Business Happenings – November 2022
Hoover residents Donna Bishop and Tahara Evans started an event management company called Bishop Evans Events. The couple have over 30 years of event planning, fundraising and Southern hospitality experience and plan to provide services for things like weddings, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, Christmas parties, birthday parties, showers, tea and vow renewals. Her expertise includes event management, floral design and event design. 205-516-3737 or 205-612-2485
Chick-fil-A opened its newly constructed location in the Hoover Commons shopping center at 1609 Montgomery Highway on October 6th. The previous Chick-fil-A restaurant was demolished to make way for a new design. 205-979-9990
Hoover Fitness has changed its name to HF Elite Fitness and Training and has reopened in a smaller, renovated space at 2153 Clearbrook Road. 205-822-9009
Scenthound, a canine hygiene and grooming company, plans to open its third Birmingham-area location at Trace Village Stadium at 5190 Medford Drive, Suite 118, either late this year or early 2023. Franchise owners Jacob Lee and Brett Basik already have their first location in the Birmingham area at The Village at Lee Branch off US 280 and plan to open a second location in Mountain Brook in November. In total, they are planning ten stores between Birmingham and Nashville, with at least four in the greater Birmingham area. 205-878-3147
Precision Tactical Arms, which specializes in weapons manufacturing, plans to soon open its third stationary location at 105 Inverness Corners. 205-703-8212
Chicken restaurant Guthrie’s plans to open at the former location of Zaxby’s at 4629 US 280 S.
Euphoria Nail Bar plans to open in one of the new buildings in Stadium Trace Village on the corner of John Hawkins Parkway and Stadium Trace Parkway.
According to company spokesperson Mary Freydberg, Discount Tire has purchased the former Sears Auto Center at 3240 Galleria Circle and plans to open a Discount Tire store there by the end of this year.
Sherwin-Williams is building two new paint stores in Hoover – one at 6309 Adena Lane behind the mall on the Cahaba Market Strip along US 280 and another at 1051 Amber Drive in the Stadium Trace Village development.
Mavis Tires & Brakes plans to open a location behind the Cahaba Market Strip mall along US 280.
Lake Cyrus residents Monti and Shana Osman are planning to open a milkshake and dessert shop called Magic Milkshakes & More at the former location of Pivot Fitness at 2801 John Hawkins Parkway, Suite 157-0 in the Galleria Trace Plaza mall. They hope to open the 2,500-square-foot store sometime in November.
The Hills at Hoover apartment complex at 3627 Cedarbrook Drive has a new owner. A Florida-based company named Hills at Hoover Apts LLC paid $44 million to Oxford Hills at Hoover LLC, Hills at Hoover LLC, Hoover Exchange LLC and Hoover Sale 2022 LLC for the 320-unit apartment complex. The transaction closed on Sept. 14, according to Josh Jacobs, first vice president of investments at Marcus & Millichap, who represented the sellers. Originally built in 1972, the Hills at Hoover complex occupies 25 acres on Lorna Road. According to materials provided by Jacobs, it has 329,980 square feet of leasable area. The property has 80 one-bedroom units, 160 two-bedroom units, and 80 three-bedroom units with rents ranging from $870 to $1,126 per month. 205-987-0737
news and achievements
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama discovered in July that North Highland Co., a company that Blue Cross hired to conduct surveys for its Blue Advantage Medicare Advantage plan, suffered a significant cyberattack resulting in a potential compromise of personal information led by up to 8,700 current and former Blue Advantage members from Blue Cross. North Highland’s investigation into the matter revealed that personal information such as names, age, gender, cities, zip codes and email addresses were compromised. However, North HIghland found that no credit card information, bank information, or Social Security number were compromised. North Highland no longer has Blue Cross member data in its active information systems and hired third-party forensic experts to assist with the remedial efforts and prevent future incidents, Blue Cross said. Blue Cross notified those affected and offered them free credit monitoring and identity theft recovery services for a year. Any current or former member with questions or concerns may contact 888-234-8266.
Capstone Building Corp. located in Meadow Brook Corporate Park, recently broke ground on a $13.45 million garden-style community in West Point, Georgia, to be called West Point Village. The development will consist of 72 units covering 79,389 square feet, including one to three bedroom units. The project will have a total of 148 beds and 92 bathrooms, as well as a community garden, clubhouse, meeting/community room and gym. Development is expected to be completed by July 2023. The developer is Pennrose LLC and the architect is Kitchen & Associates. 205-803-5226
Barber Companies, a private real estate investment firm, has acquired a 12,425 square foot, single story office building at 2 Riverchase Ridge in Riverchase Office Park. The property was formerly the headquarters of Wayne’s Pest Control.
Regions, which has an operations center at 2090 Office Parkway Circle and numerous stores in Hoover, was fined $50 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ordered to refund customers at least $141 million. From August 2018 to July 2021, regions charged customers surprise overdraft fees for certain ATM withdrawals and debit card purchases, even after telling consumers they had sufficient funds at the time of the transactions. The bureau noted that the region’s leaders were aware of their surprising overdraft fee practices and could have hired them, but decided to wait while the bank made changes that would generate new fee income to offset the termination of the illegal fees. Regions issued a statement, saying, “While Regions Bank disagrees with the CFPB’s characterizations, the bank has cooperated with the investigation and is pleased to move forward. The approval of the settlement reflects the Regions’ desire to focus their attention on continuing to support customers through a wide range of account enhancements that have already resulted in a reduction in fees for many customers.” 256-562-2200
Long-Lewis Ford Lincoln of Hoover is building a new showroom for its Lincoln vehicles, including the Black Label line of vehicles, at its dealership at 2551 John Hawkins Parkway. The new showroom is 8,500 square feet and represents an investment of more than $3 million, said General Manager Terry Poole. Long-Lewis Ford Lincoln, with Allen Vines as the primary dealer, has also purchased Ernest McCarty Ford’s dealership at 1471 First St. N. in Alabaster and will convert it into a Long-Lewis Ford Service Center which will include the sale of used vehicles , rental cars, parts department, service department, body shop and Quick Lane maintenance center for routine vehicle maintenance, Poole said. 205-989-3673
dr Lauren Cabaniss has joined Pediatric Dental Associates of Alabama and will treat patients at the practice’s Cullman and Southlake Township offices in Hoover. dr Cabaniss holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a doctorate in dentistry from the UAB School of Dentistry. She was a research associate at the Institute of Oral Health Research at UAB under Dr. Mary MacDougall and participated in studies on cell culture (isolation of bone marrow from mice), histological staining, polymerase chain reaction and DNA/RNA isolation. The Hoover Medplex office is located at 3000 Southlake Park, Suite 200. Other dentists there include Drs. Baker Chambliss and Dr. Monica Caplash. 205-453-0314
ARC Realty has hired at least 10 real estate agents this year at its Hoover office at 5220 Peridot Place, Suite 124, in the Stadium Trace Village development, including six agents who joined in September. The new agents are Thomas Douglass, Julie Douglass, Kim Slifka, Britt Patterson, Vicki Lugar, Cindy Jones, Sameer Ratani, Carter Ross, Susie Helton and Patrick McPhail. 205-969-8912
Tortuga’s Homemade Pizza at 2801 John Hawkins Parkway recently celebrated its 23rd year in business. 205-403-9800
Anatole’s Bike Skate Surf at 5413 US 280, Suite 101, in the center of the Cahaba Market Strip, celebrates its one year anniversary in November.
The gas station at Sunoco Highway 31 and the grocery store at 1537 Montgomery Highway are closed.