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Restaurant Chains Looking To Expand Into The Mobile Alabama Area

Mobile Alabama is getting a lot of attention these days.

I have been trying to keep up with the ever-changing saga of the U.S. Air Force tanker contract war between Boeing and Northrop Grumman. If you haven’t heard, Boeing protested the awarding of the contract to Northrop Grumman
See Pensacola Real Estate News article Boeing Wins Air Force Tanker Award Protest


Next, the Pentagon decided the Air Force could not competently handle the bidding and award process and took it upon themselves to handle the rebid process. The Pentagon recently issued a revised set of criteria for the award. These criteria appear to favor the Northrop Grumman plane (Good for Mobile), and thus Boeing is crying foul on these criteria and trying to push the bidding process into the next presidential administration.

The Pentagon, however, has insisted that the contract will be awarded by the end of the year.

Note that the real losers in this game are our men and women in uniform who desperately need these new airplanes. This seems to be lost on the companies, and on Congress.

Either way, this contract dispute has attracted a lot of attention for Mobile Alabama. Real estate is in high demand. 

See Pensacola Real Estate News article Mobile Alabama Needs Real Estate 

Now, according to the Alabama Press Register, many restaurant chains are looking into expanding their businesses into Mobile.

Some of the names mentioned were Dunkin, Einstein Bros Bagels, Quiznos, Baskin-Robbins, Jimmy John’s sandwiches, Roly Poly, Zoe’s Kitchen and Cheeburger Cheeburger.  In the Alabama Press article they state “Many fast-casual restaurateurs feel Mobile is the perfect fit, thanks in large part to the economic growth expected in the near future.”

James Franks, national director of franchising for Baskin-Robbins, has said the company likes the demographics in Mobile and Baldwin counties, calling the area home to plenty of working professionals and families. “It’s very simple — the people are there, and we don’t just appeal to one demographic. In a tight economy, consumers like a quality product that doesn’t break the bank.”

“Even if (the tanker assembly plant) doesn’t come to Mobile, the area is still continuing to grow and becoming a major force within our region,” said George Waldron, who has directed the opening of 32 Quiznos in the four-state Gulf Coast area in the past 11-plus years.

While Pensacola is not the target for any major industries or contracts, we can at least hope for some spillover from Mobile’s economic growth into our area.  It is too bad that our local leaders cannot seem to get along well enough to do anything productive for our area.

See Pensacola Real Estate News  article about Mobile’s super economic growth:  The Real News Is Next Door In Mobile .  

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  1. Alabama Realtor

    I think is a great idea. You will be tapping into a largely untapped market that lends itself to incredibly fast growth.