According to a news release, later this month Shoe Station will expand its location in the Eastern Shore Centre to encompass a 6,500-square-foot unit previously rented by Hollister Co. The resulting shoe store will be more than 29,000 square feet — reportedly the largest footwear retailer in Baldwin County.
“Shoe Station’s Eastern Shore Centre location will be a destination for the entire family, with enlarged sections for children’s shoes, apparel and Skechers,” President and CEO Brent Barkin said. “Baldwin County’s growth and consumer demand drove the chain’s decision to make the space a retail landmark.”
The anchor tenant space features high ceilings, bright natural and LED lighting, and entrances facing the exterior and interior of the lifestyle shopping center. “Over the past few years, Shoe Station has steadily been moving toward premium spaces that better feature our selection of famous brands at value price points,” Shoe Station marketing director Rachael Deininger said.
The locally owned chain employs more than 500 workers at 21 stores located across Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia. The company will be hiring additional staff for the expanded Eastern Shore location.
“Eastern Shore Centre is proud to have Shoe Station as an anchor tenant and we welcome the increased traffic,” Eastern Shore Centre leasing representative David Mott said.
For more information about the company and/or applicants interested in applying for job openings, visit shoestation.com.
Commercial real estate moves
• Swift Lumber Co. recently leased a 63,000-square-foot warehouse located at 18815 Fairground Road in Robertsdale. Joe Steen Real Estate & Development represented the landlord. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties LLC worked for the tenant.
• A new Dunkin Donuts eatery and an AT&T cellular phone retailer recently opened directly across from Infirmary Health Center at 1700 Springhill Ave., according to Pratt Thomas with The Merrill P. Thomas Co. An additional 1,500-square-foot space is still available for lease, suitable for retail or medical office usage.
• A new Verizon store, located at 5821 Old Shell Road in University Square Shopping Center, recently held its grand opening. Pratt Thomas with The Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. managed the transaction.
Branch retiring at Coastal Alabama
Dr. Gary L. Branch, soon to turn 76, recently announced in a ceremony he is stepping down as president of Coastal Alabama Community College after 37 years of leadership. The community college currently includes 10 campuses and 16 instructional sites overall.
Branch came aboard when the school was known as Faulkner State Junior College and consisted of only the Bay Minette campus. Sept. 29 will be his final day as president. His retirement will conclude a career of more than 50 years in higher education.
When Branch was first hired, Faulkner State had 1,100 students, all reporting to the Bay Minette campus. After sites in Fairhope and Gulf Shores were established, Baldwin County enrollment increased by several thousand. Currently Coastal Alabama Community College’s total enrollment in South Alabama is nearly 8,000 students.
The three most significant initiatives Branch has been involved in for the last few decades are his appointment as chair of the committee that created STARS (Statewide Transfer Articulation and Reporting System), which allows two-year college students to transfer to universities across the state; Coastal Alabama’s inclusion as a beneficiary of state sales tax revenue in Baldwin County; and the merger of three independently accredited institutions into Coastal Alabama Community College.
“It has been a privilege and honor to have been a part of thousands of students’ lives for all these years,” Branch read from a prepared statement. “To whoever it is who follows me, I can just say that I’m leaving this college in a whole lot better shape than it was in when I arrived. This is considered to be one of the crown jewels in our system because of the things we do together.”
Palmer’s Toyota, Airport Hyundai donate to CAC
According to a news release, The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) recently recognized Keith Palmer, vice president of the CAC Board of Directors, and his staff at Palmer’s Toyota Superstore and Scion, as well as Jacob Palmer and staff of Airport Hyundai, for raising $26,600 during their 24th annual Sal-A-Thon for the CAC.
Each vehicle sold during the designated 21-day period in July earmarked $100 for the local nonprofit as a contribution. According to reports, this equated to roughly 13 cars being sold per day at each dealership over a three-week period to achieve these results. Over the past 24 years, Keith Palmer and staff have reportedly raised more than $392,100 to help fund services at the CAC.
“We appreciate the generosity of Keith and Jacob Palmer and all their staff. Palmer’s Toyota Superstore was the recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for the 24th consecutive year,” Elaine Henderson, CAC director of development and public relations, said.
Lister named Mobile Area Association 2018 Realtor of Year
The Mobile Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) recently selected Lorrie Smith Lister as 2018 Realtor of the Year. She has worked in the industry more than 16 years and is currently employed as a broker and office manager for Port City Realty North in Mobile.
Lister is also a member of the MLS Board of Directors and has served on the MAAR Board of Directors. She also serves on a local zoning board and a cemetery board.
“The 2018 Realtor of the Year is someone who is an example to us all. For over 16 years Lorrie has not only practiced real estate as a true professional, ethically and with genuine kindness, but she has shown others how to do the same,” Port City Realty North owner Julie Martin said. “As a broker at Port City Realty North, she has trained and assisted agents. In addition, she has always gone the extra mile to help any other broker, agent, customer, client, affiliate or staff member who needs help.”
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