Gulf South

Mandina’s Restaurant Coming to Spanish Fort Town Center

Spanish Fort Town Center

Stirling Properties, in partnership with Cypress Equities, announces New-Orleans-based Mandina’s Restaurant will be joining the tenant lineup at Spanish Fort Town Center mixed-use development in South Alabama.

Mandina’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans institution since 1932, serving Italian and Cajun-Creole seafood, steaks and pasta. This marks the third location for Mandina’s Restaurant and the first outside of Louisiana. The original restaurant is located on Canal Street in New Orleans. A local franchisee opened the second Mandina’s on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, Louisiana, and is now venturing into Alabama. The newest Spanish Fort location will occupy 3,997 square feet of space located on Bass Pro Drive across from “The Fort” Container Park. Menu items and operation will closely resemble that of the Mandeville restaurant.  

Angie McArthur, Broker Associate, and Jeff Barnes, Senior Investment Advisor/Broker Associate with Stirling Properties, serve as the leasing team for the property owners, Dallas-based Cypress Equities, and helped to secure the new restaurant for the center. The duo has worked with the overall Spanish Fort Town Center project since 2015.

“Stirling Properties is thrilled to welcome Mandina’s Restaurant to Spanish Fort Town Center and be a part of the evolution and growth of this dynamic community center. The addition of more great restaurants and retailers continues to attract patrons and diners to the development and benefits the surrounding retailers—this is a true destination location for everyone,” said McArthur. “We are proud of the great strides made to move this project forward—from Cypress Equities’ investment in the Pavilion and park to the revitalization of the small shops and the latest addition of The Fort. We look forward to welcoming more great tenants and amenities to Spanish Fort Town Center soon!”

Spanish Fort Town Center, anchored by Bass Pro Shops, Kohl’s, Cavender’s, La-Z-Boy, Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park and The Fort Container Park, is a 230-acre premier master-planned development located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 98 in Baldwin County. The center includes 450,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a residential apartment community, office space, hotels, banks and entertainment options.

Over the last two years, Stirling Properties has helped to successfully secure more than 44,000 square feet of new leases for the retail center, adding Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, Direct Furniture, Oishi Japanese Bar & Grill, Dixie Dental, The Fort restaurants and Cavender’s to the diverse tenant lineup. McArthur and Barnes are also currently in negotiations with various businesses that will add another 140,000 square feet of hotel and other uses.

For Spanish Fort Town Center leasing & sales information, contact Angie McArthur at (251) 375-2481 / or Jeff Barnes, CCIM, at (251) 375-2496 /

Now, Next & Beyond: The path forward for reentry into the office space

Pan American Life Center New Orleans, Louisiana

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rewrite the rules of daily life, both personally and professionally, every business must deal with the unprecedented challenges that few of us ever expected. We in commercial real estate need no reminder of the extraordinary times we are currently experiencing. The retail real estate sector remains the most immediately and directly affected economically by the coronavirus pandemic, with April rent collections down on average of 35% – 45%. Compare that with multifamily, industrial and office tenants, where rent collections are around 90%. However, regardless of the sector or market, the future remains uncertain.

Unlike other disruptions where we can point to a specific cause and implement a plan of action, the challenging nature of this new coronavirus, along with its systemic impact on almost everything we do, makes near-term planning a crapshoot. Hence the difficulty in not only containment but in planning just what our “new normal” will look like—particularly for the office environment.

As areas begin to stabilize and stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, businesses will start the process of reopening, reentering and recovery. The path forward for office landlords and occupants can be viewed in three phases: now, next and beyond.


The “now” is what businesses are currently experiencing and how they are reacting to the situation at hand. A recent Gartner, Inc. survey of HR executives found that 88% of organizations have encouraged or required their employees to work from home. Additionally, daily usage of the Zoom meeting platform has increased more than 300% from before the pandemic. Companies are doing whatever it takes to keep their workforce productive and find creative ways to serve their clients and customers. The place and pace in which employees work may have changed, but if you are the CEO, leader or stakeholder of a company, your mind is centered on subsequent steps—what’s next? The social investments we have made and continue to make will determine how long we stay in the “now.” 


