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This Company Is Rolling Out Covid Test Vending Machines In Airports, Hotels, Subways And More


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|Feb 1, 2021 @ 09:14am EST – Suzanne Rowan Kelleher Forbes Staff

You can now buy a Covid-19 test just like you would a can of Coke or a bag of M&M’s. | WELLNESS 4 HUMANITY

You can now buy a Covid-19 test at Oakland International Airport just like you would a can of Coke or a bag of M&M’s. For less than a week, black-and-white vending machines in each of the airport’s terminals have been dispensing RT-PCR saliva tests that have been approved under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

For travelers, this is good timing. Right now, airline passengers are not required to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a domestic flight, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is apparently considering it. “We are actively looking at it,” said Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, on a call with reporters last week.

Wellness 4 Humanity, the company behind the DIY-test vending machines, is currently in discussions with other major airports across the country, including at Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania. The company also has partnerships with Marriott, IHG Hotels & Resorts and a slew of other organizations, including professional sports teams like the Atlanta Hawks.

Like many U.S. airports, Oakland airport has been offering curbside testing for several months. “We realized that travelers are going through a tough time right now, especially as we all navigate this COVID pandemic,” an Oakland airport spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. “We wanted to give travelers another option for testing.”

For Wellness 4 Humanity, the goal is to roll out 1,000 of its “automated stores,” also known as vending machines, throughout the U.S. in the coming months. Future locations will include subway stations, entertainment venues and more hotels and airports, as well as college campuses, grocery stores, and shopping malls.

“These vending machines are a significant milestone in helping to provide Americans with easier access to fast, highly accurate Covid-19 testing,” said Lian Nguyen Pham, CEO and co-founder of Wellness 4 Humanity. “We’ve seen similar vending machines placed in highly populated, highly trafficked areas of Hong Kong and the United Kingdom to help contain the spread of the virus and, given the surge in cases the U.S. is currently experiencing, we hope to roll out our vending machines as soon as possible.”

Wellness 4 Humanity’s vending machines make the tests available through contactless purchase and payment on a mobile device.

As of now, the vending machines sell only a saliva RT-PCR test kit, which requires sending your sample to a partner lab using a prepaid FedEx shipping label. Customers receive their results within 48 hours with 99% accuracy. Results are sent to customers via the TRUSTPASS app. The saliva test sells for about $150.

At a later date, a slightly cheaper rapid antigen test kit will also be available. The antigen test sells for about $120 and provides results in just 15 minutes, with no shipping, lab work or app download required. Wellness 4 Humanity says this test has 97.4% accuracy and 100% specificity, meaning false negatives are unlikely.

The testing kit vending machines were developed in partnership with San Francisco-based Swyft, Inc., a software and technology services company that works with retailers and brands. Swyft had previously partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to place PPE-dispensing vending machines in 10 subway stations throughout the city. Other major clients include CVS Pharmacy, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy.

Wellness 4 Humanity says travelers can soon expect to see these vending machines popping up in major cities across the U.S., from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Boston and Dallas.

Starting this week, for example, New York City residents and visitors will be able to buy Covid tests out of two vending machines at a brick-and-mortar Wellness 4 Humanity location in at 225 West 34th Street in midtown Manhattan, just a block from Penn Station.

If your local airport, train station or hotel wants a vending machine, $15,000 buys a six-month lease, including delivery, set up, software integration, and full stocking of the vending machine with the test kits.

But be prepared to take a number, though. According to Wellness 4 Humanity’s website, the vending machines are currently sold out.

Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux Now Open at Grandcape in The Colony

Congrats to Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux on the opening of their newest location in The Colony!

Walk On’s 39th location is now open!

GRANDSCAPE – THE COLONY
5774 Grandscape Boulevard
The Colony, TX 75056



about Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux:

Based in Baton Rouge, La., Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux was founded by Brandon Landry, a former walk-on basketball player at Louisiana State University and is co-owned by New Orleans Saints superstar Drew Brees. Leaning on the true spirit of a walk-on and building a winning culture, the brand is rapidly expanding across the United States with 39 locations currently open and operating and over 150 in development. Its Louisiana-inspired menu combines food and drinks made from scratch, daily. Walk-On’s All-American team serves up a game day experience in a fun, welcoming family-friendly atmosphere that ensures every guest is a winner.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux’s diverse menu continues offer unique twists on game day staples – such as the Smoked Gouda Turkey Burger, Boom Boom Shrimp PoBoy, and Cajundillas, in addition to upscale takes on Louisiana mainstays – such as Crawfish Two Ways, Mardi Gras Mahi, and Duck and Andouille Gumbo. Its innovative menu provides vast and flavorful dishes for every guest.

Other locations:

Alabama (3) // Arkansas (2) // Florida (2 + 5 coming soon) // Louisiana (18) // Mississippi (1) // North Carolina (1) // South Carolina (1) // Texas (11 + 6 coming soon)


For more information please contact:
Tucker Szybala
​​(972) 404-7002 [direct]tucker@falconcompanies.com

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux Now Open in Texarkana!

Congrats to Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux on the opening of their newest location in Texarkana!

Walk On’s 35th location is now open:

WALK-ON’S – TEXARKANA
5209 W Park Boulevard
Texarkana, TX 75503
(903) 716-6203



about Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux:

Based in Baton Rouge, La., Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux was founded in 2003 by Brandon Landry, a former walk-on basketball player at Louisiana State University. Leaning on the true spirit of a walk-on and building a winning culture, the brand is rapidly expanding across the United States with 35 locations currently open and operating and over 150 in development. Its Louisiana-inspired menu combines food and drinks made from scratch, daily. Walk-On’s All-American team serves up a game day experience in a fun, welcoming family-friendly atmosphere that ensures every guest is a winner.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux’s diverse menu continues offer unique twists on game day staples – such as the Smoked Gouda Turkey Burger, Boom Boom Shrimp PoBoy, and Cajundillas, in addition to upscale takes on Louisiana mainstays – such as Crawfish Two Ways, Mardi Gras Mahi, and Duck and Andouille Gumbo. Its innovative menu provides vast and flavorful dishes for every guest.

