Papa Murphy’s moving into historic Blue Bird property


Papa Murphy’s has leased some 1,400 square feet of restaurant space inside the historic Blue Bird building on Old Shell Road in Mobile. Plans are in place to open sometime this fall. Jay O’Brien of J.L. O’Brien & Associates Inc. handled both sides of the transaction

• One Club Gulf Shores, a 490-unit high-end resort condominium complex at 20050 Oak Road E. in Gulf Shores, is scheduled to open in late June, accepting tenants. On Friday, June 22, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and Boston-based commercial lending firm UC Funds will co-sponsor a grand opening of the redeveloped site with a charity golf tournament to benefit Alabama’s Sea Turtle Preservation program.

• Per John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc., some 1,600 square feet of space was leased inside the Southwood Place Shopping Center at 6808 Airport Blvd. in Mobile by a new Hawaiian-themed eatery, Poke Restaurant.

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• Birmingham-based Arbour Valley Development LLC paid $800,000 for 10 acres of land situated along U.S. Route 43 in Satsuma and plans to develop a 56-unit senior housing complex on the property. Jay O’Brien of J.L. O’Brien & Associates represented the sellers. Kenny Nichols with Vallas Realty worked for the buyers.

• National Mentor Healthcare LLC, a national behavioral health care company providing home services to adults and children, is leasing some 1,011 square feet of office space in the Mobile Airport Office at 3103 Airport Blvd. in Mobile. Jason Scott and Jack Conger, leasing executives with Stirling Properties, represented the landlord. Court Powell with Mohr Partners Inc. worked for the tenant.

• A non-local investor recently acquired the two-story, 43,500-square-foot Bel Air Park I Office Building site located at 501 Bel Air Blvd. in Mobile for $725,000. Jason Scott and Jack Conger, leasing executives with Stirling Properties, represented the seller in the transaction. The State of Alabama Department of Human Resources, which currently occupies the entire building, is expected to relocate by the end of the year. Both floors cover some 22,000 square feet of space and are currently available for lease.

• New Orleans-based Ruby Slipper Café recently announced a grand opening June 20 for its new eatery, located at 100 N. Royal St. in downtown Mobile. The restaurant is reportedly donating 10 percent of the event’s proceeds to The United Way of Southwest Alabama and Penelope House, a nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence.

The family-owned and -operated chain already has another location open for business in Orange Beach, as well as five New Orleans restaurants and sites in Baton Rouge and Pensacola. 

• According to Buff Teague with JLL, some 1,750 square feet of office space was leased by Tyndall Credit Union at the Daphne Southern Gate Shopping Center, located at 1501 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. Colby Herrington worked for the landlord. Teague represented the tenant.

• West Mobile Liquor is leasing 1,200 square feet of retail space in Schillinger Place shopping center, 2502 S, Schillinger Road in Mobile. Angie McArthur, broker associate with Stirling Properties, managed the transaction.

• Per Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty, the property located at 26450 Pollard Road in Daphne has been leased by Exalt Community Church. The site is situated near the intersection of Wells and Pollard roads. Some 2,500 square feet of space is still available to lease as storage or warehouse space, per a news release.


Coastal Alabama Partnership hires Levert

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Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) has hired Andrew Levert as vice president of policy and project initiatives, a new position, according to a news release. 

“I am pleased to welcome Andrew to our team and look forward to working with him to advocate for coastal Alabama throughout our region, state and in our nation’s capital,” Wiley Blankenship, president and CEO of Coastal Alabama Partnership, said.

In the newly created role, Levert will assist in the coordination of CAP’s five regional program initiatives — policy and planning, insurance, tourism, seafood and infrastructure. He will also manage and coordinate the RESTORE Grant for CAP’s Regional Planning Initiative and support Coastal 150 program policy and objectives.

“Andrew brings national legislative policy and planning experience to the Coastal Alabama team. I know Andrew will positively impact our organization, as well as the entire coastal region,” Britton Bonner, CAP chairman of the board, said.

Levert’s experience includes spending several years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Representative Jeff Landry and U.S. Senator David Vitter. He most recently worked as the director of business development and client relations for McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge. 

CAP is a 501(c)(3) private-sector, not-for-profit organization focused on providing a platform for regional leaders to convene, collaborate, build consensus and advocate for Coastal Alabama’s top priorities. For more information, visit the CAP website.


Shoe Station donates 2,000 pairs through charity

Shoe Station recently donated 2,000 pairs of new shoes to Soles4Souls, according to a news release.

“We are pleased to make this donation to Soles4Souls for distribution in Louisiana,” Shoe Station President and CEO Brent Barkin said.

FedEx is providing complimentary shipping. Shoe Station’s donation to Soles4Souls will be processed over two years throughout the South Louisiana.

Headquartered in Mobile and founded in 1984, Shoe Station has 20 stores covering five states along the central Gulf Coast. In Louisiana, the retailer has two locations in Baton Rouge and one store in Lafayette.

The retailer collectively employs more than 500 workers across the region. “Shoe Station has enjoyed doing business in Louisiana for over 25 years and we look forward to continued growth in that excellent state,” Barkin said.

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Nashville, and a registered 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS. The nonprofit’s goal is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing worldwide. For more information, visit shoestation.com or soles4soles.com



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