Merita Bakery redevelopment gets name, will open this summer

A new downtown mixed-use development close to Regions Field now has a name, and will soon have its first tenants following major renovations.

The 30,000-square-foot development, once home to a Merita Bread factory will be rebranded as Bakers Row, according to a report from LIV Development and Corporate Realty have partnered on the project.

We reported in in November when the 14th Street South property was acquired by Parkside Bakery Investment Partners LLC from 14th Street Baking Co. for $2.2 million, according to Jefferson County public records. The development then underwent a $5.5 million renovation leading up to its re-opening.

The report also said KPS Group will serve as the project's architect, along with being the first tenant. Meredith Calhoun of Corporate Realty will handle leases and Murray Building Co. has been named the general contractor.

Corporate Realty will occupy around 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, leaving 10,000 to 12,000 square feet available for office lease, as we previously reported.

The bakery closed in 2012, with 90 workers reportedly losing their jobs amid the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc.

Blaine House, director of operations for Murray Building, said the project will also feature 13,000 square feet of restaurant space. Additionally, House said they plan to have the first tenant moved in by this summer.

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