Shay’s Jewelers completed its move from 3301 Lorna Road, Suite 1, in The Village on Lorna Mall to the former Diamond World location at 1676 Montgomery Highway, Suite 103-C, in the Patton Chapel Plaza Mall. 205-978-5880
Hoover resident Janet Arledge opened a pool hall called Ax House Billiard in 7,000 square feet of the northernmost part of the Hoover Court Mall at 1901 Hoover Court, Suite B. The site was once home to a gun store called All-American Outdoors and, before that, Tidmore Flags. The hall has 10 new Diamond pool tables, and Arledge said she plans to have two to four dart stations and a small bar. The hall has league pool games and pool tables for anyone who wants to come and play on time. 205-407-4005
Otoro hibachi opened as a Japanese restaurant in the former location of Sanpeggio Pizza at 3435 South Shades Crest Road. 205-637-0835
General computing, a Baton Rouge-based information technology company, opened an office in The Offices at 3000 Riverchase at 3000 Galleria Circle, Suite 1550. A grand opening took place on July 29. 205-413-4454
Lots of wine, a boutique for wines, craft beers, houseplants and vintage decorations, on July 8 celebrated the dedication of its new store at 1650 Montgomery Highway. 205-874-9463
Ben Williams and his silent partner and brother, Zac Williams, opened Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive in the former 2,700 square foot Jubilee Joe’s Cajun and Seafood Restaurant on Lake Crest Plaza at 2341 John Hawkins Parkway, Suite 119, July 20. The restaurant specializes in burgers, hot dogs, beer and whiskey. 205-536-6172
Square 1 Nutrition recently opened at 5291 Valleydale Road, Suite 119. The smoothie and juice bar offers heavy teas, meal replacements and healthy shots. 205-789-2278
Taziki founder Keith Richards recently opened GRK Street at 5291 Valleydale Road, a new quick and relaxed restaurant inspired by the fast-paced food found on the streets of downtown Athens. 205-383-3193
Ryu Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 2760 John Hawkins Parkway, Suite 108, is preparing to open in the former location of Japanese Restaurant Yuki at 2760 John Hawkins Parkway, Suite 108, in the Colonial Promenade Hoover Mall.
Montclair Restaurants plans to set up a Taco Bell restaurant with drive-thru at 1553 Montgomery Highway. The site was once home to a Blockbuster video store and later a flooring store. The plan is to demolish this building and build a new restaurant.
Chicken Scratch Holdings plans to open its fourth Zaxby’s Restaurant in Hoover on 0.73 acres at 2071 Patton Chapel Road, next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market. The restaurant will have dual-lane drive-thru and outdoor seating only, with a maximum of 16 outdoor seating and 20 parking spaces. The plan is to open the restaurant in the first quarter of 2022, said Russell Pate, one of the owners. Chicken Scratch Holdings has a total of nine Zaxby’s restaurants in the Birmingham area. The others in Hoover can be found on John Hawkins Parkway, in The Village at Lee Branch, and on Valleydale Road near Caldwell Mill Road.
ATI physical therapy, 1539 Montgomery Highway, plans to open a new location in 2,250 square feet of space in the Hoover Crossings Mall at 1539 Montgomery Highway.
IRA Holdings and Lorna Road Properties (with John Beard as a managing member) plan to open a used car dealership called Birmingham luxury engines at 2970, chemin Lorna. The property has had several uses in the past including a car dealership, home health care business, and college. It includes approximately 19,900 square feet of office and parking space spread over 3.9 acres. 205-729-6961
The Goldfish swimming school plans to open in a vacant space next to Target at 5549 Grove Boulevard in The Grove Mall. It is a national company that teaches children from 4 months to 12 years old to swim in indoor and heated swimming pools. According to the company’s website, the Goldfish Swim School has 140 locations in 34 states, Washington, DC and Ontario, Canada.
Removals and renovations
Jack’s family restaurant plans to demolish its restaurant at 3429 Lorna Road and rebuild it in the same location with a new design similar to downtown Homewood. 205-822-9870
Revere control systems plans to move its corporate headquarters and other offices to 12 buildings along Rocky Ridge Road near Interstate 65 to a 15-acre site that once housed a Winn-Dixie grocery store at 5201 Princeton Way, near the The intersection of John Hawkins Parkway and Interstate 459. Construction was scheduled to begin in August and take about a year, according to information the company provided to the City of Hoover. On August 2, Hoover City Council approved a tax break of $ 580,000 to keep the business in Hoover and fill the long-vacant retail space. 205-824-0004
Wellness massage in Birmingham on August 16, moved their Hoover Massage Studio from 3081 Lorna Road to the Awtrey Building at 5330 Stadium Trace Parkway, Suite 335. 205-293-0630
Down Syndrome Alabama in July, his office moved from Vestavia Hills to Suite 1500 in The Offices at 3000 Riverchase, the office tower next to the Riverchase Galleria. 205-988-0810
Sunny Acuwell Massage Therapy, 3726 Lorna Road in the River Oaks Village Mall, is under new ownership. 205-587-6337
News and Achievements
Highland College, 1701 Lee Branch Lane, received a donation of $ 20 million from Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green and the Green family, which will fully fund the first of the institution’s two residences. Highlands College officials opened the living room in July. Plans call for a five-story facility with more than 68,000 square feet and 126 rooms for 252 students. Completion is scheduled for late 2022. Students will move in shortly thereafter. Thanks to a donation from the Green family, Highlands College will build the residence debt free. Highlands College is a two-year private institution that is expected to offer a four-year program within a few years. Its strategic plan foresees a growth of 1,000 students by 2029 with a vision for all students to graduate debt-free. A new 70-acre campus in Birmingham’s Grandview district, which will open later this year, includes a student center, 19 learning studios, eight hands-on ministry training labs, several collaborative areas, restaurants , cafe, library, fitness and recreation center. facilities, a versatile auditorium and the latest audiovisual technologies. 205-731-7339
Belk, based in Charlotte, promoted Nir Patel from President and Chief Merchandising Officer to CEO, replacing Lisa Harper, who had been CEO since July 2016. Patel joined Belk in 2016 as Executive Vice President and was promoted to the role Director of Merchandising in 2018 and President in 2020. Prior to joining Belk, he was Senior Vice President at Kohl’s, Vice President at Land’s End and worked for Abercrombie & Fitch, Target and Gap. Belk also promoted Don Hendricks from COO to President and hired Chris Kolbe as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Harper is now Executive Chairman of the Board of Belk. 205-987-4200
Kimberly Jackson of Alabama Power Co. and Tyler Lipe of Regions have joined the board of directors of the Hoover Region Chamber of Commerce. 205-988-5672
Nail Touch & Glow and Spa, 1021 Brock’s Gap Parkway in The Village at Brock’s Gap, celebrates its first anniversary in September. 205-821-1182
Mills Pharmacy, 758 Shades Mountain Plaza, and its 13 venues in the Birmingham area celebrated the opening of the first venue in August. 205-823-9500
Cinaholic, the gourmet cinnamon bun bakery located at 270 Doug Baker Boulevard, Suite 300, in the village of Lee Branch, celebrates its first anniversary in September. Customers can personalize their creations with sweets made from scratch. 205-573-6166