Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
The Port of Seattle is announcing new dining and retail concepts that were selected in a competitive bidding process for locations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new concessions will reflect global tastes while featuring several popular favorites including: bahn mi, burgers, a cocktail bar, ice cream, fresh juice, sushi and salads. The locations will be open to serve the traveling public in the coming years.
The Port is in the middle of a long-term dining and retail redevelopment program in which leases for the majority of the units are expiring over several years, some of which have already been re-leased. More opportunities for interested firms will still be available in the future, including approximately 20 units in the next lease group to be proposed for competitive bid starting this summer. Currently, passengers have 86 dining and retail choices at the airport. That number is expected to grow to more than 135 dining and retail choices upon completion of the redevelopment effort.
“There was more competition and there were more local concepts submitted for these leases than we’ve ever received before,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro. “We’re particularly pleased that so many local minority and small businesses see the benefit of opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport, will create new jobs, and help us share a Pacific Northwest sense of place with our passengers. Remember to check in early and bring your appetite.”
Winning bidders were selected through a rigorous, thorough fair evaluation process with seven rating criteria including background/experience, concept, unit design, financial/rent proposal, management/staffing and operations, job quality/workforce development, and small business participation. The process included observation from external stakeholders and benefitted from lessons learned from previous leasing efforts.
The list of winning bids includes exciting current local businesses as well as new local concepts developed specifically for the airport. The list below highlights specific stores, their concepts and the operating organization.
In addition to the traveling public, Sea-Tac Airport’s dining and retail program benefits businesses, individual workers and local cities. Combined, annual revenue from Sea-Tac concessionaires is about $275 million. Full-time employment in airport dining and retail is up 21 percent since the beginning of redevelopment in 2014. In addition to parking and other taxes, the City of SeaTac collects retail gross sales tax from Sea-Tac’s dining and retail program, benefitting local residents.
The Port of Seattle has set ambitious goals for engagement with small, local and minority businesses. We significantly increased outreach, networking and training programs for potential applicants and provided feedback to businesses that were unsuccessful in their prior bids.
In the past few years, community input has helped the Sea-Tac Airport create more lease opportunities for small business participation. By thinking outside the box on leases and build outs, the Port now offers shorter leases on introductory kiosks to small businesses that are not ready for the capital investment of building out their own space, as well as intermediate kiosks for small businesses that want a customized space without the investment of an entire store. These successful programs create more access points to the airport.
More Details on Sea-Tac Airport’s Dining and Retail Program
Sea-Tac’s award-winning Airport Dining & Retail program focuses on providing the traveling public with shops, restaurants and services that exceed their expectations for customer service, quality, variety, affordability and that reflect a Pacific Northwest sense of place. The program includes popular national brands as well as local favorites to meet a variety of needs and tastes.
The redevelopment of the Airport Dining and Retail (ADR) Program offers an excellent opportunity to advance the Port’s Century Agenda goals by enhancing the Airport’s profile as the preferred gateway to the Pacific Northwest, by promoting job growth, by creating new opportunities for small, local and disadvantaged businesses, and by meeting the expectations of the travelling public for quality food service, retail products, and personal services.
Interested firms can register at our website to be notified about new leasing opportunities as well as training programs about participation in the ADR program at Sea-Tac Airport.
Source:- Port Of Seattle