BAY ST. LOUIS – The new owners of the brick facade building at 111 Main St. will enhance the retail space on one side, open a coastal bistro on the other and rebrand the new development as The Shops at Magnolia Alley. Also in the plans is construction of exclusive apartments behind the building.
The Parrish family, who took over ownership last week, chose the name in honor of the Magnolia State Lumber Supply business that occupied the building from 1937 to the 1980s. The Phillips family created four retail spaces as part of the building’s post-Katrina makeover in 2008.
The current tenants – Uptown Interiors, Bay Breeze, Biz-Zee Bee and Gourmet Galley – all will remain under the new ownership.
Pass Christian architect Leah Watters is creating the “Alley” of Magnolia Alley on the side of the building where Uptown Interiors is. A new open air entrance off Main Street will lead to two side-by-side retail spaces running the length of the building, with a secure gated entry leading to the lobby of the planned three-story luxury apartments.
The two retail spots in the middle of the building where Gourmet Galley and Biz-Zee Bee are will be unchanged.