Mobile's "Automobile Alley" moving into high gear


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A Mobile business development group says a re-developed part of downtown has seen three new businesses move into the area in about six months.

The "Automobile Alley Historic District" along St. Louis Street used to be the home for car dealerships dating back to the 1920's.

It's being developed as a retail and high tech corridor.

The Downtown Mobile Alliance said three retail businesses, The Cheese Cottage, Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery, and Fowler Lighting have moved recently across the street from each other.

Fred Rendfrey with Downtown Mobile Alliance said, "It provided a nice opportunity for re-development because there were larger buildings in larger sites."

Kristi Barber, owner the The Cheese Cottage said, "We ended up coming back home with my grandchildren and said, 'You know what? Mobile is experiencing a really good revitalization, so let's be a part of that.' "

Charles Parmenter, co-owner of Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery, said, "I believe it's going to be the hottest area in town, I really do. Building after building is coming back."

The area is also being developed as a technology corridor because of a fiber trunk that runs underneath St. Louis Street.

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