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Tampa International Airport committee evaluating food, beverage bids

Published Apr. 6, 2015

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport will have a whole new slew of dining, drinking and shopping options in 2017, and a very important — but very long — part of the selection process started Monday.

A committee of four airport employees began evaluating the concessions proposals at the Tampa Mainsail Extended Stay hotel. Their job is to evaluate and rank the proposals for what to put in the new concession spaces that will be added to the main terminal and airsides as part of TIA's renovation.

The meetings are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day and are open to the public, but no one will be allowed to address the committee. In fact, the committee members can't talk to anyone about the bids during the evaluation phase. The meetings are set to end April 13, but could wrap up sooner.

The committee's job is to evaluate and rank each proposal using a scale of 1 to 10. They have already evaluated the concept, floor, management and operations plans of each proposal.

Last month the bidders put on a presentation for each proposal, and now the committee must evaluate those pitches and the financial plans of each proposal.

There are several steps left in the concession bid evaluation process. Airport CEO Joe Lopano must then approve the committee's findings. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's governing board will vote on the winning concession bids on June 4.

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