Airport retail developer Fraport Tennessee has issued a request for proposals for eight new leasing locations at Nashville International Airport (BNA) totalling 15,642sq ft in Concourse D, which is shortly marked for expansion.
The three food and drink locations, three retail/service locations and two ‘hybrid’ locations will be available for handover with construction starting in February, 2025.
The competitive RFP process opens on 15 August, 2023 with proposals due by the closing date of 12 September, 2023 and by 17:00 central time.
Fraport Tennessee is inviting qualified and interested proposers to a workshop for information on RFP goals, details, proposal submission requirements, and timelines.
New operators are encouraged to attend an in-person or virtual workshop this month. To register or for more information, email [email protected].
‘New Horizon’ expansion phase
The expansion will also feature a new open-air veranda for passengers at the end of the concourse.
The Concourse D extension is part of the airport’s ‘New Horizon’ expansion phase to accommodate growth for up to 35 million passengers and the eight leasing opportunities reflect the increased activity.
The airport marked another record-breaking fiscal year in June 2023, with 21.9m passengers and more non-stop destinations.
The growth has resulted in further airport and facility expansion to meet travel demands and the region’s continuing popularity as a destination, building on its music heritage.
News of the extra locations follows Fraport USA and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority saying a further 14 local concepts would join the concession mix at BNA in 2023/2024.
“We opened 25 more new shops and restaurants during the past 18 months and are thrilled to embark on this next phase of development,” said Fraport Tennessee Vice President Matt Jennings. “Visitors will have more retail and dining choices with Tennessee flair and much more to discover at BNA.”
Design work for the Concourse D extension has already started. The additional terminal area will bring five new gates to the current six, as well as eight concession locations and similar finishes and designs with high ceilings and expansive node areas for travellers.
Fraport USA develops and manages retail concessions programmes at several major US airports, including Nashville, Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, New York JFK Terminal 5 and Newark Terminal B.
The company is also the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage programmes at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK, Nashville International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) Terminal B.
Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide.
Based in Frankfurt, Germany, Fraport is active at some 30 airports on four continents around the world.