Birmingham’s newest, upscale apartment development boasts luxurious amenities and on-site trendy dining
and retail options within walking distance of UAB and downtown’s medical and central business districts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 3/7/2018 – The Waites Apartments, Birmingham’s newest residential and mixed-use development, located at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and 21 st Street South, is pleased to announce its newest tenant, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. This is the national sandwich chain’s first location in downtown Birmingham and second Birmingham location overall. Named by Forbes as one of the “30 Best Franchises to Buy,” the Dallas-based and award-winning sandwich concept has more than 500 locations worldwide and is known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system and personalized sandwich bag. With the addition of Which Wich, seven of the eight retail spaces at The Waites have been leased.

True to its mission statement, “We believe that a great sandwich has the power to make any day better. . . . We craft each sandwich with care, with a smile and a thank you, to send you on your way re-energized and satisfied,” Birmingham’s newest Which Wich location has a desire to serve its customers through a positive attitude and design-your- own sandwiches with varied bread, meat and topping options.

“The Waites is perfectly positioned in downtown Birmingham to serve UAB and other surrounding businesses and residential areas,” says Patrick Howell, franchise owner. “In addition, a lot of pride and attention to detail has gone into the design and construction of The Waites, and I think the customers and future residents will appreciate that. With all that considered, The Waites location fits perfectly with the vibe of Which Wich.”

Occupying approximately 1,500 square feet, Which Wich will feature outdoor seating directly in front of the store in addition to its indoor seating. The store will offer catering delivery for all of downtown Birmingham, as well as an express pick-up option for customers via online ordering or by phone. A delivery option is available for individual orders serving those that live or work within a mile radius of The Waites.

Named after the former Waites Bakery, The Waites features more than 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space with other onsite tenants including Club Pilates, Taco Mama, Farm Burger, Smoothie King and Roll Up, a sushi concept. Retail tenants will start to open mid-summer 2017. Parking for retail tenants will be in the rear of the property.

“Which Wich is an excellent addition to The Waites retail lineup, and we are thrilled to have them,” says Rodney Barstein, chief development officer for Retail Specialists. “Residents of The Waites and those living or working in the surrounding communities will love everything that we have to offer.”

The Waites is now leasing its luxury apartments situated just steps away from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and central business district of downtown Birmingham. With the first residents moving in this month, floor plans include one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 712 to 1,120 square feet, all equipped with upscale amenities and airy, open-concept living spaces. The development’s model unit is open for tours.

Luxury apartment amenities include:

  • Keyless entry systems
  • Full-sized washer and dryer in every unit
  • Private balconies with bike racks and city views
  • Natural, wood-style flooring
  • Chef-inspired kitchens with burner gas ranges or induction ranges
  • Oversized, gourmet kitchen islands with granite countertops
  • Stainless-steel, energy-efficient appliances
  • 10-foot ceilings
  • Custom wood cabinetry with built-in wine rack
  • Walk-in closets
  • Smart thermostats
  • USB charging outlets
  • Wall-mounted, 55-inch TVs in living space
  • Walk-in showers with rainfall and handheld shower heads
  • Zyp Bikeshare Station less than one block away

The Waites development is just steps away from UAB and the central business district of downtown Birmingham, making it perfect for members of the medical community who want a five minute walk to work or school. The development provides several community amenities, including: elevator access to floors, pet-friendly residences, 24-hour parcel concierge system, 24-hour fitness center, study/conference room and multi-level private parking. Monthly rental rates range from $1,375 to $1,800 and include pest control, trash, water/sewer and natural gas services. Cable and internet are also included in the rental rate until Jan. 1, 2018.

To pay homage to the history of the site, development company Retail Specialists and Williams Blackstock Architects incorporated pieces of limestone from the former building to be included in the façade. Cooper Construction began demolition of the former site April 2016, with construction of the new building starting June 2016.

For more information about The Waites Apartments or to inquire about pre-leasing, please visit www.thewaitesbham.com or call 205-533- 3072. Those interested in leasing retail space should contact Bill Clements at Bill@retailspecialists.com or Brooks Corr at Brooks@retailspecialists.com by calling 205-313- 3676. For more information or media inquiries, please contact Katie Beck at 205-503- 5927 or kbeck@styleadvertising.com.

About The Waites Apartments

Located in the heart of Birmingham, The Waites promises upscale apartment living and trendy dining – all within a 5-minute walk of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB Hospital. Named after the former Waites Bakery, The Waites features 45 upscale one and two-bedroom apartments with luxurious amenities and airy, open living spaces. The Waites is developed and managed by Retail Specialists. For more information on The Waites Apartments, please visit www.thewaitesbham.com or call 205-533- 3072.