More than 200 retailers and restaurateurs met in Indianapolis last week to learn about the concessions operations proposed at the new Indianapolis International (IND) midfield terminal scheduled to open late next year.
Local and national prospects, including Borders, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ultra Diamonds and Vino Volo, learned about the opportunities available and the process for applying for space in the 55,000 sq. ft. of retail space that will be available in the Civic Plaza and two concourses as part of the $1.1B construction project.
The businesses will vie for about 50 storefront spaces and other kiosk and vending area opportunities, Jerry Wise, assistant project director of finance for the airport, told the Indianapolis Star.
Based on the preliminary discussions, which were as informative as could be expected without a formal document, HDS Retail North America definitely hopes to be a part of IND when the new terminal opens, says Marco DiBernardo, manager of business development.
He was impressed with the layout which he says is well thought out, channeling passengers through a central court and “the architecture and design is definitely top notch,” he says. “They’re doing a bang-up job with the new terminal there. That’s for sure.”
Carla Wytmar, director of development and marketing for Vino Volo wine bar, told ARN the July 12 presentation was well-organized, informative, and beneficial. “Their description of the available concession space was thorough and the discussion of the proposal process and lease agreement was useful and valuable,” she says. “We look forward to the possibility of partnering with IND’s dynamic team and being part of the striking new Indianapolis Airport.”
Contracts for tenants in the existing terminal will expire when it closes. Those companies will go through the same process as those aspiring to enter IND at the same time.
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