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Concessions contracts move forward
By Amy Schneider

Following a marathon session on January 3, the Atlanta City Council approved Hartsfield-Jackson’s recommended concessions contracts by a 12-3 vote.

The approval clears the way for 126 food and beverage locations and 24 retail locations to begin working toward opening. It also was a key decision to ensure that the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal will have a full range of dining and shopping options when it opens this spring.

“We are pleased that our new concessions program has been approved, and we can move forward in providing our customers with an exciting array of new dining and retail options in the coming months,” said Louis Miller, Aviation general manager. “The main level of the international terminal will showcase a specialty retail collection of world-class fashion and accessory brands, while the upper level will feature a food and beverage complex, including a food court, a full-scale sit-down restaurant and a sleek, futuristic tapas bar.”

Many of the new restaurants in the approved packages are among Atlanta’s most famous eateries — including The Varsity, Shane’s Rib Shack and The Pecan — and many of them are new to the Airport.

“The new food and beverage program at Hartsfield-Jackson will offer our travelers many new and exciting dining options while showcasing an array of familiar Atlanta and Southeastern-based restaurants and eateries,” Miller said. “The food courts will be redesigned using colors, natural light and innovative textures to capture the look, feel and spirit of our city and region.”

The City Council vote was the culmination of a more than yearlong process to evaluate and select concessionaires. Several meetings and information sessions were held for potential vendors, and a panel of Hartsfield-Jackson employees evaluated the responses to requests for proposals (RFPs).

The panel submitted its recommendations to the council’s Transportation Committee in December, which voted to pass them along to the full council for approval.

This artist’s rendering shows La Madeleine and Atlanta ChopHouse in the Airport Atrium.

This artist’s rendering shows La Madeleine and Atlanta ChopHouse in the Airport Atrium.

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