Tampa International’s (TPA) Airsides E and A got new concession concepts last week.
Starbucks opened in Airside E, while CNBC News and Ducky’s – a sports lounge that is partially owned by Tampa Bay Rays player Evan Longoria – began operating in Airside A.
“These three newest concessions bring the perfect mix of local flavor, high quality and recognizable brands to Tampa International Airport,” said Joe Lopano, CEO of TPA. “The sleek, attractive design of all three really add to the aesthetics of our airsides and will be popular stops to eat, drink, grab a cup of coffee or a pastry and shop for gifts or magazines.”
CNBC News, which is operated by Paradies Lagardère, is the first news convenience store to open as part of the new concessions program at TPA. Paradies partnered with local bakery, Alessi Bakeries, to offer grab-and-go food items for travelers.
“CNBC is an iconic, internationally known brand that will resonate with travelers visiting the airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.
“The power of this brand is exemplified by the more than 100 CNBC-branded stores in airports around the country, and it’s one of the most recognized and successful airport retail brands in the industry.”
Just across from the CNBC store, Ducky’s will offer a place where passengers can eat, drink and charge their electronic devices while they wait for their flights.
“Given the local popularity of Ducky’s here in Tampa, the SSP America team is confident passengers will find the restaurant a destination in its own right,” said Michael Svagdis, CEO of SSP America. “The menu has universal appeal to suit every type of traveler—from families, to millennials, the business traveler and more.”
The Starbucks in Airside E is the second of five that will open at TPA. HMSHost Corp will operate all of the locations.