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Aug. 14 - Evans General Contractors and Coleman Company Unveil New Offices on Chatham Parkway

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 14, 2019 - Evans General Contractors and Coleman Company officially unveiled their new, Class A offices located at 1480 Chatham Parkway in Savannah, Ga. last week. City of Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach joined more than 100 community and business leaders to celebrate the collective growth and generational leadership of both companies. 

The new two-story, Class A office totals 27,500 square feet and was design/built by Evans General Contractors to resemble the look and feel of its Atlanta Headquarters. RT Evans, Vice President and Division Manager who is preparing to lead the company next year, stated, “It was important to replicate our brand aesthetics so that our industry partners have the same experience no matter where they conduct business. Our office culture and environment are part of our identity and we want it to resonate as one team.”

Committed to serving the region, the Evans team has built more than 18 million square feet of manufacturing, office, distribution and healthcare space throughout Savannah and the surrounding areas with a construction value of over $700,000,000. 

“Savannah’s world-class logistics infrastructure has made it one of the best industrial markets in the country,” said Jeff Jepson, Executive Vice President and COO. “We’ve had tremendous success building distribution and logistics centers to meet the area’s demand for warehouse space, however, we also build some of the most technically advanced manufacturing projects in the country, in numerous sectors, including automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare. This new space allows us to continue expanding our service offering for future clients.”

Coleman Company provided civil engineering for the building, an impressive new office location. With over 36 years of combined civil engineering and surveying experience, the Coleman team provides professional consulting services for land development projects specializing in engineering design and surveying for light industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential uses.

Since its inception in 2013, Coleman Company has been instrumental in the prolific growth of the Coastal Empire contributing to the development of thousands of rooftops in the Savannah Highlands and Pooler area by working with large land developers including Landmark 24 and major commercial centers associated with the Tanger Outlet Mall. Coleman Company is also proud to be part of the economic development engine in the community providing site designs for over 6 million square feet of industrial warehouse space and helping industries such as Gulfstream Aerospace and JCB grow their local manufacturing facilities.

Coleman President and CEO Terry Coleman is proud of the family-driven and tight-knit core of professionals who make up the civil engineering and land surveying firm he established in Savannah. “We try to maintain what we refer to as a family business - we are truly a family environment.” 

Coleman CFO, Greg Coleman, is poised to lead his father’s company in the future. “For us, we believe relationships matter as much as delivering superior products and services. Some of our team members have worked alongside my father for more than 25 years. Our new office is a not only a physical representation of Coleman’s growth but more importantly, it’s a testament to our work ethic and values and we couldn’t be more proud to share in this moment as a work-family.” 

Currently, two additional office suites within the new office complex located at 1480 Chatham Parkway are available for lease. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Dewitt of CBRE at 912.228.3528.

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Aug. 9 - Enmarket Opens Newly Renovated Downtown MLK Store in Savannah – Redesigned with Community in Mind

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 9, 2019 - Savannah-based Enmarket recently cut the ribbon on the newly rebuilt and expanded kiosk on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the Interstate 16 on-ramp.

The new state-of-the-art convenience store was renovated to integrate its appearance into the surrounding historic district. The design of the new 3,522-square-foot convenience store at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. drew from the site’s transportation-related history with its proximity adjacent to the Central of Georgia Railway and Georgia State Railroad Museum.

The non-traditional design includes, among other things, an outdoor dining patio, a green space, and a bike service area. Enmarket contracted with a local artist to design and paint a community-themed mural on one of the exterior walls.

The rebuilt outlet is accessible to trolleys and other vehicles critical to Savannah’s downtown tourism industry and features four multi-product dispensers with gasoline and diesel offering.

“We are thrilled to unveil this beautiful new store in the historic district,” said Brett Giesick, President of Enmarket. “The design and concept reflect the direction we are taking in the community which is to provide a more modern, customer-friendly store with a dual focus on pedestrian and automobile traffic.”

The new store features Enmarket products already available at other full-service stores, including fountain drinks, “chillen” frozen beverages, bean-to-cup coffee, and local craft beer. The location also includes Enmarket’s proprietary kitchen concept, The Eatery, featuring its signature breakfast biscuits and antibiotic-free, never-frozen chicken. Fresh grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, parfaits, and more are prepared on-site. This is the only convenience store to offer all of these options on the western end of downtown Savannah.

