Contracts to be issued at new Metro terminal

Restaurants and stores are planned


Oct. 25--Borders, Brookstone and McDonald's are among the companies to be awarded concessions contracts at the new North Terminal at Metro Airport, slated to open in September 2008.

Airport officials declined discussing details of the contracts, and some retailers and eateries will remain under wraps until the Wayne County Airport Authority board officially approves the deals today.

Borders and Brookstone will be awarded 5-year contracts. Most food and beverage companies, such as McDonald's and a Coney Island, will be awarded 7-year contracts.

All agreements will have renewal options.

Other retailers to be awarded contracts are:

--HDS & Partners at DTW LLC will open a news, gift and gourmet coffee retail store.

--Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services Inc. will operate a traveler's retail marketplace.

--Duty Free Americas Detroit North LLC will open a duty-free shop.

--XpresSpa Detroit Airport LLC will offer lifestyle and spa merchandise.

The airport would not disclose the names of all the companies receiving contracts but offered descriptions for eight food and beverage contracts to be awarded.

They include two European-style delis and a nationally branded sports bar.

The airport authority is also approving new concessions contracts for the McNamara Terminal to Taste Inc., which will operate a wine shop in Concourse A of the McNamara Terminal.

The planned 26-gate facility will be about 824,000 square feet and will house a number of airlines including American, Spirit, Southwest and US Airways.

Contact MARGARITA BAUZA at 313-222-6823 or mbauza@freepress.com

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