“Next” as it concerns the reopening of companies is what landlords and employers are focusing on—the “reentry” phase. As we begin to bring workers back into the office, the physical space and social dynamic of the workplace will undoubtedly change. Employers will first have to find a balance between those who don’t yet feel comfortable returning to the office and those who welcome a return.

What near-term solutions will employers and building landlords be required to put in place for the office environment as we transition through the phases of reopening the economy over the next few months? Obviously, the health and wellness of people will be paramount. Staggering schedules of the workforce coming back into the office, so there are fewer employees present at one time, and coming up with creative wayfinding around common areas and office amenities will be needed to address how we meet social distancing guidelines. Reduced touchpoints, cleaning procedures and sanitizing must be enhanced. New guidelines that change how we interact person-to-person with our coworkers and clients, like controlled access and visitor policies, will need to be determined.

Flexibility is going to be a critical factor once we start emerging from uncertainty over the next few weeks. If all goes well, distancing measures will technically be relaxed, but how many of the near-term policies and procedures will become long-term changes to how and where we interact with each other?


“Beyond” is an extension of “next.” As “next” is considered near-term, “beyond” is long-term. It is believed that it takes approximately 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. How many of the near-term policies will become permanent in the office ecosystem? Real estate owners and operators across every asset class are considering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus outbreak and required modifications that these shifts are likely to bring. 

For example, the recent trend toward densification of the workspace may change, but the need for social interaction and professional collaboration—in a safe environment—will certainly keep us in the office. This could result in the reintroduction of hard separations between desks or staggered workspaces, plexiglass dividers or cough shields between coworkers, widened corridors, the continued use of Zoom and other teleconference platforms within the office for team meetings, the list goes on as far as space planners and social engineers can imagine.

Various data show that anywhere from 5% – 20% of the workforce that previously operated from company offices will become permanent work-from-home employees, potentially reducing the need for office space. Then again, as distancing and safety become part of our social psyche, and public health codes place occupancy limits on space planning, the employee-per-square-foot ratio will likely increase, producing an uptick in demand for office real estate. The obvious question is, will one offset the other?

Long-term corporate real estate decision-making will likely be put on hold for some time as we reenter the workplace. Fewer organizations are going to feel comfortable signing a 3- or 5-year lease for office space because of the need to maintain as much flexibility as possible. As tenants and landlords shake out how best to accommodate their mutual needs, the opportunity will lie in rethinking office space to make it more accommodating for employees, whether that means more or less square footage.

On the landlord side, owners with patience and enough working capital to endure the short-term volatility and initial stress of the post-pandemic lease-up will emerge the winners. They will maintain a strong presence in urban centers, with updated spaces that meet the “new normal” tenants will seek.

We don’t know what’s going to happen over the next weeks and months; the situation remains fluid and continually evolving. But as more businesses face various phases of now, next and beyond, the need for professional guidance and best practices and protocols will grow. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you during these next critical steps. Stirling Properties’ advisors are experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate, including retail, office, industrial, healthcare and multifamily sectors.

Stay safe and healthy.

April 30, 2020|Blog, Gulf South, Management Services, office|

Stirling Properties Mixes Philanthropy & Fun

Inaugural Stirling Fest raises $60,000 for local nonprofits!

Aloha. Stirling Properties celebrated our inaugural Stirling Fest last Friday, a day of Hawaiian-style fun and philanthropy to raise money for charitable causes throughout the Gulf South region. The event, hosted by the Stirling Stewardship Committee, was a HUGE SUCCESS, raising over $60,000 for local nonprofit organizations!

Representing our motto of #BeTheChange: Helping others is a work of heart, every year, Stirling Properties selects charitable organizations to become the recipients of our annual company-wide fundraising efforts. Nonprofit groups are nominated and then voted on by Team Stirling members. This year, we are proud to have expanded our recipients to four worthy organizations—Special Olympics Louisiana, Camp N.O.R.A., Safe Harbor Northshore and Ronald McDonald House Charities Mobile! Representatives from each organization were in attendance to celebrate with us and receive a check for $15,000.

