Successful proposers who will operate retail venues in the McNamara Terminal as part of the new program include Bethesda, Md.-based Host International, Atlanta-based The Paradies Shops, Toronto, Canada-based HDS & Partners (LS Travel Retail), and direct operators Brookstone of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Be Relax based in Paris, France.
The new retail contracts approved today by the Airport Authority Board will be phased-in over the next year in order to ensure some concessions remain open for customers throughout the transition. Additionally, several newly-added retail stores in the Terminal—L’Occitane, Swarovski, Solar Shades, Croc’s, Vino Volo and the terminal’s two Duty Free Americas stores—as well as the retail concessions located in the Terminal’s Concourse C (which opened in 2005), are not affected by today’s decision and will remain as part of the new retail program.
The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive any tax dollars to support airport operations, making revenue from sources such as concessions critical to supporting the airport as key regional asset. The new retail program approved today is expected to return $7.7M to the Airport Authority in its first full year of operation – a 16.9% increase over the current program – and more than $62M over the seven year terms of the contracts.
A complete list of the new retail concepts in the program approved today is attached and available at www.metroairport.com.
About Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Having welcomed more than 32.4 million passengers in 2011, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is Michigan’s busiest airport and one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 11 scheduled passenger airlines and three scheduled cargo carriers, DTW offers more than 1200 flights per day to and from nearly 150 destinations on four continents. In 2010, DTW ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among large airports in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airport Satisfaction Study. With two new, state-of-the-art passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. DTW is operated by Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport—an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility. The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive any tax dollars to support airport operations. For more information about Metro Detroit’s airports, visit www.metroairport.com.
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