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23 May 2017

Airport board approves deals with companies for food, retail companies

Food and retail concessions in the Tulsa International Airport passenger terminal are due to get a new look along with new names and new operators next year.

The Hudson Group and Creative Food Group, LLC, both based in New Jersey, were chosen as the new companies to receive 10-year contracts, Jeff Mulder, airports director, told the Tulsa Airport Authority and its financing trusts during its Thursday meeting.

Formal award of any contracts will be presented to the authority for formal action after contractual details are completed.

Mulder said the long contracts are awarded because each company is expected to invest millions of dollars in refurbishing the concession spaces in both concourses and in the pre-security area.

Mark Rickoff, vice president of business development for the Hudson Group, said the company is “delighted to bring our concepts to Tulsa.”

The company, a unit of the Swiss-based Dufry Co., will offer all existing employees of the present terminal retail stores employment with benefits and seniority, he said.

Roger Schwandtner, vice president of business development for Creative Food, “is very, very excited to be here.” He said Creative Foods plans a wine bar, which has a growing popularity and airports, and a beer garden, planned for outside the terminal’s secure area.

Schwandtner also said his company will be offering present employees job with benefits and seniority.

Two firms sought the retail contract and three the food concessions, Mulder said. Contracts were awarded in 2005 to HMS Hosts and The Paradies Shops to operate the food and retail shops, respectively, at the terminal.

Also, an offer presented by Philip Shaw, 15, a Life Scout for Troop 26, to install two picnic tables and benches at Tulsa International’s public observation area at the south end of the main runway was accepted by the authority without dissent.

Shaw said the tables and benches will give people to sit outside and listen to communications between the Federal Aviation Administration control tower and planes.

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 company’s base bid was $2.5 million with options that would raise the total amount. The engineering estimated was $3.9 million. Faith Group, LLC was awarded up to $250,225 in a similar contingency contract for construction management services on the project.

The second pending grant accepted was for $558,000 for snow removal equipment. The airport had hoped to purchase a runway broom-plow combination unit that would make clearing runways faster and replace its 1992 snow blower.

  • A contingency contract of up to $619,498 was awarded M-B Cos., Inc. for a broom-plow combination unit by the authority which also extended formal award by an additional 15 days for further discussions with the FAA. Frank Relja, director of engineering and maintenance, said, “we know there will be no FAA funding” for the snow blower and bids for that purchases were rejected by the authority.
  • 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, (cq) deputy airports director for finance and administration.

 

SOURCE Tulsa Business Legal News.

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