Midway International seeks RFPs for sole concession operator

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The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a single-entity to lease, develop, manage and operate concessions at Midway International Airport in Chicago, USA. The opportunities include food and beverage, news/convenience, automated vending, specialty retail and duty-free concessions.

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, said, “Midway continues to be one of the fastest growing airports in the nation, with record-breaking passenger traffic in recent years and increased service to more domestic and international destinations. We’re improving the customer’s experience from the moment they leave their door to the moment they board their plane, while helping to grow Midway’s competitive edge and creating more than 1,700 jobs for residents.”

The RFP covers all current concessions space totaling more than 51,300ft² and an additional 18,000ft² of future expansion concessions space. Under the project, concessions areas, stores and restaurants will be renovated and shopping, dining, lounge facilities, spa services, and medical services will be added. The new concession areas will feature the best of Chicago through iconic brands and concepts while providing opportunities for local businesses and residents.

The Midway concessions RFP is the first step in the largest investment plan for Midway International Airport in nearly a decade. The Midway Airport modernization program, valued at roughly US$248m, will include an expansion of the concession facilities, the terminal parking garage and security checkpoints.

Ginger S Evans, commissioner for CDA, said, “This RFP is designed to bring the best and most innovative services and amenities to travelers, and the overall project will significantly enhance the customer experience at Midway.”

The RFP terms require: a US$10m minimum initial capital investment in CDA required projects; the operator to sublet at least 40% of the program; and to achieve 37% Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (ACDBE) participation. The term of the new single entity agreement is 15 years. 

A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for September 17, 2015, from 8:30am until 10:00am at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago. Potential respondents have until December 18, 2015, to submit responses. The CDA anticipates submitting the contract for Chicago City Council approval in the first half of 2016.

To read more about the Midway International Airport RFP please click here.

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