Winn-Dixie has reopened its most recently remodeled local store in Mobile at 5440 Highway 90 W.

“Winn-Dixie is proud to present the greater Mobile community with its fourth newly remodeled store in three months. The newly remodeled stores are designed with the needs of the community in mind,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said.

New enhancements for the updated store include:

• New façade signage, new color pallete and new interior store signage;

• New produce department with expanded selection of fruits and vegetables, including organic selections;

• Expanded deli with new sandwich station;

• Expanded bakery department;

• Expanded meat department with full-service onsite butcher;

• New health food section with gluten-free and organic products;

• New bargain section;

• New health and beauty section;

• Updated seafood and floral departments.

The store will operate 7 a.m to 10 p.m., seven days per week.


Coworking space sprouts in midtown

The white-hot proliferation of coworking space for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon in the Port City.     

April Sexton, co-owner of new coworking space Mid-Towne Works LLC has announced it will host a grand opening Aug. 1-4 inside the former restaurant space at 1850 Airport Blvd. in the loop area of midtown, located at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Old Government Street. The space will encompass some 3,500 square feet.

In addition to coworking, the locally owned Hernandez Law Firm, an investment partner, has also relocated to 2,000 square feet of space directly behind and connected to Mid-Towne Works. The total footprint of both properties encompasses some 5,500 square feet.   

“The name obviously came from being in midtown. We want a space that works for everyone with a professional setting. Members will have access to a printer, copier and Wi-Fi. We have telecom editing capabilities, video conferencing capabilities and a Smart Board. There’s also unlimited coffee, tea, water, soda available,” Sexton said.

Sexton went on to say some things that will make the space different from other established coworking spots is a dedicated receptionist to individually greet clients for appointments, more dedicated phone lines for members, more dedicated enclosed office/conference space and soundproofed rooms for business meetings that require confidentiality.

Additionally, daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships will be available for members. More information can be found at www.mid-towneworks.com or its Facebook page.


Commercial real estate moves

• Brackin & Johnson PC has leased some 2,457 square feet of office space at 455 Magnolia Ave. in downtown Fairhope, bringing the newly constructed Class A office building to an occupancy level of 90 percent. Additional tenants include Kopesky & Britt LLC, Fairhope Title Services LLC and Altaworx LLC. Jeff Barnes, broker with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.

• CFT NV Development, nonlocal investors, recently acquired a one-acre plot of land located at the 800 block of Schillinger Road South in West Mobile for $765,625 and near a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Plans are in place to build a Panda Express eatery, according to Kenny Nichols of Vallas Realty, who worked for the buyer.

• Some 1.741 acres were recently acquired by Whataburger Developers for $975,000, located inside the 84-acre Rangeline Crossing mixed-use development near the intersection of Rangeline Road and Interstate 10 in the Tillman’s Corner area of West Mobile.

• According to Colby Herrington with Herrington Realty, the former Allstate building at 1501 U.S. Route 98 in Daphne was recently leased by Changes Hair Studio. The salon will be open for business at the new site soon.


Felder joins Commonwealth Bank as CEO 

Mobile-based Commonwealth National Bank recently announced Thomas Felder has joined the bank as its new chief executive officer. Felder comes to Commonwealth after serving nearly two years with Tri-State Bank of Memphis.

Felder brings more than 25 years of industry experience to Commonwealth. He began his career at First National Bank of South Carolina, then spent time at Victory Savings Bank, Bank of America, American State Bank in Tulsa, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Seaway Bank & Trust Co. in Chicago.

“Commonwealth Bank’s unique size, being significantly smaller than the larger and big banks, allows us to compete and win business,” Felder said.

Jacquitta Powell Green, chairwoman of Commonwealth’s board of directors, said Felder will focus on expanding the bank’s customer base and build relationships with local small businesses and professionals, with a particular focus in the Mobile market.

“Tom’s banking qualifications and experience make him a great addition to the team. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Mobile region and Tom is well-positioned to help local small businesses take advantage of these opportunities,” Green said.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Felder earned a bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, where he majored in business administration. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in business administration from Atlanta University.

Felder also served as chairperson for the Small & Minority Business Council for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina Bankers Association.

He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Life Member at Large of the NAACP. He is married to the former Jeanne Gallman and they have three adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.