OIA seeks south terminal eateries; shares details about new stores

International will begin searching for the concessionaires at its new $2.15 billion south terminal, while also locking down the theme park retail stores planned to go there.

The airport will release the first advertisement for food and beverage concessionaires on Dec. 28 for more than 30,000 square feet of food and beverage space.

Meanwhile, the airport is already in talks with Walt Disney WorldUniversal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex about having shops there, said airport officials during the Dec. 20 Greater Orlando Aviation Authority meeting.

The south terminal will have more than 61,000 square feet of overall retail space. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Nineteen total food and beverage spaces (30,678 square feet)
  • Three theme retail spaces (17,902 square feet)
  • Six general retail spaces (6,353 square feet)
  • Two specialty retail spots (1,866 square feet)
  • One duty-free shop (4,600 square feet)

Stan Thornton, COO at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said during the meeting that the airport is seeking to fill out themed retail spaces — those used by theme parks for merchandise — and move onto filling out food and beverage space and other specialty shops.

Maps of the new airside terminal show most of the retail space is split between two levels, with Disney and Universal both having dual-level stores. Other spaces are earmarked for a sports bar, casual dining, gourmet market, fast casual/ethnic cuisine, a burger stop and more.


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“We will be looking at food and beverage, but a lot of different concepts. We hope to focus on something that’s emblematic of Orlando. You can’t do that all over, but more airports are doing local fare. For retail, you have the themed retail and news/gift and specialty retail,” Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, told Orlando Business Journal.

Site work already is underway at the new south terminal. The expansion will add 16 new gates to the airport — for both domestic and international flights — and will provide for future growth. The terminal, dubbed Terminal C, will be ready for flights by 2020 and is a vital cog to the overall growth of the $60 billion tourism and travel industry that serves more than 68 million annual visitors.