The Atlanta City Council has approved new, 10-year contracts with Areas USA and Delaware North, and their partners, to operate concessions at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens had not signed off on the deals at press time.
Areas USA was awarded the right award of a contract to operate four restaurants, plus a Starbucks, and two retail stores at ATL’s Concourses C, E and F. Areas partnered with Landrea Murray, managing member of Shellis Management Services and Shawnalea Garvin, president of AETC Aviation Management Group who together bring five decades of hospitality experience to the project.
“We are excited to continue growing our footprint at Hartsfield-Jackson and are eager to introduce the incredible local brands we have carefully curated to showcase the best of Atlanta,” says Carlos Bernal, CEO of Areas. “Our program will deliver an authentic, culinary-driven, local experience inspired by the heritage and heart of this great city.”
Areas’ new locations are slated to open in various stages starting in late 2024 and completing in the Spring of 2025.
The restaurant lineup from Areas includes Duff’s Market, a market-style dining experience with Chef Duff Goldman, focusing on baked goods and innovative dessert-themed cocktails; Old Fourth Distillery + Kitchen: featuring hand-crafted libations to complement a chef-driven menu; .Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles: presented by famed partners Crystal Smith and Ne-Yo, as well as Karlie Redd from VH1’s Love n’ Hip Hop, and offering crispy fried chicken, seasoned and sauced atop fluffy decadent waffles; Starbucks and strEAT, offering coffee and locally-inspired fare; and Citizen’s Culinary Market, a food hall featuring food from local restaurant icons along with a bar program featuring local producers.
On the retail side, Areas will open the ATL Community Market, a destination shopping experience featuring locally handcrafted gifts as well as conveniences and a technology efficient checkout; and On Your Way (Powered by Mastercard), an autonomous retail shopping option.
Delaware North was selected as the winner of a package comprised of five food and beverage opportunities that will be available on Concourse B, including a fast casual restaurant, two coffee concepts, a casual dining restaurant, and a bar with food options. Delaware North declined to share details on the new offerings pending the contract approval of Mayor Dickens.