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Fraport USA this month begins construction of its new retail concessions program at Nashville International Airport (BNA) that will include more than 133,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and service outlets, as well as common-use areas for seating and entertainment.

The first new shops in Fraport USA’s innovative program will open in spring 2020 at BNA, and by the time all construction is done in 2023 more than 90 new shops and other amenities will be available for airport travelers. Fraport USA took over management of the BNA retail concessions program in February 2019, after winning the contract the year earlier.

“Our goal is to bring a big, bold taste of Nashville directly to the airport and its millions of visitors,” says Ben Zandi, Fraport USA president and CEO at the event marking the beginning of construction. “We are thrilled to deliver this iconic program featuring diverse local operators and showcasing the best of Nashville and its region – alongside popular national brands.”

Among the first new offerings in the Fraport BNA program will be Bajo Sexto, Pyramids Café, Swett’s Restaurant, and The Urban Juicer. A total of some 50 stores will be opened in 2020, including NaSah’s Nail Salon, The Arts District Market, Greetings from Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works.

Other offerings at BNA will be local brands such as the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum store, Kijiji Coffee House, Peg Leg Porker, Prince’s Hot Chicken, and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, and national names such as MAC Cosmetics, Shake Shack, and Starbucks Reserve.

“As passenger traffic continues to increase dramatically at BNA, we have sought to improve the overall airport experience with a new and improved concessions program,” says Doug Kreulen, BNA president and CEO. “In particular, we welcome Fraport’s commitment to a concessions environment that embraces the authentic Nashville culinary scene and draws upon local ownership and participation.”