Celebrating our 7th year, the fundraising event was changed from an Olympics-style to more of a festival with music, games and tons of great prizes. Held at Digs Volleyball Complex in Covington, the Luau-themed day featured delicious food and beverages along with live music by in-house band Craig Marks the Spot and DJ El Camino (aka Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc.). Games and activities were held throughout the day including Beach Volleyball, Simon Says, Hula Hooping and Checkers.

The main event was a 4-team Cajun Huki Pull relay representing each of the designated nonprofits. Congratulations to Team Special Olympics, they took home the trophy for Beach Volleyball and the Huki Pull!

Mahalo. A special thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters, and Team Stirling for your generosity. Major sponsors include BXS Insurance, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Brasfield & Gorrie, Fishman Haygood LLP, IBERIABANK, Richard Price Contracting Co., BH Management, Hancock Whitney Bank, Capital One, Duplantis Design Group PC, Rotolo Consultants, Walker & Dunlop, Wells Fargo, Louisiana Landscape, Ogden Painting, Zito∙Russell Architects PC, Acadia Land Surveyor, Baker Donelson, Kent Design, Regal Construction, Robert Refrigeration, Stratum Engineering LLC, Armstrong Property Services, Associated Building Services LLC, Bellingrath Wealth Management, Champion Security, Cleco, Construction South Inc., Donahue Favret, E. Cornell Malone Corp., Eustis Mortgage, First Bank & Trust, First Guaranty, Gallo Mechanical, Greenleaf Lawson Architects, Jimmy Maurin, Jones Walker, Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison LLC, Lemoine Company, Malone Roofing Services LLC, Metro Mechanical Inc., Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, PGIM Real Estate Finance, Pinnacle Elevators, Precision Metal Inc., Precision Waste Solutions LLC, Real Estate Tax Group, Resource Management LLC, Roger Ogden, SCS Electric Inc., Sun Interiors, Trimark Constructors LLC, VergesRome Architects, Vinson Guard Service Inc., WLS Lighting Solutions and Fidelity Bank.

And a big shout-out to the Stirling Stewardship Committee and the Stirling Fest Committee for all their hard work organizing the event and making it happen!

A hui hou (until we meet again)! #StirlingProud

Thank you to Big Easy Parking Lot Maintenance, Cosmich Simmons & Brown PLLC, Gulf South Electric, River Parish Disposal, Chris’ Paving, Coastal Environmental Services, Connelly Construction Group, Cost Segregation Services, Covington Electric Services Inc., Geiger Heating & Air, ITS Fire Alarm Security LLC, Jefferson Sprinkler, Larry Loyd Construction Co., Moran Construction Consultants LLC, Mullin Landscape Associates, PMAT Real Estate Investments, Premier Service Team LLC, Premium Parking, Professional Maintenance Services, Southeastern Waterproofing, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Upchurch Services, CMC, Moradel Cleaning Services Inc., Angelos Landscaping, B&G Lawn Maintenance LLC, Cook Moore & Associates, Dale’s Paving Inc., NcNeer Electrical Contracting Inc., Unit Design Inc., CertaPro Painters of Lafayette, Delta Flooring, Dixie Office Products, Floor Trader, Huseman & Associates LLC, Mele Printing, Pat Brister, ACA Mechanical/Industrial LLC, Susan Bonnett, T.L. Construction LLC, Grass Unlimited, Acadiana Lighting & Signs, CJ Ladner Insurance Agency Inc., Multitech Office Machines and Sign Lite.

October 8, 2019|Blog, Corporate, Gulf South, Involvement, Stewardship|

President’s Message: In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity

There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

To some, today’s relentless pace of change can seem like chaos. At Stirling Properties, we embrace it as an opportunity to grow, diversify and evolve.

2018 was another such year of opportunity for our company as we continued to translate our talent, resources and skills into new and diverse projects, properties and challenges.

