Outdoor fans, listen up. Cabela’s will open its new 42,000-square-foot Outpost store in Waco on Oct. 30, the company announced. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m., and the doors will open at 11 a.m.

Cabela’s Inc., which features hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, chose Waco for a smaller prototype it will place in midsize markets. It is located in Central Texas Marketplace, Interstate 35 and State Highway 6, and will employ about 100 people.

“Opening day will kick off a weekend-long celebration highlighted by celebrity appearances, family events, giveaways and more,” the Nebraska-based company said in a news release.

Cabela’s operates 47 stores in North America, including three in the Texas cities of Fort Worth, Buda and Allen.

Cabela’s next summer will place an Outpost store in Lubbock, one of 17 new locations planned for the next two years.

The Waco outlet will carry most company products, but also will have kiosks where customers can place online orders and pick up their gear later at the store of their choice. It also will feature a “Core-Flex” floor plan that allows products to be rotated seasonally.

Store layaways

H-E-B is getting into the layaway business.

As its stores carry more general merchandise in addition to food items, the chain has launched “Layaway Today” in all Plus! stores statewide. That includes the new 121,000-square-foot location at South Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35, as well as the outlet on Hewitt Drive.

The program begins Sunday and lasts until Dec. 13 to serve shoppers buying items for the holidays.

“As we expand our product offerings in electronics, toys and small appliances, this layaway program is another way we can offer families more value and, in turn, more savings,” Bill Anderson, H-E-B group vice president of general merchandise, said in a news release.

The minimum purchase price is $50, with each item having at least a $15 value, and H-E-B requires a down payment of either $10 or 10 percent of the total purchase.

Each store will have a special layaway area, located in the electronics department, with employees assigned to the process. Customers who place items in layaway can sign up to receive payment reminders via text messages.

Wendy’s remodeling

The Wendy’s restaurant on South Fifth Street was a complete building one day recently, but missing the dining room the next.

Work crews arrived in a hurry to begin a remodeling project that reportedly will last until Oct. 2. An employee said Saturday the drive-thru window will remain open another week or so, then operations will cease during the stretch run of the makeover.

He said the amount of seating will remain about the same, but the eatery will get the chain’s updated look.

Balcones tours

Waco-based Balcones Distillery has surprised the whisky world with its award-winning product line that has created a cult following. Liquor stores struggle to keep its products on their shelves, prompting the company to make plans to expand production by relocating to the old Fireproof Storage building in downtown Waco.

On Monday, the company will offer public tours of its distillery at 212 S. 17th St., and for the first time will sell one bottle of whisky to anyone who pays $15 for a ticket to take the tour.

Available for purchase will be limited quantities of Baby Blue ($47.50), Brimstone ($57.50) and Single Malt ($67.50).

Tours will start every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those with tickets, and Balcones has sent invitations and ticket-ordering options to individuals likely to respond.

Visitors without tickets can take a tour between 4 and 5 p.m. Sales will continue until supplies run out.

Visitors must be at least 21 years old, with a valid ID.

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