Tampa International Airport releases first look at new concessions packages

Published on : Saturday, April 5, 2014

tampa-international-airport-logoTampa International Airport on Thursday announced its redeveloped concessions program will allow vendors to bid on 13 different food and beverage, retail,
service and duty-free packages.

The solicitation process begins in July for the program that is worth about $1.3
billion in gross sales over 10 years. The contract with the airport’s existing sole
concessionaire, which dates back to the opening of the terminal in 1971, expires in
2015. Plans call for making contracts available to multiple operators, a concessions
model that has become popular among large airports in recent years.

The new program calls for six food and beverage packages that range in size
from three to 11 units, or businesses, located in various areas of the terminal and
airsides. Four retail packages include three to 14 units, also located in a mix of terminal
and airside locations. Two service packages, which could include nail salons, barber
shops and spas, will have four to five units each, located in each of the airside
terminals. There will also be one duty-free package with two units.

“Our new concessions program is designed to provide the best mix of
restaurants, shops, bars and services throughout the Airport that best serve our
passengers’ needs,” said Bhavesh Patel, Director of Concessions at Tampa
International Airport. “This is the first time in more than 40 years that we have embarked
on redeveloping our entire Airport Concessions Program, and we plan to introduce new
concepts and offerings that will both reflect the spirit of Tampa Bay and create a
memorable dining and shopping experience for our customers.”

Tampa International Airport will begin soliciting competitive proposals this
summer and awarding contracts in 2015. By the end of 2015, airport visitors will begin
to see new storefronts and restaurants opening, with all new businesses in place by


The airport has been conducting a series of workshops covering the basics of
operating a business in an airport environment, minority and small business
requirements, and the solicitation process. The next and last workshop will be held April
16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater from 9 a.m. until noon, and again on April 17 at
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Ybor City from 9 a.m. until noon.



Source:- Tampa Airport


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