US. Fraport USA and Nashville International Airport have announced the start of construction of the airport’s new 133,000sq ft retail and food & beverage concessions programme. The first shops and restaurants will commence trading by spring 2020.
As reported, Fraport USA took over management of the retail and F&B concessions programme in February 2019 after winning the Nashville International contract last summer. By the time of completion in 2023, 90 new locations will open.
The spring openings will be “Nashville originals” Bajo Sexto, Pyramids Café, Swett’s Restaurant and The Urban Juicer. Fraport USA also revealed that a total of 50 new stores will be opened by the end of next year including local brands NaSah’s Nail Salon, The Arts District Market, Greetings from Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works.
Other local names set to open in later phases include Country Music Hall of Fame Museum store, Kijiji Coffee House, Peg Leg Porker, Prince’s Hot Chicken and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. They will be joined by national chains including MAC Cosmetics, Shake Shack and Starbucks.
Fraport USA said that it has already executed leases for more than 60 locations, representing more than 66% of the new concessions space.
Alongside shops, restaurants and service outlets, there will be common-use areas for seating and Sense of Place entertainment, allowing passengers to experience the “sounds and feeling of Music City”.
At the construction launch event, Fraport USA President and CEO Ben Zandi said: “Today, we are launching a visible transformation to the retail concessions programme at Nashville International Airport. Our goal is to bring a big, bold taste of Nashville directly to the airport and its millions of visitors. We are thrilled to deliver this iconic programme featuring diverse local operators and showcasing the best of Nashville and its region – alongside popular national brands.”
Nashville International Airport President and CEO Doug Kreulen said: “As passenger traffic continues to increase dramatically at BNA, we have sought to improve the overall airport experience with a new and improved concessions programme.
“In particular, we welcome Fraport’s commitment to a concessions environment that embraces the authentic Nashville culinary scene and draws upon local ownership and participation. We look forward to the full implementation of the new programme as we move forward with our expansion plan at BNA.”
Fraport USA said that it is on track to hit its target of 45% tenant participation from Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE), including a range of small, minority, and woman-owned businesses.
The new retail and F&B concession programme forms part of BNA Vision, which was launched in July 2016. The overall plan includes additional parking garages, a new Concourse D, an expanded central terminal, an expanded security checkpoint, a new international arrivals facility, an airport administration building, hotel and potential transit connections. See the video below for an overview.
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