LR airport to add restaurant options | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LR airport to add restaurant options

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 11:09 AM

click to enlarge CONCEPT DRAWING: Of Chili's for LR airport.
  • CONCEPT DRAWING: Of Chili's for LR airport.

The $20.6 million concourse renovation of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is anticipated to include the addition of a Chick-fil-A and Chili's restaurants, the airport announced today.

If the plan is approved by the Airport Commission next week, officials said the restaurants could open by the first quarter of 2018. They'd be operated by the airport's current concessions managers, HMSHost and JQ Enterprises.

Remodeling is also planned for Starbucks, Great American Bagel and Burger King outlets.

Plans also call for addition of two new retail outlets, as yet unnamed. Jim Dailey, Commission chairman, said in a prepared release that the addition of four national brands is significant because it "h isn’t typical for an airport of our size.” Hudson Group and its partner Newburns Management will operate the new retailers.

An airport release said both the concessions and retail agreements with HMSHost and Hudson, due to expire in 2018, will be extended to 2028 and both will add one more disadvantaged business enterprise partner to the existing one each has. That could open the door again for some local minority partners, a source of some controversy over the years. Host and Hudson will make the choice of new partners. The minority percentage will remain at 30 percent of the operation, split between two rather than one minority partner.

UPDATE: Chili's will take over the space now known as Ouachita Landing, next to the food court. Quizno's will depart the food court and Whole Hog barbecue will leave the food court to become a featured offering at the River Bend restaurant before the security checkpoint. Burger King will remain in the food court. The restaurant work will cost $3.5 million, with $500,000 coming from the airport.

Hudson will remodel its existing gift shop and open a new one immediately after the security checkpoint as well as a kiosk farther down the concourse. That will cost $1.2 million. An existing bookstore next to Starbucks on the concourse will close.

click to enlarge unnamed.jpg

Tags: , , ,


Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Presidential thriller, co-author Bill Clinton, coming to bookstores in 2018

    June 2018 is the expected publication date for a novel collaboration by former President Bill Clinton and crime writer James Patterson.
    • May 9, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation