Holiday expenses; New Chick-fil-A; Service to caring seniors; Owner of Lake Air Mall

The National Retail Federation is optimistic about holiday spending, according to its annual forecast. It says retail sales in November and December will rise between 6% and 8% year-over-year, peaking at $960 billion. Vacation sales have grown an average of 4.9% per year over the past 10 years.

“As consumers feel the pressure of inflation and rising prices, and although there is continued stratification with consumer spending and household behavior at different income levels, consumers remain resilient and continue to engage in trade,” said federation president and CEO Matthew Shay. A press release.

He said Americans would continue a positive holiday season by dipping into savings and using credit to get through tough times.

Retailers will hire between 450,000 and 600,000 seasonal workers, the organization reported.

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Main event catering options

Main Event, the arcade-arama near Creekview Drive and Interstate 35, has upped the ante in its quest for customers, opening “Family Kitchen” on-site to offer 50 options. A Main Event press release says the new restaurant offers “artisanal, flavorful, high-quality dishes” comparable to top local restaurants. Seems like a challenge to me.

Highlights include the Triple Lava Burger “made from three hand-crushed patties topped with American cheese, then smothered in cheese sauce and finished with caramelized onions,” the press release says.

The PBB&J Burger features peanut butter, blueberry jam, American cheese and crispy bacon on two hand-crushed burger patties. Then there’s the crispy chicken sandwich, which the press release describes as “24-hour pickled buttermilk.” Mega Pan Pepperoni Pizza features a five cheese blend topped with pepperoni, tomato sauce, garlic butter and a crispy crust.

On the sweet side, “Family Kitchen” serves Mini Mason Jar cheesecakes, with options like Oreo cookies, caramel apples, and chocolate hazelnuts.

Bellmead Chick-fil-A

Plans to build a Chick-fil-A at North Loop 340 and Interstate 35 frontage road at Bellmead, next to American Bank, circle Bellmead City Hall, officials have confirmed. responsible.

This intersection has undergone quite a transformation, with American Bank razing its iconic round bank and replacing it with a smaller model with efficiencies, and a partially rounded facade and other design features meant to harken back to its predecessor. The round bank, an architectural curiosity, opened in 1979. Some scenes from “The Old Man and The Gun”, a film starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, were filmed here. Redford’s character stole the place.

Caring Seniors Service

A husband and wife team of physical therapists, Dustin and Rebecca Rauch, opened a caring senior services center in Waco, the 17th in Texas.

Caring Senior Service, based in San Antonio, is a non-medical home care provider. The offices provide assistance to the elderly and people with disabilities with daily tasks such as bathing, running errands and preparing meals, according to a press release. The company was founded in 1991 and began franchising in 2002. It has over 50 locations across the United States.

Founder Jeff Salter in 2021 sought to raise awareness of often overlooked aspects of senior care, including home modifications, by riding an e-bike more than 9,000 miles to every Caring Senior Service location.

“Our background in treating complex and chronic pain as physical therapists and my personal experience working with my mother’s caregiver made investing in Caring Senior Service a natural progression for us,” Dustin Rauch said in the press release. “We wanted to help seniors in our community stay healthy, happy and at home. Keeping older people out of a skilled nursing facility or other institutional setting is a goal my wife and I share. »

Their Waco office is at 1227 N. Valley Mills Drive.

New Owner of Lake Air Mall

Houston-based Property Commerce Dividend Fund bought the Target-anchored Lake Air Mall at Wooded Acres Drive and Bosque Boulevard, as well as the Lake Air Court shopping strip across from Target.

Clay Fuller, along with Coldwell Banker Jim Stewart Realtors Commercial, brokered the deal. Laura Keller, asset manager at the buyer, said via email that her team and Fuller “will work to attract new tenants that match our existing users to provide a broad and comprehensive range of goods and services to our With Target as our anchor and the newly renovated HEB across the street, this property presented a great opportunity for our investors to enter the Waco market.

Bitty & Beau’s Birthday

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is celebrating one year in Waco with a two-day anniversary celebration November 12-13. and a smile that will last all day,” according to a press release.

Located on Franklin Avenue near University Parks Drive, Bitty & Beau’s presents itself as a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop. Its locations are run primarily by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We created Bitty & Beau’s Coffee to show the world that people with disabilities should be valued, accepted and included in society, especially in the workplace,” founder Amy Wright said in a press release. “It’s a place where diversity isn’t just appreciated, it’s celebrated.”