Tampa, Fla. – Tampa International Airport today celebrated the grand opening of eight new shops and restaurants – the most since the airport’s concessions redevelopment program began in 2016.
The new concepts include New York New York Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Burger 21, Shades of Time and Dylan’s Candy Bar on Airside A; SPANX, The Body Shop and News Channel 8 opened on Airside C.
“These new shops and restaurants reflect the local flavor and feel of the Tampa Bay region while also providing passengers access to a wide-range of prominent national and international brands,” said TPA’s Vice President of Airport Concessions Laurie Noyes. “These eight new options are a great addition to the Airport’s growing concessions program and will hopefully be enjoyed for years to come by our passengers.”
SPANX, The Body Shop and News Channel 8 are located just past security on Airside C and are operated by concessionaire Paradies Lagardère. SPANX is a popular brand of shapeware and body-enhancing clothing while Body Shop offers customers unique body care products aimed at enhancing their travelling experience. News Channel 8 is a convenience store featuring grab-and-go food delivered by local icon, Alessi Bakery.
Paradies Lagardère also celebrated two openings on Airside A: Dylan’s Candy Bar, a colorful candy store founded by Dylan Lauren, the daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, and Shades of Time, a purveyor of fashionable and contemporary time pieces, watches, pens and eyewear.
“Paradies Lagardère is excited to continue to introduce iconic shops to the travelers at Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “Dylan’s Candy Bar will bring a smile to everyone’s face with a sweet treat; SPANX will help travelers feel good about themselves with innovative shape wear, clothing and active wear offerings, while Shades of Time provides a fun Fashion Fix; The Body Shop will provide naturally-inspired beauty products; and WFLA News Channel 8 will not only satisfy the need for local Tampa regional news, a snack or beverage, but travel basics as well. We look forward to introducing more concepts to the airport, including PGA TOUR and The Runway.”
TPA Hospitality Partners is bringing some local flavor – and delicious pizza – to Airside A with the addition of New York New York Pizza, a staple in the Tampa Bay community.
“I am thrilled to have Freddy’s passion and pizza here at TPA! New York New York is a local pizzeria that brings classic New York style to the Bay area. Guests will know that the recipes are the real deal and the pizza is tossed right here when they bite into a slice. We are proud to bring more of what makes Tampa Bay a great destination to the airport,” said Maryann Ferenc with TPA Hospitality.
HMS Host cut the ribbon on Burger 21, a popular burger joint created by the locally-based Melting Pot company. The restaurant’s menu will feature a changing component based on favorites at their street-side locations.
“HMSHost is very excited about opening Burger 21 in Tampa International Airport and we thank the airport for the opportunity to serve travelers these craveable burger creations,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price. “Burger 21 is a local brand so our Airside A guests will not only enjoy a great dining experience, they get a true taste of Tampa.”
Rounding out the Airside A food court is Chick-fil-A.
“HBF Tampa Partners is pleased to be a part of the renovation of Tampa International Airport and very excited to bring Chick-fil-A to the passengers and employees of Terminal A,” said Zakery Thamert, Executive Vice President of QSR for Hojeij Branded Foods.
These new concessions options bring the Airport’s total number of new concessions up to 43.
The concessions redevelopment program includes a wider variety of choices than ever before, including more local brands. Roughly 40 percent of the food and beverage options are local, featuring such staples as Columbia, Cigar City, Four Green Fields, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place. Participation in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) also increased to 14, bringing more woman- and minority-owned business to TPA.