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Bait and tackle store opens in New London

A new bait and tackle shop is opening in New London for any fishing enthusiasts.

Branson Palmer officially opened Bait on 8 Friday.

It will be a bait and tackle store with cold beer, Palmer said.

“I’ve always had a love for fishing and I’d love to pass it on to others,” said Palmer.

He grew up fishing on Badin Lake.

For his senior project at Gray Stone Day School, he helped teach young children how to fish.

He grew up helping his parents, David and Shelly Palmer, run the Fast Stop convenience store across the street. His grandparents originally opened the store in 1981.

“I grew up in the business,” Palmer said.

Though his parents will help him, Palmer, 19, will be working at Bait on 8 24/7, he said.

“I wanted to do something a little different and bring something new to the town,” he said. “I want it to be here and last and hopefully I can eventually pass it on.”

Bait on 8 is open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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