Airport Wins North American Award for Spicing-up Concessions
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) named Memphis International Airport as the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence winner in the 2006 Airport Concessions Contest.
This award is the highest award an airport can receive for its concession program. Memphis International's Concourse B was selected as "Best Overall" among all airports. In addition, the food and beverage program received a first place award, and the retail specialty program won a second place award. According to one of the award judges, "The essence of Memphis is truly captured in the overall design… I would find it hard to even leave the airport. Great job."
More than 50 airports throughout the United States and Canada entered the contest. Airports were judged on the mix of concessions, design, passenger flow, price, and the program's revenue performance.
"When we decided to renovate our concessions, we knew we wanted to showcase Memphis through food, retail, artwork and music," said Larry Cox, president and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. 'We are very proud to receive this award because our concessions have truly captured the essence of Memphis. Travelers now experience Memphis without ever leaving the Airport."
The new concessions were designed to be Memphis-centric and feature local favorites such as Interstate BBQ, Back Yard Burgers, Lenny's, Corky's, Grisanti's Bol a Pasta, Sun Studio, The Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum and Elvis Presley Enterprises. In addition to the well-known Memphis names, the airport boasts new major brands and Memphis-themed restaurants such as Varsity Grill (which includes menu items from Folk's Folly and Huey's), Blue Note Café, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks, Arby's, CNBC News and Hudson News.
These awards reiterated what thousands of passengers traveling through Memphis International already know – when it comes to concessions, Memphis is soaring high above the rest!