AUSTRALIA. The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has issued a request for proposals for the operation of a 122sq m ‘Sushi Train’ food & beverage outlet as part of its AU$40 million (US$27.78 million) project to upgrade the Domestic Terminal at Brisbane Airport.

The proposed concept is for a fast service licensed Japanese Sushi Train serving hot and cold traditional cuisine freshly-prepared on site, offering both dine in and takeaway options.

BAC describes the initial five-year lease RFP as a key concession in the second stage of the retail redevelopment in the terminal. This new Japanese food venue will be situated in the departures area on Level 2 in the Central Terminal satellite.

The sushi restaurant location will be complemented with a new retail mix including a travel essentials store (News@BNE) and a new licensed restaurant/cafe (The Lord Lamington).

One of the new sushi restaurant’s near neighbours will be the Lord Lamington F&B outlet.

Helped by 46 incoming and outbound flights a day to Sydney and 35 to Melbourne, BAC stated that F&B retailers are achieving an annual average income in excess of AU$17,500 (US$12,149) per square metre in the terminal.

The sushi concession will be one of more than 50 new retail units, including 16 food & beverage concessions, being completed by the end of 2020 as part of the Domestic Terminal redevelopment.

Graphic showing the locations of the new retail and F&B concessions in the Domestic Terminal. (click to enlarge).

Brisbane, which serves 80 destinations and approximately 17.5 million passengers annually, is Australia’s third largest airport and the primary international and domestic gateway into the state of Queensland. It was voted the Best Airport in Australia/Pacific 2016, 2017 and 2019 in the Skytrax World Airport Awards (and ranked 18th in the World’s Top 100 Airports in 2019).

BAC said the successful respondent to this RFP will deliver “an offer commensurate with this high standard, will exceed our passengers’ expectations, be innovative and unique, as well as providing exceptional customer service”.

More than 50 new retail units are planned for the AU$40 million terminal upgrade.

The closure of the RFP is 4pm AEST, Thursday 1 August 2019. For more information, contact BAC Leasing Manager Kyle Ray at kyle.rae@bne.com.au.

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