and plans to open in the late spring. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord in the transaction.
Local pest control firm recognized nationally
Gail and Jim Yongue, owners of Daphne-based Mosquito Joe Pest Control, were recently honored at a national convention. According to a news release, the company received a “Maverick Designation” award, which is given to recognize top-performing franchises in a number of key metrics.
The firm also earned the 2017 “Best Buzz” award for having the highest customer satisfaction scores in their class. This is the second year in a row the local husband-and-wife team have earned both awards. The couple acquired their Mosquito Joe territory in 2015 and attribute most of their early success to superior customer service.
Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control services to residential and commercial customers in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Their services are available throughout the year since, reportedly, mosquitoes are active in climates of 50 F. or higher.
The company takes an educational approach to prevention by providing customers with tools to assist in reducing mosquito breeding areas on their property.
“It’s pretty simple; the reduction or elimination of breeding areas will greatly reduce the mosquito population,” co-owner Gail Yongue said. Plans are in place for the company to relocate to a new headquarters in Mobile later this year.
Providence Medical Group adds nurse practitioner
Family nurse practitioner Andrea Mayfield has joined the clinical staff of Providence Medical Group – Dawes, located at 8833 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
Mayfield comes to Providence Medical Group from USA Medical Center in Mobile, where she worked in the emergency department. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has special medical interest in diabetes management, pediatric health management and preventive health care education.
Providence Medical Group is the area’s largest nonprofit network of primary care and specialty physicians with more than 20 locations across South Alabama and Southern Mississippi. The medical group has 70 physicians in specialties including family medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, general surgery, radiation oncology and more. More information about the nonprofit can be found on its website.
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