Other locations:

Alabama (3) // Arkansas (1 + 1 coming soon) // Florida (2 + 4 coming soon) // Louisiana (18) // Mississippi (1) // North Carolina (1) // South Carolina (1 coming soon) // Texas (9 + 8 coming soon)


For more information please contact:
Tucker Szybala
​​(972) 404-7002 [direct]tucker@falconcompanies.com

Red Circle Ice Cream Now Open in Pearland, TX!

Congrats to Red Circle Ice Cream on the opening of their newest location in Pearland!

Red Circle Ice Cream is now open at their newest location:

RED CIRCLE – PEARLAND
8201 Broadway St, Suite 131
Pearland, Texas 77581



about Red Circle Ice Cream:

Red Circle Ice Cream first humbly opened its doors in August of 2017, in Houston, Texas. The name sounds simple, but there is actually a deeper meaning. In the Asian culture, the color red signifies good luck, good fortune. A circle represents a sense of continuity and infinity. When you combine both aspects, what our name really gives you is “continuous luck and fortune”. 

 

Eat Ice Cream. Live Happy. This is our motto.  We feel there’s nothing that brings more people together and is more universally enjoyed than ice cream! Located in the heart of The International District, our goal is to create delicious and memorable desserts in a fun, modern, diverse, and family-oriented atmosphere for people of all cultures to come and experience!

As Red Circle Ice Cream continues to grow in popularity, our team is committed to maintaining a positive environment where fans can come with their friends and family to enjoy our unique desserts!

Other locations:

6838 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX 77036


For more information please contact:
Sean Lockovich
​​(972) 866-4998 direct
seanl@falconcompanies.com

The Biscuit Bar opens their 3rd DFW location!

Congrats to The Biscuit Bar on the opening of their 3rd DFW location in Deep Ellum at The Epic!

The Biscuit Bar is now open at their newest location in DFW:

THE EPIC – DEEP ELLUM
2550 Pacific Ave, Ste 150, Dallas, TX

This is their 3rd location in the DFW area with more coming soon!



about The Biscuit Bar:

The Biscuit Bar is an approachable, fast casual restaurant serving up Southern goodness on a biscuit! We are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late nights offering biscuits, tots and taps. Our menu features an assortment of savory and sweet biscuit sandwiches made from scratch, in house, daily. Guests can also accompany their biscuit sandwich with tots styled to personal taste and tipple on a craft cocktail, locally sourced brew, cold brew coffee or kombucha, all offered on tap!

Other locations:

The Boardwalk at Granite Park: 5880 TX-121, Ste 102B, Plano, TX
SMU / University Park: 6501 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX


For more information please contact:

Jacquie Stone​
​​(972) 449-0516 direct
​jstone@falconcompanies.com

Now Open! First Watch Has 5 New DFW Locations

Congrats to FIRST WATCH on the opening of FIVE new DFW area locations!

new locations now open at:

• Lake Highlands @ Walnut Hill & Skillman
• Medallion @ Northwest Hwy & Abrams
• McKinney South @ Custer & Eldorado
• McKinney West @ Hwy 380 & Hardin
• Glade Road @ 1230 Red River Dr



about First Watch:

First Watch is the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with more than 350 restaurants in 28 states specializing in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch.

A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, and unique specialty items like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga.


For more information please contact:
Jacquie Stone​Michael Walters
​​(972) 449-0516 direct
​jstone@falconcompanies.com
​(214) 206-4063 direct ​
mwalters@falconcompanies.com

HOTWORX Now Open on McKinney Avenue in Dallas, TX!

Congratulations to HOTWORX on the opening of their 13th DFW area location!
HOTWORX – Uptown: 2808 McKinney Ave, Suite 109 – Dallas, TX

For more information, please reach out to Sean Lockovich:
• (972) 866‑4998


about HOTWORX:

HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program created for users to experience the many benefits of infrared heat absorption, while completing a 30-minute isometric workout or 15-min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contraction. The results our users achieve make HOTWORX one of the most efficient 30-minute workout programs in the fitness and beauty industry today! 

Falcon Realty Advisors Opens Austin Office (Texas Business TV)

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Texas Business TV features the opening of Falcon Realty Advisors’ newest office in Austin, Texas. The new location, headed by Travis Heinrichs, will serve as an extension of the headquarters in Dallas.

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People on the Move: Travis Heinrichs (Dallas Business Journal)

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Dallas Business Journal has featured Travis Heinrichs in its “People on the Move” segment. Heinrichs, former Director of Investments, will now be heading Falcon’s new Austin office as Director.

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Travis Heinrichs, Director of Falcon’s Austin Office: It’s Not Just About Money, It’s About Improving the City (Commercial Property Executive)

commercial property executive

Commercial Property Executive features a Q&A session with Travis Heinrichs, director of Falcon’s new Austin office. Heinrichs talks about Falcon’s expansion into Central Texas and different trends in commercial real estate.

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People on the Move: Travis Heinrichs (Austin Business Journal)

austin business journal

Austin Business Journal has featured Travis Heinrichs in its “People on the Move” segment. Heinrichs, former Director of Investments, will now be heading Falcon’s new Austin office as Director.

Click here to read more.

Travis Heinrichs to Lead Falcon’s New Office in Austin (Commercial Property Executive)

commercial property executive

Commercial Property Executive highlights Falcon’s new office in Austin and Travis Heinrichs’ role as director.

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