The Evolution of Edgewood Station

From Gas Station to Auto Repair Shop to Thriving Neighborhood Center

Since acquiring the former Edgewood Service Center in the fall of 2016, the property has undergone an amazing transformation. The project was fully leased before breaking ground on the renovation, which affirmed that this well-positioned property would be highly sought after by tenants.

SW broker Michael Murray was the lead developer on the deal and has had his eye on this particular property for quite some time. The former owners, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Pettus, operated the auto repair center there for approximately 40 years. Before it became the Edgewood Service Station, the property served as a Shell Gas Station with a small repair shop. The Pettuses purchased the property in the mid-1970s and decided to focus solely on auto repair in the mid-1980s.

Murray, a nearby Homewood resident, developed a relationship with the Pettuses and on Mr. Pettus’ retirement, he purchased the property. Thus began several months of converting an auto repair shop, which for many years housed oily wrenches, air compressors, tires and belts, into extraordinary restaurant and retail space.

The 5,000 SF anchor tenant Bartaco had been looking for locations in Birmingham due to its growing reputation as a “foodie” city.  They loved the charm and walkability of Edgewood, as well as the laid-back family oriented vibe of the neighborhood. They serve upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment.

Three15 Studio is an exercise concept that combines cycling, barre, and weights, 15 minutes each per class. The studio occupies 2,000 SF on the second floor of the building. Their motto is “You can do anything for 15 minutes.”

Mason Dixon Bakery is a gluten free concept which started in Huntsville. Founded by husband and wife Taylor and Ashley Ramirez, Mason Dixon offers breakfast, lunch and very popular bakery items.  They also serve a wonderful brunch on the weekends.

An Edgewood resident himself, Murray felt fortunate to have three concepts, which are all new to the market, decide that Edgewood was the right location for them.

by Suzanne Echols