Take a look at just a snapshot from 2018.

So, what comes next? More chaos, more change and more opportunities—we at Stirling Properties are excited and ready!

– Marty Mayer

Marty Mayer Signature

January 31, 2019|Blog, Gulf South, President's Message|

National Association of REALTORS® Names Stirling Properties’ Beth Cristina as Regional Vice-President

Beth Cristina National Association of REALTORS® Regional Vice-President

Stirling Properties’ Senior Broker Associate, Beth Cristina, ALC, has been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as 2019 Regional Vice President. She will oversee Region 10 which encompasses Louisiana and Texas.

In her new role as Regional Vice President, Cristina will be responsible for serving as a spokesperson for the association, identifying problems or opportunities within the region, and assisting wherever possible. She will also be accountable for attending state conventions and annual meetings of the National Association and chairing the regional caucus meetings to conduct business affairs and exchange information. Cristina will join 13 other elected individuals who are appointed to administer the work of the National Association in their respective regions.

“I am honored to be elected as the NAR 2019 Regional Vice President for Louisiana and Texas,” said Cristina. “I am very motivated and will continue to be a driving force in all of NAR’s efforts to serve its members.”

Cristina has over thirty-eight years of successful experience in commercial real estate sales, leasing, development, and investments. Her qualifications include retail and office market analysis, tenant/landlord and purchaser/seller representation, marketing sales, leasing strategies, and consulting services. She has earned numerous awards and recognition throughout her career, including Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Real Estate (2011), Realtor of the Year (2010), and Woman of the Year (2005).

She is affiliated with several business and professional organizations, including Realtor Land Institute (RLI); Louisiana Realtors (LR), where she served as 2015 President; New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR), where she served as 2005 President; and Commercial Investment Division (CID) of NOMAR, where she served as President for 2000 and 2008. Most recently, she served as NAR’s 2018 Commercial Committee Chair and assumed the position for one year.

The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Membership is composed of residential and commercial realtors who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others engaged in the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of approximately 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®.

Beth Cristina can be reached at (504) 620-8127 or

Club 4 Fitness Expanding in the Gulf South

Club 4 Fitness


Stirling Properties is pleased to announce that Club4Fitness, an all-inclusive fitness facility, is expanding in the Gulf South market with the addition of four new locations in Alabama and Louisiana. Justin Toomey, Broker Associate with Stirling Properties, and Kenneth Herring, broker with Kerioth Corporation worked with The Club to identify and secure the latest retail locations:

  • The Club will occupy 20,000 square feet of retail space in Hillcrest Plaza located at 813 Hillcrest Road in Mobile, AL. Club 4 plans to open this facility first quarter of 2019. Cummings and Associates, Inc. represented the property owner in the lease transaction.
  • In addition, the company is leasing 29,696 square feet of space in Schillinger Place located at 2502 South Schillinger Road in Mobile, AL. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord in the transaction. Club 4 plans to open this facility in the first quarter of 2019.
  • In Louisiana, The Club has recently secured a 27,805-square-foot retail space in Caffery Center located at 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette. Jarrett Adame with Realm Realty represented the landlord in this transaction. Club 4 plans to open this facility in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The Club has also just secured a 30,907-square-foot retail space at The Pavilion Shopping Center in Kenner, Louisiana, and plans to open in the first quarter of 2019. John Moss with LA Retail represented the landlord in this transaction.

The Club offers a wide array of health and fitness equipment that allows members to achieve their health and fitness goals through regular exercise programs. From the building design to the variety of services, The Club offers a truly unique experience. With the mission of improving the physical, medical, spiritual and emotional health of local communities, Club 4 Fitness is excited to bring its concept to local markets.

Club 4 Fitness currently operates ten fitness clubs in Mississippi. This marks the 1st location for both Alabama and Louisiana.

For leasing information, contact Justin Toomey at or (251) 342-7229.


October 18, 2018|Agents, Commercial, Deals, Gulf South, news, Press Releases, Retail|
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