“This is a one-of-a-kind location for Enmarket,” continued Giesick. “A diverse customer base of downtown residents, commuters, local businesses, SCAD students and faculty, and tourists were all carefully considered when we selected this store design and the products and services that this location offers.”

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July 24 - Thrillist Names Zunzi's One of the Best Sandwich Shops in America

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 24, 2019 - Thrillist, a national online media website covering food, drink, travel and entertainment, has named Zunzi's one of the best sandwich shops in America.

Thrillist selected 33 winners throughout the United States, describing this prestigious list of  shops as those that represent the best of American sandwiching, from old-school delis to high-end counters, trend-setting international flavor ambassadors, and everything in between. 

Click here to read the full article.

PEOPLE Magazine also recently teamed up with online restaurant guide The Infatuation, and selected the Conquistador, Zunzi’s uniquely South African inspired sandwich, as the “Best Sandwich in Georgia.”

Zunzi's first opened its doors in 2005 in Savannah, GA with the sole purpose of filling the tummies of college students at the Savannah College of Art & Design with home cooked meals. Since then, Zunzi's South African inspired menu has won the hearts of not only SCAD students, but locals and tourists visiting Savannah. By popular demand, Zunzi's expanded to Atlanta, GA and opened its second location in May 2018. Zunzi's is now focused on further expansion by franchising locations in the Southeast. 

For more information visit https://www.zunzis.com/.  

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Aug. 8 - U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 8, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day period for public comment on proposed revisions to optional use forms that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) provides for public use in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The revisions will make the forms easier to understand for employers, leave administrators, healthcare providers, and employees seeking leave. The revisions will increase compliance with the law, improve customer service, and improve the administration of the law. WHD drafted the revisions with input from the public in letters, interviews, and public meetings.

Improved enforcement provides a more level playing field for employers and ensures workers receive the protections the law provides.

“Workers succeed when they know they don’t have to choose between taking care of themselves or a loved one, and keeping a job,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl M. Stanton. “Proposing these changes to improve compliance under the Family and Medical Leave Act is a win for workers and employers. It’s an important step forward to meet the needs of the rapidly changing 21st century economy.”

The changes will reduce the time it takes a health care provider to provide information, and help leave administrators review and communicate information to employees more directly and clearly, reducing violations.

WHD provides a wide variety of educational compliance assistance tools that explain the law’s requirements on its FMLA webpage.

More information about the proposed changes is available at the Federal Register. The Department encourages any interested members of the public to submit comments about the proposed changes electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2019, to be considered.

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July 22 - Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy Opening in Savannah Aug. 14

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 22, 2019 - The Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy will open on Aug. 14, 2019 at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah GA, 31419.

An open house will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and tours are available by appointment the week of Aug. 5-9.

The Early Learning Academy (ELA) is a place for all children to learn through teacher-guided intentional play, meaningful interactions, and inquisitive exploration.

ELA’s goal is to incorporate all children in safe, creative, language-enriched classrooms where learning becomes a fun daily experience. The program is designed to foster all educational and emotional developmental areas for toddlers (18 months) to pre-kindergarten (48-60 months).

According to ELA Director Ciarra Torres, “Inclusion preschools are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society. Family diversity and individual acceptance are widely recognized as beneficial to the entire community. ELA’s mission is to create a facility where all children, with and without developmental differences, are cherished and encouraged to blossom into the persons they are meant to be. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn from others in a loving, safe, comfortable, and educational environment.”

Thirty years of research has shown that all children benefit tremendously in a setting which fosters increased opportunities to learn leadership skills, develop empathy, and broaden language acquisition and peer interactions.

Low child to teacher ratios (4:1) permit staff to focus on each individual child’s development, goals, and progress. ELA’s teaching staff consists of highly trained and caring teachers who collectively bring 30+ years of preschool teaching experience in the Savannah area to Southside’s newest educational gem. ELA classrooms and playground are well-equipped and spacious, far exceeding minimum space requirements.

Dr. Gail G. McGee, PhD, founder of the Walden School at Emory University, is consulting with ELA to replicate components of Walden for inclusive early education. Modeled on learning through incidental teaching, Walden methodology takes advantage of naturally occurring “incidents” to teach important skills. Parental involvement is a key component in the program, including professionally-led training sessions for all families on topics such as behavior management, incidental teaching at home, language enrichment, and much more.

The Early Learning Academy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a formal educational program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit www.matthewreardon.org/ela 

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