Baldwin County-based Sexton Lawn and Landscape Inc. recently announced plans for construction of a new headquarters. The project is currently in the site development phase with an expected start in December. The company purchased five acres of undeveloped land on County Road 64, east of the intersection with Alabama State Route 181.
“For the first time we will have enough space for our 40 employees, as well as actually owning the place,” owner Sid Sexton said. Currently the company is leasing smaller space in an office park on AL 181 in Daphne.
Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects, based in Fairhope, designed the building and is providing the site plan for the first phase of development. Sycamore Construction Inc. is under contract for construction. When completed, the building will house offices for the administrative staff, spaces for private client and vendor meetings, training facilities, a break area for outside workers and a sheltered area for vehicle and equipment maintenance.
A parking and loading area is planned at the rear of the building for the 40-vehicle fleet that supports the landscape design and installation and maintenance activities of the company. Client and vendor parking is provided in front, accessed from County Road 64.
Founded in 2005, the company offers a full spectrum of landscape services including design, installation, general maintenance, and identification and correction of landscape and plant problems.
Rameh Khazen at Bellator Real Estate and Development handled the land acquisition and Aaron White at The First arranged financing.
• Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate investment services firm with offices in the U.S. and Canada, recently announced the sale of a 3,000-square-foot Burger King restaurant for $2.17 million, according to Joseph W. McKibben, regional manager of the firm in its Mobile office. The property is located at 29685 AL-181 in Daphne and was constructed in 2008 on 1.40 acres along Interstate 10.
Andrew Chason, first vice president of investments locally at Marcus & Millichap, had listed the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company. Chason also procured the buyer, also a limited liability company.
• Envoy Mortgage Ltd. has leased a 2,000-square-foot office space in Hillcrest Square Ventures at 1000 Hillcrest Road in Mobile. Jill Meeks, broker associate with Stirling Properties, represented the tenant in the transaction. Phillip Curtin of Curtin & Associates Real Estate worked for the landlord.
• A&O Health Career Center Inc. is expanding into an additional 5,200 square feet of space at 4358 Midmost Drive in Mobile, now encompassing a total of 6,950 square feet. The new larger facility will open in January 2019. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
• A mini warehouse complex with 79 units has been sold at 457 Thompson Blvd. in Chickasaw. James Henderson with Bellator Real Estate handled the transaction for both buyer and seller.
Shoe Station raises funds for Hurricane Michael relief
Last week Shoe Station presented a check to the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) for $5,519, the result of a companywide fundraiser to assist victims of Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle.
The Oct. 21 fundraiser involved all of the retailer’s 21 locations across the Southeast, with customers online also making donations. The fundraiser’s co-sponsor, the Office of Mobile City Councilman Levon Manzie (District 2), also donated $500 to the effort.
UWSWA reportedly will share proceeds with partner agencies, including American Red Cross, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Lifelines for 211, The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America and Goodwill Easter Seals.
“We thank Shoe Station for the support they have given us over the past decade,” United Way of Southwest Alabama marketing specialist Leslie Schraeder said.
“I have been inspired by the hard work of the United Way of Southwest Alabama and the enthusiasm our store sales teams have shown for this Hurricane Michael relief effort,” Shoe Station President and CEO Brent Barkin said
UWSWA serves Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties to mobilize resources for disadvantaged communities. Collectively, the nonprofit has raised and invested more than $240 million for communities.
Shoe Station is one of the nation’s larger independent shoe retailers. The family-owned chain was founded in 1984 in Mobile and has a national e-commerce presence combined with a regional footprint encompassing Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.
Pollman’s recognized as centennial retailer
The Alabama Retail Association recently honored Pollman’s Bake Shops as an Alabama Centennial Retailer. Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPA Advisers, Slappey Communications and The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business are the award sponsors.
Pollman’s Bake Shops was nominated for the award by Danette Richards, director of small business development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. “Pollman’s is a tradition in Mobile and a legend,” Richards said
The business received a bronze plaque that will be placed outside one of its bakeries as well as a certificate for interior display.
Fred J. Pollman initially moved from New Orleans to Mobile to help his brother-in-law’s bakery. In 1918, he opened his own business, which he held until the Great Depression. By 1950, his children — Fred J. Pollman Jr., Charles Pollman and Mary Pollman Bender — had acquired the business.
The second generation added two more bake shops under the Pollman name. The business stayed in the family until 1981. For seven years, it operated under different ownership.
Since 1989, Fred J. Pollman III and his wife, Rose, have owned and operated the three Pollman’s Bake Shops in Mobile. “We make sure everything tastes good, looks good and is ready for sale,” Pollman said.
Crews come in at midnight to start baking, while the storefronts stay open until early evening. “We are still making some of the things that we did 100 years ago,” Pollman said. “It is fitting to celebrate the enduring first-century contributions Pollman’s Bake Shops have made to Mobile and the surrounding communities.”
“For a business to survive the dramatic changes of the past century is a remarkable achievement,” Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown said.
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