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 The Real Deal

Acme Oyster House in Gulf Shores;
Warehouse out west; Publix nixes midtown store;
Flora Bama Yacht Club restaurant opens;
Fishers restaurant opens in Orange Beach;
Coveted corner stays undeveloped

By Kathy Jumper
Mobile Bay Times
Acme Oyster House is expected to announce Wednesday that it will build a new restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway near the Dr. W.C. Holmes Bridge in Gulf Shores. 

The New Orleans-based restaurant has been looking at the Gulf Coast for a number of years, and most recently zeroed in on Gulf Shores. 

The city of Gulf Shores has been working to establish a waterfront entertainment and shopping district in the area around LuLu’s at Homeport on the north side of the Intracoastal and on the south side near Tacky Jack’s.

A local investor paid $375,000 for a 5,000-square-foot former BLP Paint Store at Schillinger and Cottage Hill roads in west Mobile and plans to use it for warehouse space, according to Marl Cummings IV of Cummings & Associates.

Publix Supermarket has said no to building a store at the intersection of Spring Hill Avenue and Mobile Infirmary Boulevard in Midtown. Aronov Realty in Montgomery continues to seek a grocery store for the area, and this past week received city planning approval to rezone the three-acre, former Ernest Construction property fronting Old Shell near Mobile Infirmary Boulevard for retail use, according to local attorney Doug Anderson, who represents the developers. 

Plans call for the store to front Old Shell Road next to the Dew Drop Inn Restaurant, and the retail center would stretch behind the eatery and run down Mobile Infirmary Boulevard.

Quicken Loans has leased 2,200 square feet at 5420 U.S. 90 in Tillman’s Corner in Mobile, according to Cummings IV of Cummings & Associates.

The owners of Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar on the Alabama-Florida state line in Perdido Key, have opened a new restaurant, the Flora Bama Yacht Club, behind the Flora Bama Liquor Store on Ole River.

Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina restaurant will open in late May at Orange Beach Marina on Marina Road in Orange Beach, according to Johnny Fisher, former general manager of Lulu’s at Homeport restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores. He also helped develop and open The Gulf Restaurant at the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach last fall.

The Mobile Planning Commission has turned down a request by developers to build a fast-food restaurant at the southeast corner of Airport and University boulevards in west Mobile, according to attorney Anderson, who represented the developers. 

The site across from the new Publix Supermarket under construction, has been a sought-after location by commercial Realtors for more than a decade, particularly by builders of name-brand drugstores. But residents living nearby have successfully fought the plans or turned down offers to sell their property.

(Editor's noteKathy Jumper's The Real Deal is a weekly feature in Mobile Bay Times. Her real estate column previously appeared for many years in the Press-Register. Please encourage others to subscribe so that it will continue to inform Mobile/Baldwin readers. Leads and tips welcomed. Her new email address is
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