Both the concessions contract and the retail contract at the airport had been put out for bids.
Creative Food Group LLC was chosen to provide the food concessions at the airport, and the Hudson Group was tapped for the retail operations, Airports Director Jeff Mulder told the Tulsa Airport Authority and its financing trusts Thursday. Both are based in New Jersey.
Roger Schwandtner, vice president of business development for Creative Food, “is very, very excited to be here.”
He said Creative Food plans a wine bar, which has a growing popularity in airports, and a beer garden, planned for outside the terminal’s secure area.
Mark Rickoff, vice president of business development for the Hudson Group, said the company is “delighted to bring our concepts to Tulsa.”
The firm is a unit of the Swiss-based Dufry Co.
Schwandtner and Rickoff said current employees will be offered jobs with benefits and seniority.
Both companies will receive 10-year contracts. Mulder said the long contracts are awarded because the firms are expected to invest millions of dollars in refurbishing their spaces in both concourses and in the pre-security area.
Formal award of any contracts will be presented to the authority after contractual details are completed.
Two firms sought the retail contract and three the food concessions, Mulder said.
The contracts were previously held by HMS Hosts for food and The Paradies Shops for the retail operations at the terminals.
In other business: Two pending FAA grants totaling $4.6 million were accepted by the authority with contracts awarded if the funds are made available.
A $4 million pending grant is to upgrade Tulsa International’s airfield access control system. Third Generation Electrical Inc. was awarded a contingency contract for up to $4 million.
The second pending grant accepted was for $558,000 for snow-removal equipment.
Airlines boarded 124,618 passengers at Tulsa International during July compared with 129,767 in June and 134,521 a year earlier, said Carl Remus, deputy airports director for finance and administration.
Website: Tulsa World, article By LARRY LEVY TB&LN Correspondent