USA. Fraport USA and Nashville International Airport have unveiled an ambitious concessions programme which will eventually produce 90 new locations embracing food & beverage, retail, passenger services and other amenities.
Over 50% of the brands involved are of a local nature, with the partners seeking to create “a more authentic Nashville experience” at the Tennessee airport, which welcomed over 15.9 million passengers last year.
“Today we celebrate the launch of what will be an iconic concessions programme at Nashville International Airport; one that emphasises participation by local restaurateurs and retailers and includes unprecedented opportunities for small, minority, and woman-owned businesses.” – Fraport USA President and CEO Ben Zandi
The 133,000sq ft programme, which has been designed by LGA Partners, will see an initial investment of US$17.4 million by Fraport USA, with an estimated US$30-40 million of investments from sub-tenants.
Popular Nashville retail and F&B concepts such as Biscuit Love, Prince’s Hot Chicken, ACME Feed and Seed, Tootsies, Slim and Husky’s, Parnassus and Draper James are among the local names which will establish themselves at the airport.
Fraport USA, which has a contract at Nashville International that runs for ten years through to January 2029, said the programme will also bring ‘street pricing’ to the airport. That is an assurance that customers will pay no more for goods at the airport’s concessions than they would at a comparable location.
Future developments to come from Fraport USA’s plans include new food courts, more live performance space and amenities designed to enhance the passenger experience.
Fraport USA President and CEO Ben Zandi said: “We have a vision to bring the heart and soul of the region to the concessions programme at Nashville International Airport. The response has been outstanding.
“After months of planning, recruitment and outreach, including reviews of more than 430 RFP responses, today we celebrate the launch of what will be an iconic concessions programme at Nashville International Airport; one that emphasises participation by local restaurateurs and retailers and includes unprecedented opportunities for small, minority, and woman-owned businesses.”
Nashville International Airport President and CEO Doug Kreulen said: “Fraport is committed to delivering a concessions programme that features a diverse array of local operators who showcase the best of our city and region.
“From the moment our customers enter the terminal or step foot off the plane, they will experience the sights, sounds and flavours that make Music City so distinctive. We can’t wait to get started.”
BNA Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. A. Dexter Samuels said that he welcomed the diverse group of restaurants and retailers “that reflect the quality and innovation that make our city successful and inclusive”.
He added: “I applaud Fraport for their proactive customer-centric approach in helping us reimagine our concession programme and look forward to its resounding success at Nashville International Airport.”
The Fraport USA project is a major component of BNA Vision, the growth and expansion plan for Nashville International Airport which was launched in July 2016. When completed in 2023, the reality of that vision will include additional parking garages, a new Concourse D, an expanded central terminal, an expanded security checkpoint, a new international arrivals facility, an airport administration building, a hotel and potential transit connections.
Aside from Nashville, Fraport USA runs retail and food & beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport , Pittsburgh International Airport and JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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