A two-year-old gym operator out of Birmingham is close to signing franchise agreements with two Nashville-area entrepreneurs. The Birmingham News says the two locations will go north and south of the city's core.
Iron Tribe began with a single gym in a garage in Homewood in 2010 and today has four Birmingham-area locations. The gyms specialize in a system of training that combines a variety of types of exercise in short, intense sessions. Membership in Iron Tribe facilities is capped at 250 people per gym, and fees average about $250 per month.
Construction company B.L. Harbert International says it will set up a Nashville office after recruiting a locally based health care veteran as a vice president. Ben Smith comes to Harbert after leading the Nashville and Atlanta markets for Harbert peer BE&K, which moved into the Middle Tennessee market about six years ago.
Accretive Health was looking at Nashville in which to locate its Southeast service center. The result would have been up to 250 jobs and a $2 million-plus investment. Instead, the Chicago-based company opted for Birmingham.
If it's any consolation for Music City boosters, Accretive also passed on Pensacola, Fla.
The Birmingham News has the story here.
The owners of the Tin Roof chain of restaurants/music clubs will in a few weeks open the doors to their first location in Alabama. The spot will be the seventh Tin Roof, feature two stages and, says Managing Partner Tony Urbanek, be the first one large enough to hold up to 1,000 music fans.
The move into Alabama comes shortly after Tin Roof officials signed a lease for a location on Cincinnati's Riverfront.
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