Karl’s aims to reel in new anglers with retail store

Direct-to-consumer fishing brand Karl’s Bait & Tackle, which launched as a mystery subscription service in 2012, has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Fort Worth, Texas. Karl’s Fishing and Outdoors store launched to create an experiential shopping experience for the growing number of people drawn to the sport of angling. Modern Retail

Wow Bao cooks up vending machine plans for US, Canada

Chicago-based fast-casual and virtual chain Wow Bao has teamed with Automated Retail Technologies to roll out high-tech vending machines designed for nontraditional venues such as hospitals, airports and hotels. The first 50 machines, which prepare refrigerated bao and dumplings to order, were installed in cities in Georgia and Florida last week, and the chain plans […]

Mill Creek to integrate housing into NJ mall

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has named Mill Creek Residential Trust as a co-developer for Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey for the purpose of building an apartment complex with more than 500 units within the development. Forbes

Quiznos, Taco Del Mar unveil small prefab units

Rego Restaurant Group, which owns Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, has teamed with Michigan-based BCubed Manufacturing to create prefabricated drive-thru and walk-up units for both brands. The 650-square-foot units, which will be called “The Qube” at Quiznos and “Baja Shack” at Taco Del Mar, are built off-site and shipped with the plumbing and wiring already […]

Lids’ new store format goes to college

Sports apparel retailer Lids will debut a new retail format called Lids University to focus on selling more NCAA merchandise in college towns. Plans call for 11 of the new stores to open this year with more slated to debut in 2023. Footwear News

95-year-old Long Island, NY hotel sports facelift

The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages on Shelter Island, part of the Hamptons, is one of the oldest hotels on Long Island. Ever since it opened 95 years ago, the property has been a mainstay for vacationers seeking a relaxing getaway with a warm, old-fashioned feel that’s a throwback to another era. Forbes