Preferred boosts portfolio with 19 acquisitions worldwide

Nineteen new properties have joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts since April 1, with locations in several U.S. states along with Anguilla, France, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Portugal. Among the US additions are Virgin Hotels in Chicago, Dallas Nashville, Tennessee and New Orleans. TravelPulse

Shopping mall will enhance Fontainebleau casino-hotel

Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a new property scheduled to open in late 2023, will feature a two-story shopping center with 35 luxury stores. The site will also encompass a casino, 550,000-square-foot convention center and a 3,700-room hotel. Robb Report

Uno Pizzeria signs up hotels as franchisees

Three hotels have signed up for Uno Pizzeria & Grill’s new franchising opportunity, which allows hotels to convert existing space into a Uno unit. The company is also offering a franchise model that mimics the design of the original Uno Pizzeria restaurant in Chicago. FSR magazine

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