Familiar faces win airport concession bids

The Brew Hut coffee shop will be returning to the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Cayman’s upgraded airport will feature many of the same shops and restaurants as the old facility, as well as a few new additions.

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority announced the winning bidders for the retail, food and beverage concessions Wednesday.

The food court will include dining options by Wendy’s, Subway, Island Taste and The Brew Hut, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority said in a press release.

Retail and duty-free shopping will be provided by Kirk Freeport, Last Chance Island Souvenirs, Bodden Freeport, Tortuga Rum Co., Jacques Scott, Island Jewellers and Churchill’s Cigars, the statement added.

It is understood that several of those companies, including Tortuga and Kirk Freeport, will operate multiple stores.

It was not immediately clear if all of the shops and restaurants would be ready for the December opening of the newly refurbished airport.

The statement said work had begun on fitting out the new locations last month and they would be opening in phases “over the next few months.” The Cayman Islands Airports Authority did not respond to follow-up questions.

Airports authority CEO Albert Anderson said in the release that the shops and restaurants would enhance the experience at the airport.

“Travelers to and from Owen Roberts International Airport can look forward to a myriad of enhancements and amenities over the next several months as we move closer to completing this multi-phased project to better serve our guests and to offer them a world-class airport experience,” Mr. Anderson said.

The airport departure lounge will also include the addition of a children’s play area, mothers’ nursing station and digital flight information displays. Overall, the expansion will almost triple the airport’s size, from 77,000 to 208,000 square feet, sufficient to accommodate 2.5 million passengers per year.

The bidders were informed in June of who had won the bids for concessions. The process almost had to be repeated after the airports authority missed its own initial deadline to announce the bid winners, however the deadline was extended by agreement with the bidders. It is not clear if there was any impact on the likely opening date of the shops and restaurants.